Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 28 2013

Policy on ending sexual violence – a thought experiment

The UK government has a policy page on ending sexual violence.  Here is what it doesn’t say: ————- Issue Too many young lives are blighted by sexual crime. Rapists and sexual abusers carry out a quarter of all violent crimes committed in the UK. We want to reduce crimes of sexual violence and stop young …

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Oct 26 2013

College rape and the importance of measuring success


To my eyes, one of feminism’s more frustrating traits is a widespread refusal to acknowledge social progress or its own successes. It’s rather odd when you think about it. It is at least 40 years since feminists began to turn serious attention to topics of sexual and domestic violence, with the publication of works like …

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Oct 23 2013

One final exchange with Mike Buchanan

So I thought I’d said about as much as I wanted to say to Mike Buchanan of Justice for Men and Boys. Then I received an email. Since in my last thread I’d publicly stated that if Mike were to offer one of his public challenges to me I would probably  file it in the …

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Oct 17 2013

A personal manifesto for men and boys

It would be a fair summary to say that I was not overly impressed with the policy proposals put forward by the new political party, Justice for Men and Boys. Among the hundreds of comments that followed my blog on the matter, at least one reader pointed out that while I had been forthright in …

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Oct 13 2013

The stupid, the hypocritical and the downright evil: A response to Justice 4 Men and Boys

Earlier this year, Mike Buchanan, a British Men’s Rights Activist, announced the formation of Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) a political party which he hopes to be standing in the 2015 general election. The announcement was enough to generate a small flurry of media reports, including an interview on …

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Oct 10 2013

Malestrom pt 4: Male anger and the forces of conservatism.

This is part of a series asking why (some) men are so angry. For the introduction and links to other posts in the series as they appear, go here   As any website administrator can tell you, people rarely like change.  Redesign your front page or your comment section, or just change the colour scheme and …

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Oct 08 2013

Censoring atheists at LSE is a victory for oppression

Note: Don’t usually cross-post my Guardian Comment is Free pieces, but since I am occasionally reminded that this is a freethought / atheist / secularist blog site, I thought I might as well paste  my latest here too, since it is rather in keeping with the philosophy. More on this story on Alex and Ophelia‘s blogs   …

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Oct 06 2013

Magic Trick: Chris Brown and the disappearing child sex abuse

Less than a week after Victoria Coren-Mitchell was calling for nuance in how we discuss and describe difficult issues like the sexual abuse and rape of children, Decca Aitkenhead in the Guardian has adopted a novel approach – simply ignore it. Aitkenhead was interviewing R&B star and convicted domestic abuser Chris Brown. She began the …

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