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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 28 2013

Why I am not a feminist

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES (First published 26/06/12) I had a lengthy chat with a producer from BBC Woman’s Hour the other day, about a feature they ran this morning on some men’s reluctance to identify as feminists. I missed out on the chance of a free BBC croissant in the end. This may have been partly …

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May 27 2013

What could really be done to reduce rape

If the prime aim of the interviews and comments provided by Nick Ross this weekend was to publicise his new book, it is safe to say mission accomplished. Ross is the veteran presenter of BBC’s Crimewatch series, and now the author of a new book simply called ‘Crime.’ His comments on rape prevention were highlighted …

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May 25 2013

In defence of freedom of speech

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES First published June 18th 2012   I am not the most dedicated gamer of my generation. I never owned a Pong machine or a Gameboy, a ZX Spectrum or a SNES. I’ve never played Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider or Final Fantasy. My only engagement with an XBox is the …

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May 23 2013

Terror and the Unknown Soldier

“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. ” – Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle In the afternoon light of a busy London street, two young men smash their car directly …

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May 19 2013

Intersectionality? It’s been a privilege

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES [Note:  Have done a slight edit on this one to clarify a couple of points and incorporate some useful feedback]  First published October 25th 2012 It’s fair to say that I’ve found the reviews, critiques and comment pieces inspired by Hanna Rosin’s End of Men rather more thought provoking and …

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May 17 2013

Dear Diane – about this crisis…

Dear Diane Abbott This week you took the opportunity presented by a speech at Demos to say some things I have been waiting to hear a British politician say for a long time, and for that I thank you. I’m particularly grateful for the attention you gave to the excellent work of the Men’s Health …

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May 15 2013

We don’t call this sexism, we call it, err…

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES [Note: I was unsure which archive piece to reanimate next. This piece closely echoes some of the discussions in the comments under the two pieces on misandry, so I figured it made sense to bring it out now and we can officially declare this Misandry Week on Heteronormative Patriarchy for …

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May 13 2013

Is misandry simply misogyny in disguise?

When I wrote recently on the misandry isn’t a thing thing, the counter-argument which I found most interesting and challenging went something like this: All the examples Ally provided were cases of PHMT [patriarchy hurts men too]; if femininity and woman-ness weren’t considered bad things, then men wouldn’t be punished for “adulterating” themselves with such …

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May 13 2013

On the misandry isn’t a thing thing

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES (Note: I have a follow-up to this post currently bubbling on the stove, so thought I would throw this up here now.) First published: April 4th 2013   As I have written many times before, I believe people who are concerned about women’s human rights and wellbeing and about men’s …

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May 09 2013

Empathy and the New Gender Wars

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES (Note: Over my first few weeks at Freethought Blogs, I shall be reposting some pieces from the archives at my previous home, alternated with new posts. Once we all start to get bored with me recycling old material, I’ll transfer the entire archive for you to peruse at your leisure. …

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