On the Sunday before last I was in a discussion on the BBC’s The Big Question, their flagship TV programme in which a panel of people debate topical affairs. The topic being debated was, “Is masculinity in crisis?” The nine men on the panel started with a young mangina with nail varnish on the extreme left. He lives as a man for half the week, as a woman the other half. He makes a living from performing as a drag queen. A fine example of modern British masculinity, then.
At the opposite end of the panel was myself, on the extreme right. The BBC do like their little jokes. Three other men on the panel hold non-feminist / anti-feminist / gender equalist positions – Professor Eric Anderson, who’ll be speaking at the July conference, Martin Daubney, who spoke at the 2016 conference, and Simon Evans, one of my favourite British comedians. Evans has appeared on Question Time once or twice recently.
I’ve asked the BBC for copyright clearance to post the video on our YouTube channel, to avoid a copyright strike, and the silence is deafening. So I thought I’d link to the video on YouTube, here (58:55). It’s had 84,000+ views so far.
Nicky Campbell’s feminist bias has never been more evident. For most of the entire discussion, he addressed the left hand side of the panel, and outrageously indulged the two young men on the extreme left who wittered ignorant BS about feminism, the patriarchy etc. He feigned some puzzlement at being called a feminist by me, although he clearly is one, and the programme’s producer – a woman, what are the chances? – proudly told me before the show that she’s a feminist. I’ve yet to meet anyone at the BBC who could be described as being even remotely anti-feminist. We can be sure that self-identifying as such would be committing career suicide.