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Ally Fogg

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

Biography

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. Girls, boys and gangs: beyond villain and victim — March 24, 2014
  2. How to be a douchebag — March 13, 2014
  3. Getting into bed with Christian fundamentalism: Behind the APPG report — March 4, 2014
  4. Is gender inherently oppressive? — February 21, 2014
  5. Some important findings from the ONS crime stats: Intimate & sexual violence — February 14, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Dear Paul Elam… — 542 comments
  2. The stupid, the hypocritical and the downright evil: A response to Justice 4 Men and Boys — 506 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

Jan 18 2014

A quick update on moderation policy

There’s something that I’ve had to take action on several occasions in recent weeks. It is something which I personally consider very serious and I thought I should spell it out. I will not tolerate references to someone’s (supposed) mental health status as an ad hominem attack. I’m particularly thinking of things like References to …

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Jan 11 2014

I’m only writing this to get laid. Or am I?

sexmotive1

Let me tell you about a stupid thing people often say to me. They’ve been saying it to me for years, and I have never written about it before, mostly because it is so full of stupid it feels almost unfair to pick it up and rattle it until all the stupid falls out – …

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Jan 10 2014

Where’s the power? Some thoughts on Emer O’Toole’s feminist flowchart

Copyright  Emer O'Toole / The Guardian

I turned my back on the Guardian’s Comment is Free page for about five minutes on Thursday afternoon, and when I turned back around there was a piece by Emer O’Toole on men and feminism that had already reaped around 1300 comments. I clicked, expecting some provocative outrage above the line and a savage feeding-frenzy …

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Jan 02 2014

Louise Mensch and the grotesque spectacle of white privilege

I have been trying to keep quiet on the ongoing schisms within feminism, and in particular the flare-ups between mainstream or ‘white’ feminism and those broadly grouped under the intersectional banner on social media. I’ve actually written and abandoned a couple of posts, realising they were going to help nobody and risked further hurting some …

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Dec 18 2013

Trollololol, BMJ

So, it is pretty funny that the British Medical Journal is trolling us.   Participants, setting, and design To be eligible participants had to be part of a couple and willing to take part in the study. We carried out a parallel trial with one man and one woman in their own home. It was …

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Dec 09 2013

Just dropping by

Hi there. Just a quick fly-by to say I’m doing some contract work at the moment, generally up to my eyeballs, and haven’t had time to blog. If any regular readers are in London, you might like to know that I’m in Hackney on Thursday night, at the near-legendary BBC Question Time Watchalong  night. I’m …

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Dec 03 2013

Courts must not rule on circumcision, even in Israel

It is difficult to decide what is most shocking about the decisions made by Israeli Rabbinical courts last month. First there is the simple outrage that a mother could be fined for refusing to allow her son to be circumcised, with an additional 500 shekels (around £90) levied for every day she refuses to submit …

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Nov 26 2013

Instant reflections on the Natsal survey on sexual coercion

Today saw the publication of the new edition of the Lancet journal, which is largely devoted to Britain’s largest survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyle: Natsal Much media attention was devoted to the findings on rape and sexual coercion, or as the researchers call it, non-volitional sex. To the best of my knowledge, it is …

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Nov 25 2013

So how do we eliminate violence against women?

Today, November 25th, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I’ve always liked the unequivocal absolutism of this demand – it’s not just a call for awareness, or even a reduction, but the total, final eradication of violence against women. As the Situationists used to say: Be reasonable – demand the impossible. …

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Nov 24 2013

How to lie with statistics, chapter whatever

DV_EvidenceUK

Over the past few weeks a graph has been tweeted into my timeline several times, purporting to show that “Domestic Violence Crime has #climbed 31% since April 2010.” The tweet was originally sent by an account called “EvidenceUK” which declares ‘The purpose of this account is to factually correct the errors and lies peddled by …

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