I recently had a short article published by a respected website:
Little of the piece’s content will come as any surprise to those of you familiar with this blog. But I’d like to draw your attention to the comment thread which follows it, because it seems to me to be indicative both of anti-male feeling – among both men and women – and the growing public consciousness and concern about assaults on men’s human rights.
I mention in the piece that the vast majority of homeless people (in the UK) are men. Towards the end of the comment thread is an insightful comment from a lady who I’ve not managed to track down through a Google search, but she posts a photograph and what I presume is her real name, Gillian Dale Jefferies. She writes:
As a social worker if I have a female homeless on a Friday I can get housing, money, food and clothes. If I have a homeless Male I can get nothing and they are relegated to the streets. More men should read ‘Men the Disposable Sex’ and start to fight for their own equality. Mike is very correct with all the services to people men are marginalised.
This drew a comment from Janette McGrory, who’d posted one or two comments earlier in the thread:
Perhaps because women are more readily vulnerable than men in this instance? Homeless women are an easy target for predatory men….not so much homeless men?….
Ms McGrory not only fails to comment on the fact that homeless men in these circumstances ‘get nothing’ - while homeless women ‘get housing, money, food and clothes’ - she even manages to throw in a nasty comment on ‘predatory men’.
The British state effectively tells men in distress to go and hang themselves. We shouldn’t be surprised that so many of them do.
Gillian Dale Jefferies, we salute you for your humanity towards homeless men.
I’ve just Google searched ‘Janette McGrory’ and find she posted a comment on ‘The Rights of Man’, a useful British website http://therightsofman.typepad.co.uk. The original piece dates back to February 2012 and the launch of my third book about feminism, Feminism: the ugly truth, while her comment is very recent:
I listened to ‘Woman’s Hour’ this morning on Radio 4 where Mike Buchanan was attempting to promote his male-dominated ‘political party’…’Justice for Men and Boys..and the women who love them’. Thankfully there was another man on the programme – John O’Farrell - to talk sense around the issues. Listening to Mike Buchanan, the overriding sense one gets is that he must have been dealt some serious blows in the past by the women in his life because he has such hatred for us! He actually thinks that feminists are the ones with the hatred! You only need to look at the cover of his hateful book on feminism to see what his true feelings are! My question is….what is he so scared of? If he knows anything about feminism at all, then he will know that feminists do not hate men per say (sic), they hate the system (usually run by men) that for hundreds of years has attempted to make them out to be less than men in every sense of the word. Feminists just want to be treated with equal respect, have equal opportunities, and to be considered, first and foremost, to be people with a brain and not just objects with breasts and a vagina! When the day dawns – and it will – when men and women are treated with equal fairness and respect in every area of society – our society will be a happier, safer place to live in and free from such vitriol as Mike Buchanan obviously feels justified in promoting.
Her comment hardly needs a response from me. My book, which she condemns but has surely not read, is a 400+ page response to feminists of her ilk. 24 hours after the death of Margaret Thatcher, for many the finest peacetime prime minister of the 20th century – of any political party - I’d simply like to note that John O’Farrell, who Ms McGrory believes to have talked ‘sense’ in our recent Woman’s Hour discussion, wrote in Things Can Only Get Better (1998) of his regret that Britain hadn’t lost the Falklands War (255 British servicemen died in that war, many more were severely injured), and his disappointment on hearing that Margaret Thatcher hadn’t been killed in the IRA bombing in Brighton.