Feminism Is for Everyone – An Intelligence Squared event with June Eric-Udorie, Catherine Mayer, Jess Phillips and David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a blithering idiot. Excerpts:

Held on International Women’s Day, Intelligence Squared brought together a fantastic panel of speakers to discuss “Feminism Is for Everyone”.

BBC newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis chaired the event, from the outset clarifying the discussion was not to be focused on the merits of feminism as such – taking equality as a given aim – but rather the inclusivity of feminism and how the so-called “fifth wave” has played out in our current climate…

David Baddiel made light of being the representative of his gender in the discussion: “I think I’m here to prove this is the inverse of another BBC panel show…” The comedian, actor and writer brought a natural humour and contrasting insight, highlighting the inherited understanding of what it means to be a man as not only damaging to women’s position in society but men as well: “Suicide is still the biggest killer of young men in the UK. [It’s the biggest killer of men under 50.] Working class men particularly – they don’t feel they have a way of expressing themselves.”

For him, crucially important is a toxic prevailing paradigm where mainstream media (cringing that he used Trump’s term, though unavoidable) is selling itself on images of women, feeding a stereotyped idea of a what a women should look like: “Everywhere you look, we are faced with a one-dimensional woman designed to sell you something – we don’t notice this enormous objectification of women everywhere.”

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Peter L

    How can it be ‘for everyone’ if a big part of it is blaming and excluding one gender?

    • Paul Jackson

      It can’t and it isn’t

  • Slowcoach

    Quote from the item;

    “David Baddiel made light of being the representative of his gender in the discussion: “I think I’m here to prove this is the inverse of another BBC panel show…” The comedian, actor and writer brought a natural humour and contrasting insight, highlighting the inherited understanding of what it means to be a man as not only damaging to women’s position in society but men as well”

    Regretably I have to advise of another printing error.
    This paragraph should read;

    “David Baddiel GAVE HIMSELF AWAY IN USING THE FeMARXIST CODE WORD ‘GENDER’ INSTEAD OF ‘SEX’, in the PROPAGANDA PIECE.
    “I think I’m here to prove WHAT AN UNFUNNY POLITCALLY CORRECT TWAT I AM on this bbc AGITPROP show”
    The UNWITTING COMEDIENNE, BUFFOON and DISSEMBLER brought a natural STUPIDITY and CONSISTANT LACK of insight, highlighting the inherited MISunderstanding of what it means to be a MANgina as not only damaging to MEN’S position in society, but also WOMEN’S as well.

    Apologies, hope this clears things up.

  • Vasubandhu

    I thought a ‘debate’ was meant to feature pro and contra viewpoints, not a love-in with minor differences on points of emphasis. Intelligence Squared should know better. They hosted an interesting debate on Napoleon for instance, between the distinguished historians Michael Roberts and Adam Zamoyski, on whether the great man was truly great. The only consolation will be when Intelligence Squared put this on Youtube and get completely trashed in the comments. Disappointing to see a large number of cucks in the audience.