Ally Fogg

Author's details

Name: Ally Fogg
Date registered: May 4, 2013
Jabber / Google Talk: hetpat


Ally Fogg is a UK-based freelance writer and journalist, whose day job includes a weekly column on Comment is Free at www.guardian.co.uk and miscellaneous scribbles elsewhere, mostly on issues of UK politics and social justice. This blog is dedicated to exploring gender issues from a male perspective, unshackled from any dogmatic ideology. Ally is often accused of being a feminist lapdog and an anti-feminist quisling; a misogynist and a misandrist; a mangina and a closet MRA, and concludes that the only thing found in pigeonholes is pigeon shit. He can be contacted most easily through www.allyfogg.co.uk or @allyfogg on Twitter.

Latest posts

  1. It’s time to stop defaming our boys — July 18, 2014
  2. The famously fluffy and friendly Friday open thread — July 11, 2014
  3. Man mansplains that men also mansplain to men. Another man mansplains why — July 11, 2014
  4. No excuses: Yewtree, the stars and the victim-blaming — July 9, 2014
  5. Asking some awkward questions about FGM — July 3, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Dear Paul Elam… — 543 comments
  2. The stupid, the hypocritical and the downright evil: A response to Justice 4 Men and Boys — 507 comments
  3. A personal manifesto for men and boys — 478 comments
  4. Malestrom pt 1: The rights and wrongs of anger — 449 comments
  5. Fathers 4 Justice:solutions lies in our families, not our family courts — 434 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 18 2014

It’s time to stop defaming our boys


The most remarkable news report appeared on Salon and a few other outlets this week. Reporting research by the school of public health at Columbia University, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the coverage recounted findings that were so shocking as to take the breath away. Dr David Bell and colleagues had conducted …

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Jul 11 2014

The famously fluffy and friendly Friday open thread

As far as I can work out, there are currently arguments still ongoing on four different threads on this blog, which may be a record. I’m not sure you all really need somewhere else to argue, but since we haven’t had a new open thread for a couple of weeks I figured we should have a …

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Jul 11 2014

Man mansplains that men also mansplain to men. Another man mansplains why

  There is an entertaining piece on the Economist’s blog site this week, about how gender affects conversational styles. It was neatly summarised by the mag’s own Twitter-feed as “man mansplains that men also mansplain to men.” The post raises a couple of really interesting points, I think. The first is alluded to but not …

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Jul 09 2014

No excuses: Yewtree, the stars and the victim-blaming

  content note: brief details of sexual assaults are relayed later in this piece   Unlike Neil Lyndon, I was too young to experience the legendary decadence of the 1970s. I did, however, party my way through the chemical kaleidoscope of the late 80s and 90s, a time which bore many similarities. Hedonism was at a …

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Jul 03 2014

Asking some awkward questions about FGM

Female genital mutilation is always an abhorrent obscenity. In its more invasive forms it carries significant implications for health and, most obviously sexual health. I have no quibble with the Home Affairs Select Committee that the failure to protect girls in the UK from the practice is a national scandal. We have victim testimony and …

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Jun 28 2014

Everyday sexists or exceptional sickos? Observing hostile public masturbation

Laura Bates this week devoted her Everyday Sexism blog on the Guardian to the issue of men masturbating in public, specifically as a means of harassing women. Based on the contributions submitted to her website and over Twitter, she made a convincing case that this is one of the more common forms of harassment women …

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Jun 27 2014

The Fishin’ Around Friday Open Thread

There have been several of our recurring themes around the news this week. As a few of you were discussing in the last open thread, Rhiannon Brooker has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years for making false rape allegations against her ex-boyfriend. Most people’s attention was captured by the frankly outrageous comments from Women Against Rape …

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Jun 23 2014

How I learned to stop worrying and love their #ListeningToMenFace

Poehler Fey

There was a moment when I was browsing the #ListeningToMenFace tweets over the weekend when I wondered whether it might be considered genuinely harmful. If you’re a twit-refusenik or somehow missed it, this was a hashtag under which women, mostly but not entirely from feminist corners, posted photos, animated gifs of the faces they make …

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Jun 13 2014

The Footy Frenzy Friday Open Thread

Evening all. I’d love to tell you all about the latest fascinating twists and turns in the world of gender politics, but to be perfectly honest the only thing I’m thinking about this weekend is the footy. Go Costa Rica! What’s on your radar folks?  

Jun 11 2014

Can we finally nail down those male victim statistics?

Table 4.11

Dear Anna I’m genuinely grateful for this post on your blog Economista Dentata which delves into the ONS statistics on domestic abuse. After the week I’ve had, I really hope this gives me the opportunity to establish some recognised consensus as to the best available knowledge on some controversial questions, and the fact that you …

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