I was called at around 08:00 today by a researcher working on Nick Ferrari’s breakfast show, asking if I’d contribute to the show 10 minutes later, in connection with this piece on the BBC website. I agreed, and I’m hoping to receive the audio file tomorrow from LBC, so I can post it on our YouTube channel. Among a number of points, I made the point that misandry is common, and misogyny very rare. Besides, it’s not misogyny if you hate Alison Saunders, Jess Phillips, Harriet Harman et al. It’s a civic duty.
I cannot, offhand, recall an instance of a parliamentarian uttering the word “misandry”, and perhaps surprisingly, the person in question was a woman – Baroness Williams of Trafford. Her comments leave little doubt as to her personal views about considering misandry as a hate crime. An extract from the article, emphases ours:
The Law Commission – an independent body that looks regularly at laws and whether they need to be updated – began its review of hate crime following a campaign by the Labour MP Stella Creasy.
She wanted misogyny to be recognised in the same way as racial or religious hatred because of the high levels of harassment that girls and women suffer.
As for why hostility against men is being included too, Home Office Minister Baroness Williams says the government always responds to what “the public and other organisations are telling us”. [J4MB: A barefaced lie.] And it appears at least some feel misandry is an issue.
She said the government wasn’t telling the Law Commission to recommend that misandry be included, but was simply asking for its view on the matter.
“It may well be that particular strand is not necessary to take forward, but we are asking them to look at it,” she added.
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