How interesting that The Guardian has discovered footage of Conservative MP Philip Davies speaking at a conference on men’s rights, the day after Labour leadership candidates clashed over women’s representation.
Philip Davies (yes, him again) said he saw no reason not to speak at a conference organised by the Justice for Men and Boys Party, even though he belongs to the Tories.
But much of what he said agrees with the beliefs of J4MB. He accused feminists of fighting – not for equality, but for women to have an advantage over men, suggesting that they “are very quick to point out that women need special protections and treatment”.
He added that, in his opinion, this had led to an “‘equality but only when it suits’” agenda.
He quoted examples about increasing the numbers of women on company boards and female representation in parliament, contrasting it with “a deafening silence” on increasing the number of men who have custody of their children or who have careers as midwives.
Meanwhile, in the Labour leadership hustings on August 11, Jeremy Corbyn said, “as a party we should be supporting policies that bring about a much better gender balance in our society.”
He also talked about ending a systemic problem in which certain jobs are seen to be women-only or men-only. He also demanded the closure of the gender pay gap.
Owen Smith talked about sharing the top jobs in the Shadow Cabinet evenly between men and women. This Writer cannot entirely support such a policy as I believe it is important to allocate such positions according to ability – not gender.
This of course means that there will be occasions when more women should have top jobs than men, and it is a tragedy that, in modern times, I still feel the need to make that clear.
He added that it was important for Labour to encourage female participation in politics because it is “tough” trying to succeed as a woman in that field.
Which of the above do you think has the right ideas? Following on from that, which do you think should be able to take their ideas further, as part of a UK government?
A Tory MP has spoken at a men’s rights conference hosted by an anti-feminism party, telling the audience that “feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it”.
Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, delivered a 45-minute speech at the International Conference on Men’s Issues, organised by the Justice for Men and Boys party (J4MB).
Davies, who sits on the Commons justice committee, told the conference at the ExCel centre in London that Britain’s justice system was skewed in favour of women and discriminated against men.
J4MB states on its website that it intends to target the 20 most marginal Conservative constituencies in the next general election and has the income to fund its candidates’ £500 deposits.
Davies, a pro-Brexit campaigner who backed Andrea Leadsom for the Tory leadership, appeared alongside anti-feminist bloggers who have likened the activist Malala Yousafzai to Osama bin Laden and called single mothers “bona fide idiots”.
J4MB issues awards for “lying feminist of the month”, “toxic feminist of the month” and “whiny feminist of the month”, and promotes inflammatory articles on its website including a piece titled 13 reasons women lie about being raped.
Davies has voted against equalities legislation, argued against equality targets in the workplace and once tabled a private member’s bill that would have repealed the Sex Discrimination Act 2002.
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