In the middle of last week I was invited by the BBC to be among those to possibly appear on the first episode of the new series of Sunday Morning Live, to speak on issues including men’s rights, following the government’s rejection of most of the recommendations in a report by the Wimmin and Equality Committee on fathers in the workplace. Of course I agreed, and had extensive discussions, but late Friday evening I learned I hadn’t been chosen to appear.
The full programme is available on iPlayer, and accessible to BBC licence fee payers for the next 29 days – here. The section on “Are Men’s Rights Neglected?” is over 39:40 – 52:30. So, what were the ideological leanings of those contributing to the discussion on men’s rights, either in the studio or via video?
Laurie Penny, toxic feminist
Gavin Shuker MP (Labour, Luton South)
Ally Fogg, mangina journalist with The Guardian
Grace Barrett, co-founder, Self-Esteem Team
Sean Fletcher, presenter
NON-FEMINISTS, OR NOT OBVIOUSLY FEMINISTS (3)
Nick Ferrari, presenter, LBC
Mark Lehain, Director, Parents and Teachers for Excellence
Ella Whelan, writer and journalist (notably for Spiked)
ANTI-FEMINISTS / MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS (0)
Balance is a fine thing.