Proof that women need men more than fish need bicycles. 50% of women have a fall-back partner on standby who has always fancied them, in case their current relationship turns sour.

Our thanks to Pat for this piece published in the Mail in 2014.

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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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  • Slowcoach

    I would go much further than 50 %.

    How about almost all?

  • Lawrence Newman

    Oh, it’s 100%. This is how women are programmed. Every single time I hear of a woman leaving her man, it’s because she has another man lined up. My own mother cheated on my father with his business partner and left him after 25 years because she had another patsy to give her security. My ex-girlfriend left me because ‘she needed to be on her own’. I couldn’t blame her because I had clinical depression and was no fun to be around, but within a few days I found out she was back with her ex, and had most likely been sleeping with him before splitting up with me. This is the same guy who I beat up for harassing her 3-4 years previously and who she laughed at when she heard he was in casualty. I’m not proud of it but at the time I felt I was protecting my woman. We’ve all had our white knight moments. Never again.

    It’s a horrible pill to swallow, which is why most men reject it.

  • Colin Carter

    Call me devil’s advocate but I think this is feminist scaremongering. There’s no reason to trust this story – firstly it’s been published by the Mail, and secondly, most women well into a marriage are frankly over the hill, so the idea of a full 50% of them having a backup who’s obsessed with them is pretty far-fetched. Now take a look at this downright gleeful follow-up article from Jezebel:
    http://jezebel.com/how-to-choose-your-backup-husband-1639574786

    Then look at the Mail article again, especially the assertion that the backups concerned would be thrilled to take in the women if they decided to leave their partners, and this quote: ‘This news may cause a few men in relationships to think twice about not taking the rubbish out or choosing a night down the pub in favour of a cosy night in with his partner.’ That 50% is a fake statistic designed as a thinly veiled threat. The author (female, of course) is letting us know our place. I’m not buying it.

    • Lawrence Newman

      You don’t want it to be true. But it is.

    • This news may cause a few men in relationships to think twice about not taking the rubbish out or choosing a night down the pub in favour of a cosy night in with his partner.

      Too right. Nothing makes a cash strapped walking wallet and overburdened beast of burden do even more of her work as well as all of his own than the nagging fear that 99% of his problems could f*ck off and annoy someone else.