Our thanks to Stu for an embarrassing piece by Robert Webb in New Statesman, Male feminists are the turkeys who voted for… a long and fulfilling life. An extract should give you a flavour of the piece:
In fact, the point of International Men’s Day on 19 November is to highlight those areas where men disproportionately need help rather than disproportionately cause trouble. It will be pointed out to me that it is “no laughing matter” that three out of four suicides are male. It is also true that the overwhelming majority of murders are perpetrated by men and I can’t say my sides are splitting about that either. The two things are linked, [J4MB: How, precisely?] but the problem with IMD is that these serious issues attract the attention of some deeply unserious people. [J4MB: Cue smug self-satisfaction among the ‘serious’ feminists who read this trashy publication.]
Webb than takes two statements by Paul Elam which made perfect sense in the context of the pieces in which they appeared, and no sense out of that context, before attacking The Red Pill, which I doubt he’s even watched:
Which brings us to the second category. Who wrote this? “You see, I find you, as a feminist, to be a loathsome, vile piece of human garbage. I find you so pernicious and repugnant that the idea of fucking your shit up gives me an erection.” Yikes! And this: “Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.” Ooh.
These are the public musings of Paul Elam, generally considered to be the “father” of the modern men’s rights movement and founder of one of its more respectable websites. Paul shows up in The Red Pill, Cassie Jaye’s cack-handed and helplessly partial documentary about people like Paul which claims to be entirely objective despite being part-funded by its subjects.
At next year’s conference Paul Elam will be giving the keynote speech, “Female privilege: Why women should be ashamed of themselves”. Webb’s article is a reminder that plenty of men, too, should be ashamed of themselves.
The equivalent publication on the other side of the political divide is The Spectator. Feminism is rarely criticised, often lauded, and from time to time it features articles by the likes of Julie Burchill and Julie Bindel.