Archive for January, 2011

British Writer on Misandry

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Check out this important (and at times tongue-in-cheek) article by Giles Coren on sexism against men:

Only last week, for example, Jo Brand, the newly crowned Best Female TV Comic at the British Comedy Awards, was on Have I Got News For You and replied to the question ‘What’s your favourite kind of man, Jo?’ by saying: ‘A dead one.’ Oh, how the audience fell about. And the other contestants, all male, chortled away too.

I’m not saying it wasn’t funny. I’m just saying we live in a world where the thorough-going awfulness, uselessness and superfluity of the male sex is such a given, that a frontline television comic can get big laughs by saying she’d prefer it if we were all dead.

I suppose, in a way, British men are like white people were in Nineties South Africa or young Germans after the Second World War.

We are expected to go through a period of atonement for the sins of our fathers. To be treated worse than we merit because of crimes previously committed in our name: in this case the crime of feeding, protecting, loving and nurturing women in accordance with our biological imperative.

Re-engaging Boys in Learning

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Have a look at this interesting TED talk:

Interview on MSNBC

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

About a week ago I was interviewed by MSNBC and here is the result. At the moment it’s a front page story on World News.

For weeks, the debate has dominated the airwaves and newspapers in Sweden.

But while many view the ability to discuss the ambiguous intimate issues as a positive thing, the gray area often referred to and the country’s relatively broad definition of rape alarms others.

Pelle Billing, a M.D. who lectures and writes on gender and men’s issues, worries that Sweden’s rape and domestic violence laws make it difficult for men to get a fair trial.

He cites a quote by the lawyer for Assange’s accusers, who went to the police for advice before deciding to file charges.

“Women who are assaulted don’t always define it as that,” said lawyer Claes Borgstrom, who is the Swedish Social Democratic Party’s spokesman on gender equality. “It’s a big problem in our society and it can be difficult to assess what has happened if you are not a lawyer.”

“So how is man supposed to know what the boundaries are if the women don’t know?” Billing asks. According to him, feminism in Sweden has stopped being about equal rights and has begun to infringe on men’s rights.

So Billing spends little time worrying whether the case against Assange is the result of U.S. pressure on Sweden and instead focuses on whether Swedish courts uphold the presumption of innocence for men accused of rape and domestic violence.

Billing was excoriated in public for discussing his beliefs and the Assange case on a leading current affairs program.

Venus: The Dark Side

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Everyone knows that dangerous men exist. But how about dangerous women?

More information here.