Our thanks to Nigel for this. He writes:
I highlight this because it’s a good example of how subtle gynocentrism can be. On the face of it Dominic Lawson is making good points about the sort of female “in-group preferencing” shown all the time. Women supporting women, no matter what, and of course the chivalry that draws men to support this. But he weakens his argument by falling for a classic desire to be a knight in shining armour, by repeating the lie that women in public life get more abuse than men. In fact this is simply not true as has been reported in the DM in the past.
During Theresa May’s tenure as PM a Parliamentary inquiry was undertaken into this “online abuse”. Top of the list at the time was Boris Johnson, way out ahead, Theresa May, the most abused woman in the list, was at number 7. This pattern has been repeated a number of times. Lawson clearly doesn’t read the DM and does want to believe somehow powerful women need saving from nasty abuse but the facts don’t fit this urge to protect. The point is of course that it’s this deep urge to believe women that makes feminist parroting of lies and dodgy stats so effective.
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