Three more protests against Male Genital Mutilation before the London Conference

[Note added 30.4.16: On 22 March we staged the largest anti-MGM protest ever held in the UK. Our blog piece on the matter is here, a video (9:19) of the event here. We expect there to be more protesters at each successive protest.]

This blog post updates an earlier one on this subject, officially confirms a change in the date of the Golders Green protests from 5 May to 12 May, and provides a few more details including a few photographs.

I am delighted to announce three more anti-MGM protests will take place before the London Conference. One of the speakers at the conference will be the American researcher Tim Hammond, who’ll be giving a new talk on the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm.

Our last three protests have been successful, and attracted increasing numbers of supporters – the first outside the Conservative party conference (October 2015), the second in Parliament Square on International Men’s Day (November 2015), the third recently in Luton, outside the Thornhill Clinic, the leading private clinic in the UK where male minors’ genitals are mutilated on non-therapeutic grounds for financial gain. The third protest was the largest-ever anti-MGM protest ever held in the UK.

The next protest, 1pm – 6pm on Thursday 12 May, will be in Golders Green, and we expect it will be even more successful. We would recommend that people in the Jewish community – and outside it – who are prepared to explore the case against circumcision visit a website with no connection to this one, Jews Against Circumcision.

We shall be protesting outside at least two locations on 12 May:

– the offices of The Jewish Chronicle – 28 St Albans Lane, London NW11 7QE, very near Golders Green Tube station. A map of the area is here. The offices can be reached via either entrance of St Alban lane, but the quickest way to get there is to walk a short distance down the Finchley Road, then turn left into the lane, after a charity shop. The offices are visible from Finchley Road:

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A more close-up image of the offices:

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– a clinic where circumcisions are performed by Dr Martin Harris, who was recently added by A Voice for Men to its Known Genital Mutilators directory. We see from his website that he charges £395.00 to mutilate baby boys’ genitals. The clinic is the Temple Fortune Health Centre, 23 Temple Fortune Lane, London NW11 7TE. A map of the area is here. The clinic is in an appropriately shabby building, despite being in a prosperous area:

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The second protest will be over 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 1 June, outside the Home Office – 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF – because the Home Office is responsible for the police, and the police (acting with the CPS) aren’t bringing prosecutions against the people carrying out the criminal offence of MGM. In the Home Office response to our FOI request last year, the department didn’t deny MGM is illegal, but evaded the question of why it doesn’t prosecute the criminals carrying out the procedure. A map of the area is here.

The third protest will be over 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 15 June, outside the Head Office of the NSPCC – Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH. A map of the area is here. An email exchange in our possession proves that the NSPCC couldn’t care less about this unnecessary, cruel, and illegal procedure being inflicted on so many male minors in the UK every year.

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International Conference on Men’s Issues (2016)

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A dedicated website has been created for the conference, here.

(Note added 21.2.16: You can order tickets here. Complimentary passes for media representatives are available for the press conference on the morning of Friday, 8 July.)

We are pleased to announce that the second International Conference on Men’s Issues – ICMI16 – will be held over 8-10 July, 2016, at ExCeL London, the capital’s largest and most prestigious conference and events venue. It’s located in the revitalised Docklands area of East London, and has outstanding facilities for speakers and delegates.

Our conference room can accommodate up to 200 people. It has floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the side which overlooks the Royal Victoria Dock, and air conditioning is available, if required. We’re sure ICMI16 will be an excellent event which will place men’s issues high on the international agenda.

Speakers and/or delegates will be coming from at least 16 countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

While J4MB is solely responsible for the financial aspects of the conference, it is being run in association with A Voice for Men, and we look forward to welcoming some of their key people, a number of whom  are well-known to people familiar with their website. All of the 20 speakers – and the Master of Ceremonies – are well-known advocates for men’s human rights, and every one of them accepted our invitation without hesitation. Their names, and the provisional titles of their talks, can be found by clicking on the ‘Speakers’ tab of the new website. The conference will be a rare opportunity for you to listen to, and meet, many of the figures you may until now have only seen online.

Please click on the tabs on the conference website to check out ticket booking, accommodation, travel directions, and more.

We are really looking forward to meeting you all at the conference, seeing old friends from across the world, and making new ones.

Why not combine the event with a longer trip to London? Maybe a long weekend if you’re travelling locally, or a wonderful holiday in the UK – or possibly beyond – if you’re travelling from further afield. Click on the tab for a visitor’s guide to London.

July is the best month of the year for warm, dry weather in the UK, and you can be sure of a warm welcome at the conference. We look forward to meeting you and, together, taking the next decisive step forward for the human rights of men and boys (and the women who love them).

Mike Buchanan

Party Leader

Justice for Men & Boys

(and the women who love them)

 

 

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An invitation to become a party member

When J4MB was launched in February 2013, we had no basis for forecasting how well, if at all, we would be received by the general public. At that time, the prevailing public conviction was that feminists pursue gender equality, in stark contrast to what was demonstrably true.

Only a small minority of women are feminists. They seek gender supremacy, regardless of the impact on men, women, boys, girls, nuclear families, public institutions, and wider society. They are driven by misandry (the hatred of men). If anyone should doubt the truth of these assertions, we invite them to read our 2015 general election manifesto. It explores 20 areas where the human rights of men and/or boys are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state, usually to advantage women and/or girls. There are no areas in which the state assaults the human rights of women and/or girls specifically.

The 20 areas are:

Abortion

Foetal alcohol syndrome

Genital mutilation

Fatherlessness, restoring strong families

Education

Employment

Access to children after family breakdowns

Domestic violence

Sexual abuse

Armed Forces veterans’ mental health issues

Homelessness

Suicide

Criminal justice system

Paternity fraud

Anonymity for suspected sexual offenders

Divorce

Healthcare provision

Political representation

State interference in director appointments

Expectation of retirement years

The assaults on men and boys are often led or enabled by feminists in influential positions e.g. Theresa May MP (Home Secretary), Nicky Morgan MP (Education Secretary, Minister for Women and Equalities), Alison Saunders (Director of Public Prosecutions). Most of the assaults, however, are led by men with no concern for the wellbeing of men and boys as a class.

J4MB is the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys on many fronts. We are reliant on donors to cover the party’s costs, and nobody connected with the party draws any personal income from donations.

Supporters (including donors) tell us we can be proud of what we’ve achieved in two and a half years. Donors have sent sums ranging from £2 to £2,000. We’ve had over 100 appearances on mainstream television and radio – here. Countless newspaper, magazine, and blog pieces have been written about us. The tone of the reporting has usually been challenging and often antagonistic, which we expected, but we have also been surprised by the interest we have triggered in some of the most unlikely people, and we can be sure that we have broken the blanket belief that men’s and boys’ issues are either non-existent, or unimportant. The comments streams following online articles have been very supportive of J4MB and what we’re seeking to achieve.

Our long-term strategy is to challenge the party in power (or parties, in the event of a coalition) because only they have the power to reverse anti-male legislation and policy directions.

We’re working towards the 2020 general election, in which we plan to field candidates in the 20 most marginal seats won by the Conservatives in 2015 – details here. Thanks to existing party members, we already have funding streams in place to pay for those 20 candidates’ £500 deposits.

We intend to significantly reduce the Conservatives’ prospects of being re-elected in 2020, in order to raise public awareness of men’s and boys’ issues. In coalition with the Liberal Democrats from 2010, and in sole power from 2015, the Conservatives have been no less anti-male than the Labour party, in some areas going even further than the Labour administrations of 1997-2010.

We’re going to raise our game in a number of areas, which will require a stronger financial base. We wish to increase our membership base in order to meet increasing campaigning costs, and to help build a ‘fighting fund’ for the 2020 general election.

We invite you to become a party member. It’s the most efficient way to demonstrate your support of our work, reducing the need for the periodic appeals upon which we’ve largely relied in the past. It will also free up valuable time for political campaigning, which would otherwise be spent on fundraising.

We’ve established a range of membership grades, ranging from monthly sums of £5.00 (16 pence per day) to £100.00 (£3.28 per day):

Membership grade                  Monthly donation                   

Bronze                                                        £5.00

Silver                                                          £10.00

Gold                                                            £25.00

Platinum                                                    £50.00

Diamond                                                    £100.00

Members will receive a signed membership certificate, one of the A3 leaflets we were distributing during the 2015 general election – the window poster element is here – and two individually numbered silicone wristbands.

We’d prefer you set up a Standing Order payable directly into the J4MB account, thereby ensuring the full sum of your donations go to J4MB. Our account details:

Account name: Justice for Men & Boys

Sort code: 309054

Account number: 54880968

IBAN: GB08LOYD30905454880968

BIC: LOYDGB21090

Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal, although (small) commissions are taken from donations made that way:

If you want to put in place a regular donation of another amount, we would of course be deeply grateful.

Please email me mike@j4mb.org.uk with the membership grade you’ve settled on, the name you’d like printed on your membership certificate, and your address. Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mike Buchanan

PARTY LEADER

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Emma Thompson – Gormless Feminist of the Month

We’re a little behind in presenting some of our monthly awards, not due to a shortage of contenders – that will never happen – but due to pressure of work, with the London conference now only nine or ten weeks away (8-10 July). Ticket sales will end 12:00 GMT on Sunday 5 June, I may have mentioned that once or twice before.

This morning I was sent a link to a letter written by Emma Thompson and published by The Guardian, in connection with her support for the Women’s Equality party. Her letter was clearly a self-nomination for a Gormless Feminist of the Month award, and her certificate is here.

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Courts must stop judging women who kill their babies as morally ‘good’ or ‘bad’

Our thanks to Chloe for pointing us to an appalling article written by two female sociologists at the University of Essex. Ominously, it starts:

Despite over 30 years of feminist research…

It could more accurately have started:

Despite over 30 years of advocacy research carried out by taxpayer-funded gender ideologues…

The following extract should give you a flavour of the piece:

Hannah personified a “bad” woman – unmotherly and promiscuous. Rather than acknowledging her vulnerability and considering the very difficult situation Hannah faced being pregnant, the court condemned her. Hannah was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

Hannah was ‘condemned’ by the court to… er… no punishment. Why, those heartless patriarchs!

It need hardly be said that the sociologists aren’t putting forward the argument that courts must stop judging people who kill their babies as morally ‘good’ or ‘bad’. That would be totally the wrong sort of gender equality.

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We must do more for women entrepreneurs

A truly pathetic article from a recent Mail on Sunday. An extract:

A report from the Federation of Small Businesses last week argued that while women-led firms face many of the same challenges that all small businesses encounter, ‘there appear to be issues which are more acute for women business owners’.

Its survey of more than 1,900 women business owners found key challenges included balancing work and family life, achieving credibility for the business, and a lack of confidence.

One of the comments hits the nail on the head:

Why must we do more for women entrepreneurs? Who is the ‘we’? If people can’t do it for themselves, men or women, they are not entrepreneurs.

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PC Leanne Winter, 38, ignored pleas of disabled man beaten to death by vigilantes because she was eating a Pot Noodle

Our thanks to B for this. A disabled man died as a result of being let down by two policewomen, and it seems their punishment was limited to being sacked, after being suspended for three years. From the article:

Mitigating on behalf of Leanne Winter, David Hughes added that his client was operating in extremely difficult circumstances and had to make tough decisions.

He added: “She has been gravely affected in the three years she has been suspended and having to deal with the consequences of what happened that night.

“There were systematic failings of the force. It would be a tragedy of justice if Leanne Winter were to lose her job and she does not deserve that.”

Speaking on behalf of Helen Harris, Raymond Tully said the 40-year-old had been suspended for the past three years after joining the force in 2002.

He said: “She found herself in an extremely trying and difficult situation. She was flawed but she was trying her very best.

“It occurred in circumstances where she was drawing towards the end of her shift.

“The final two hours were extremely difficult and testing. She had become extremely frustrated. She was feeling tired and let down. In these circumstances she lost it.”

Would any of these ‘mitigating circumstances’ have been employed by lawyers on behalf of male police officers? It’s very doubtful.

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Janet Bloomfield: The danger of empathy

Excellent (video, 10:38). Janet will be speaking at the London conference on the topic, ‘How Feminism Infantilizes Women’.

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Conference speakers – Dr Greg Canning, Professor Martin Evison

I am sorry to report that Dr Greg Canning is unable to join us at the London conference. A few days ago he sent me an email with the following, which he has cleared me to publish:

Hi Mike,

Unfortunately 2016 is not playing out the way I would have liked and due to a succession of family, practice and health issues I have decided reluctantly to forego attending the ICMI. Of course this means you will be less one presentation and I am sorry for that, but heartened by the extensive line up of speakers you have attracted. I wish you every success with the conference.

With best wishes

Greg

We hope that the various issues are resolved to Greg’s satisfaction, and thank him for letting us know in good time.

From the disappointing news to the good news. We have a speaker to take Greg’s place, Professor Martin Evison, Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science. His talk title will be, ‘Ideology as a threat to due process and the presumption of innocence’.

Martin is an expert in forensic human identification, and has contributed to a variety of criminal and humanitarian investigations. He has published research on the pattern of fatalities in forensic anthropology cases, whether due to homicide, suicide or other causes, and also researched and given evidence on facial image comparison from CCTV.

I asked Martin for a few words for this blog post, and he sent this:

Forensic science is ‘science in the service of the Courts’ and is meant to offer reliable physical evidence that can help the jury make decisions regarding disputed facts and the guilt or innocence of the accused.

Forensic science is also expected to support crime reduction and prevention. My academic and professional work has made me aware of the considerably disproportionate number of male fatalities in criminal, coronial and humanitarian cases, and to consider what policies might address these public health problems.

I have also become aware of wrongful convictions arising from the improper use of forensic evidence, particularly following moral panics. The rise of digital evidence—such as from social media and CCTV—raises new issues and new risks.

Due process, the presumption of innocence, and equality before the law are core principles of English and other Common Law jurisdictions. I am worried we seem to believe Anglo-American culture is immune from the fate of societies that abandon legal principles for ideologically-motivated policies.

I have found it very difficult to sensibly debate gender-related and other justice or educational policies in academia—even scholarly ‘disinterest’ involves questioning Marxist-feminist orthodoxy—and having lived for five years in Ontario, Canada—I feel immensely encouraged by the work of CAFE, Professor Janice Fiamengo and others who are actively and thoughtfully addressing serious problems facing men and boys—and hence society as a whole, regardless of personal and professional consequences for them.

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Dr Martin Scurr: ‘Why I think the circumcision of boys is wrong’

Dr Martin Scurr writes the ‘Ask the Doctor’ column in the Daily Mail. Our thanks to Jeff for pointing us to his piece in today’s edition. Extracts:

Regardless of the method of pain relief, the baby will be in agony for days afterwards, until the wound has healed.

And last year, a very careful study in Denmark of 340,000 boys born between 1994 and 2003 showed that those who undergo circumcision at birth run a greater risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For many years, we have known that pain and stressful surgery in early childhood can have long-term psychological consequences — indeed, newborns perceive pain and stress in the same way as older children and adults. Other studies have confirmed a link between a single painful injury and lifelong problems with stress response.

This sort of information prompted the vast Danish study, which found a 46-62 per cent increased risk of ASD in circumcised boys in the first ten years of life, and an 80-83 per cent increase in the first four years. This is shocking…

And then what about the ethics? Many children do not later share their parents’ beliefs or even their cultural values.

In my view, circumcision is a violation of human rights, and society has an obligation to protect children too young to object.

 

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The illegality of MGM in the UK was being written about 20 years ago – Chris Price, solicitor

I had until today assumed that the illegality of MGM in the UK hadn’t been revealed publicly by a legally qualified person before a barrister revealed it in his talk at a conference in 2013. I was wrong. Earlier today I received an email from Patrick Smyth, reproduced here in full:

Mike

I don’t recall mentioning the work of Chris Price to you. I sadly never met him since he died before I became involved with NORM UK. He was a solicitor and a staunch intactivist. He compiled an absolutely monumental thesis on the illegality of infant male circumcision in 1996 which is still available on the Circumcision Reference Library website:

http://www.cirp.org/library/legal/price-uklc/

He also submitted an article to the Bulletin of Medical Ethics in 1997:

http://www.cirp.org/library/legal/price/

As well as contributing to an impressive tome on the subject:

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Male_and_Female_Circumcision.html?id=ljZZ9ZvD_kQC&source=kp_cover&redir_esc=y

that can be viewed here:

http://www.cirp.org/library/legal/price2/

I understand that he was he was a chain smoker as a result of the effects of circumcision, and he died on the operating table whilst undergoing a lung transplant. I very much regret never meeting him.

Just thought it might be helpful as additional reference material on the legal position.

Regards.

Patrick

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Cambridge Oncometrix: Crowdfunder for an inexpensive non-invasive test for the early detection of prostate cancer

In the UK, as many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer. If the government cared a jot about the lives of men, it would fund this project. Because the government doesn’t care, a crowdfunder has been deemed necessary. Please donate what you can. Be sure to catch the video (2:55) which includes footage of Kevin Vardy, a hero in our eyes. Thank you.

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Jews Against Circumcision

Doubtless we’ll be hearing the lie that we’re an anti-Semitic party in the days preceding the Golders Green protest, despite the fact we’re not. Do those last five words need expressing? Probably, sadly. It seems as good a time as any to link to the website Jews Against Circumcision. The start of the home page:

We are a group of educated and enlightened Jews who realize that the barbaric, primitive, torturous, and mutilating practice of circumcision has no place in modern Judaism.

Rabbi Moses Maimonides himself acknowledged that circumcision is done to desensitize the penis and curb masturbation.

Jews are some of the smartest people in the world. We are 1/3rd of 1% of the population, yet we hold 33% of Nobel prizes. We are smart enough to understand that mutilating a little boys’ penis is not an acceptable practice in modern times.

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