Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 27 2013

The HetPat First Directive

Following a discussion thread about moderation, I agreed with the regular commenters here that there should be an extra rule, which we hereby dub The HetPat First Directive (HPFD).I have now amended my Comments on Comments page to include the following HPFD: Thou shalt not generalise about gender activist movements or judge people’s arguments by their association. …

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Jul 25 2013

What should a men’s movement look like?

In preparation for the upcoming National Conference on Men and Boys, Glen Poole has posted an interesting poll. Picking up on Ann-Marie Slaughter’s recent article arguing that there’s a need for a men’s movement, Glen asks what it would or should actually look like. His list is a fairly accurate reflection of the different flavours …

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Jul 22 2013

Zimmerman, Martin and patriarchal misandry: An intersectional analysis

The analysis of President Obama’s press conference on the George Zimmerman verdict focussed quite correctly upon America’s ongoing issues with race. I have no wish to once more revise the debate as to whether the verdict was reasonable or not (if you’re interested, I agreed with every word of Deborah Orr’s piece the other day) …

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Jul 20 2013

Musings on moderation

Since I moved this blog to FTB, I’ve received about 50 comments every day on average. Over the past few weeks it has been closer to 100 per day. Many of these comments are long and intricate, thoughtful and carefully expressed. Others not so much, but I welcome them all. As a general rule, I …

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Jul 19 2013

Goodbye baby boomers: the most criminal generation of them all

It is hardly surprising that David Cameron was out and about yesterday boasting of another sharp decline in crime levels. I won’t blame him for claiming credit, any prime minister would do the same, but there is little evidence that political policies have had much effect. Similar trends can be seen in most Western countries …

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Jul 15 2013

Official: The Conservative policy on single teenage mothers


After three years picking on the disabled, the poor and the unemployed, you might have thought the Tories would have run out of easy targets to bully. But no, today they decided to pick on one of the most unfairly demonized and mythologized sections of the population: single teenage mothers. Cynics among you might imagine …

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Jul 15 2013

Recession, austerity and domestic violence: a case unproven

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES Note 15/07/13.  In Saturday’s Guardian, Deborah Orr mused on two important questions around domestic violence. The first was the familiar worry as to whether the current economic crisis has sparked an upturn in intimate partner abuse. She hangs her argument around figures from Citizens’ Advice Bureaux showing a large increase …

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Jul 09 2013

Just checking in…

I haven’t had time to add any sparkling new content (or even sludgy prose) to this blog for a week or so, normal service should resume shortly. In the meantime, a couple of pieces of mine have gone up elsewhere this week. In the Guardian, I reflected on what Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon might …

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Jul 05 2013

Fathers 4 Justice:solutions lies in our families, not our family courts

Note: I ran this at the Guardian yesterday. It’s a topic that some of the regulars here have seemed keen to discuss, so here’s a repost   It appears to be the season for symbolic gestures. Last week Fathers4Justice (F4J) activist Paul Manning was arrested and charged for gluing a photo of a child to Constable’s …

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Jul 03 2013

Dear Paul Elam…

Oh hi Paul, how nice of you to take an interest in my writing. First, credit where due. This line was a zinger: “Fogg said what MHRAs have been saying since before he could spell DV”. That’s a great line. it’s spectacularly inaccurate, for what it’s worth, but why let the truth get in the …

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