After obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree (2:1) in Chemistry at Reading University in 1979, Mike started a career with Beecham, in Maidenhead. He was a business executive and consultant for many years before taking early retirement in 2010, at the age of 52, to focus full-time on gender issues. One of his consulting clients was the Conservative party (2006-8). Along with many other party members, he cancelled his membership in 2009 after David Cameron announced his intention to employ all-women shortlists for the next general election.
Mike launched two campaigns in 2012, The Anti-Feminism League and Campaign for Merit in Business. He’s the leader of the political party he registered in February 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them) – J4MB.
Mike has committed to working full-time for J4MB – as party leader, or in another capacity – until at least the 2029 general election, at which point he’ll be 71.
The world’s first International Conference on Men’s Issues was hosted by A Voice for Men (AVfM) near Detroit in June 2014. It was a huge success, and Mike was one of the speakers. A video of his speech, and the associated transcript, can be accessed here. All the conference speeches, and related materials, are here.
J4MB hosted the second International Conference on Men’s Issues at Excel London in July 2016, in association with A Voice for Men. The event had 20 speakers (including five women and a Conservative MP, Philip Davies) and drew attendees from 20 countries. It was a resounding success, details here. A video of Mike’s speech ‘The Political War on Men and Boys’ is here, a video of Philip Davies’s speech ‘The Justice Gender Gap’ here. Videos of all the speeches may be found on the J4MB YouTube channel (scroll down to 8-10 July, 2017).
J4MB supported A Voice for Men and a number of other organizations in organizing the third International Conference on Men’s Issues, held in Gold Coast, Australia, in June 2017. The conference website is here, a playlist of the presentations and related materials here. The video of Mike’s presentation, ‘Lets Get Visible – Beyond Keyboard Activism’, is here.
J4MB will be hosting the fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues in July 2018, details yet to be announced (as at 8.9.17).
J4MB seeks to raise public consciousness about the disadvantages and discriminations faced by men and boys in modern Britain, which are primarily the consequence of the state’s actions and inactions. The proposed name of the party, and some of the thinking behind launching a political party, were exclusively revealed in Mike’s article published by A Voice for Men in 2013. By October 2015 AVfM had published over 60 of Mike’s articles, they’re available here.
Mike’s 10 books are available to order worldwide through the usual channels and through his publishing website. If ordered through his website, the books will be signed and dedicated (upon request).
Mike’s last three books have been concerned with gender-related matters:
David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? (2010)
The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the REAL reasons more women don’t reach senior positions (2011)
Feminism: the ugly truth (2012)
The Glass Ceiling Delusion has received numerous testimonials including the following:
Equality of opportunity is a fine thing but equality of outcome is another matter entirely. There is little doubt that men and women have, on average, different talents and interests that make gender quotas in the workplace unfair and impractical. The Glass Ceiling Delusion is a welcome, well-argued addition to the debate about whether women should be pushed up the social ladder just because they are women, and thus at a presumed disadvantage. This is rather an insult to women and Margaret Thatcher, for one, would not have agreed. Individuals should be treated as individuals, not as members of a particular race, class or gender. Whatever the historic injustices, this is the only way that social structures can evolve naturally.
Glenn Wilson Visiting Professor of Psychology, Gresham College, London
The Glass Ceiling Delusion attacks head-on the militant feminist myth that men and women have the same interests and capabilities. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, Mike Buchanan shows that the under-representation of women in senior positions in business has nothing to do with discrimination and ‘glass ceilings’, and that attempts to impose quotas are therefore fundamentally flawed. A polemical book with an important message.
Peter Saunders Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sussex University
The Glass Ceiling Delusion makes a significant counter-argument to the debate about women in boardrooms, and for this reason alone it deserves to be read. Whilst I’m personally too old to enter the fray, I’d nonetheless like to add that every scholarly study I’ve read about women in management during the past fifteen years indicates that successful women have exactly the same characteristics as successful men. All my life I’ve admired successful women as much as successful men and have had the privilege of working for and with many of them. A typical example is the brilliant Diane Thompson of the Camelot Group. Another is Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of my own University. Women like this get to the top on sheer talent; they have no need of a ‘gender agenda’.
In this debate, however, we also need to be aware that we need pressure groups to ameliorate deep-seated prejudices in society, but a point is inevitably reached beyond which we must let meritocracy in a free society take over, otherwise we enter the dangerous domain of social engineering. The irony is that Mike Buchanan’s own movement, Campaign for Merit in Business, is also a pressure group. So, whilst I don’t agree with everything he says and does, I believe his book at least deserves to be read and seriously considered, preferably dispassionately.
Malcolm McDonald Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management
The Glass Ceiling Delusion demythologizes each of thirty elements the author has identified of the now generally accepted claim that women are discriminated against in the world of white-collar work. Much has been accomplished recently in disclosing the half-truths about women and domestic violence, for example, but Buchanan illuminates an area that other critics of ideological feminism have not considered. Buchanan’s analysis is based partly on his experience of working as an executive for major British and American multinational corporations for over 30 years until 2010. His book should inspire research on settings of corporate power everywhere. Always witty and sometimes even biting in style, Buchanan’s text is grounded in important texts in psychobiology, sociology, history and politics. It is an impassioned yet not angry argument that deserves the careful attention of policy-makers and a general readership.
Professor Miles Groth PhD Editor, New Male Studies: An International Journal
The Glass Ceiling Delusion is an important and brave book, the best book on social economics and society in general published for decades. It’s irresistibly compelling, cogently argues and superbly put together. It should be in all school and college libraries. It should be compulsory reading for social science, economics and politics students. It should be force-fed to male and female politicians. This is definitely a five-star book. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
Dr Vernon Coleman bestselling English author
Mike operates three blogs in addition to this one. Campaign for Merit in Business was launched in 2012, and is concerned with the need for merit to be the sole basis for recruitment and promotion in the workplace, in opposition to the initiatives which seek ‘improved’ gender diversity in senior executive positions, including in boardrooms, regardless of individual women’s merit compared with their male peers, and regardless of the evidence which shows that one consequence of these initiatives is corporate financial decline. Mike presented that evidence to the House of Commons inquiry ‘Women in the Workplace’ in 2012, the video of the session is here.
The initiatives are anti-meritocratic, they’re inspired and sustained by radical feminist ideology, yet they were supported and largely financed by the Conservative-led coalition (2010-15) and are continuing to this day, with a Conservative government (2015-). It’s known that one longer-term target is gender-balanced boards at FTSE350 companies.
Another blog, that of The Anti-Feminism League, isn’t being updated (as of September 2013) as all new posts will be on this website and/or that of Campaign for Merit in Business.
The Alternative Sexism Project is dedicated to highlighting the sexism experienced by men and boys, which causes far more grievous harm than the sexism experienced by women and girls.
Mike supports writers with the ambition to write books about men’s issues and feminism, on commercial terms. Feel free to contact him at any time. His email address is email@example.com and his phone number 07967 026163.