Always crashing in the same car

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Learning about gender inequality at school is the perfect way to bust the myth that feminism is about hating men, before it becomes ingrained.  Laura Bates

EYE was delighted to hear this week’s news that feminism is going to remain on the Politics A’Level syllabus.

In my next post I’ll explain why but for now I want to share a quick observation about the common myth that all feminists hate men and will happily accuse them of all sorts of outrageously hateful things simply to undermine them, whilst simultaneously seeking to feather their own nest.

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Like most political ideologies, ‘feminism’ incorporates an extremely broad church of beliefs, views and opinions; for this simple reason the suggestion that all feminists are united by a pathological hatred of men is clearly an absurd one

Let’s face it when characters so diametrically different as Mike Buchanan and Jessica Valenti self identify as modern day feminists, it’s not difficult to see why (again, like most political brands) feminists are as likely to hate on each other as they are to hate on every single man in existence.

Hopefully the next generation of politics students will be encouraged to have mature and open discussions about what feminism really means in the 21st century and at a time when less than 10% of British woman identify as such, why it has never quite managed to shake off persistent allegations of man hating.

Of course to do so will require some acknowledgement of the fact that, while most feminists don’t exclusively hate all men, some woman will have gravitated towards the sisterhood because of unsatisfactory or even unrequited personal experiences with the opposite sex and that, at least some self identifying feminists really do go to bed at night dreaming of a world improved by the absence of men.

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This fact can be especially evidenced in some of the more unguarded and, let’s face it, unchallenged behavior displayed by from some of the new generation of ‘networked’ (4th wave) feminists working in mainstream journalism and the many manslamming mantras that they are happy promote to the world.

Take New Statesman regular June Eric Udorie who was heavily involved in the campaign to keep feminism on the syllabus.

While practically the rest of the world was mourning David Bowie’s tragic departure last week and reflecting on how he had brought so much light into so many people’s individual lives; June’s generous twitter contribution was to regurgitate some nasty ill spirited and long since debunked rape allegations dating back to the 1970’s.

June’s obviously not a fan of Bowie then and she’s obviously not too keen on men in general.

Fair enough as far as it’s fair enough but in my humble subjective opinion anyone aspiring for public office (feminist or otherwise) is going to seriously struggle at the ballot box if they entertain aspirations to eliminate half of their constituents.

By the way, there is a petition to put Bowie on the back of the twenty pound note.  EYE signed it, not because of what he was but because of who he was, what he did, how he did it and what it meant to me.

“In life, there’s only one rule,” the journalist Miranda Sawyer wrote on Facebook. “Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like David Bowie.” It’s about as certain a law to live by as any other. Caitlin Moran

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