Office closure: 25 August – 6 September

We’re about to take a rare holiday, and hope to return energised for the challenges ahead. The office will be closed from 15:00 tomorrow, 25 August, and open again at 09:00 on Wednesday, 7 September. We won’t be responding to emails over that period, but in the event of emergencies (or media interview requests) please call Mike Buchanan on 07967 026163. Thank you.

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An invitation to become a party member

In the wake of the recent highly successful International Conference on Men’s Issues, which we co-hosted with A Voice for Men, we invite people concerned about the assaults on men’s and boys’ human rights to become party members. Monthly subscriptions from party members are the financial lifeblood of our political party.

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, 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 explored 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 (Prime Minister, formerly Home Secretary) and 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 party members and 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 three 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 – the background to our strategy is here. Thanks to existing party members, we 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 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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The conference was a resounding success

10 July 2016 - group shot

The conference finished yesterday, and the overwhelming consensus was that it had been a resounding success. All 20 presentations were well received, and the attendees greatly enjoyed the social side of the event as well. The presentations will be published on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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International Conference on Men’s Issues (2016)

151106 ICMI16 FINAL

160122 ExCeL statue of working dockers

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

You can order your ticket(s) here. Media representatives are required to pay the same ticket price as other people.

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, and we’ve booked an adjacant room of the same size for break-outs etc. Both rooms have 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 20 countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • 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 21 speakers 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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National Men’s Rights Working Forum (Exploring Practical Solutions to Male Issues) – Bath, 28-30 October

I’m looking forward to attending a forthcoming event, organized by Swayne O’Pie and others. Details are on this flyer. The opening paragraph:

The aims of the Forum are (i) to identify activities that would eradicate male inequalities, (ii) to build a national network of male activists based upon social interaction between, and personal knowledge of, individual members, and, (iii) to help the Men’s Movement project a more professional public and political front.

I hope you’ll be able to join many of the country’s most active and dedicated MRAs at what I believe will prove to be an important event.

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Lads! Britain needs you to do your duty and get flirting

Our thanks to Jeff for this, by Charlotte Gill in the Telegraph. Jeff writes:

After 50 years of browbeating men, women wonder why men don’t flirt with them any more. And women think they are the more intelligent sex!!!

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Paedophile sisters who sexually abused boy over a 14 year period, from age six, spared jail – because they are deaf

Our thanks to David for this. An excerpt:

Julie Fellows, 30, and her sister Jennifer, 32, targeted the youngster over a period spanning 14 years.

But a judge today went against guidelines and ruled that it wouldn’t be fair to jail the pair – who have never learnt to lip read – as they would not be able to communicate properly in prison, and effectively mean they were in isolation.

He also cited the fact that sign language isn’t available in prison – and that one of the defendants was pregnant – as reasons not to jail the sick pair.

Both had previously been told to expect “very significant sentences” for their vile abuse.

 

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Speakers’ Corner – ‘Rupert the Beer’ outlines his views on the legal position of MGM

Our thanks to Rupert the Beer, a regular ‘shouter’ at Speakers’ Corner, for this (video, 1:29), recorded last Sunday. There’s a bit of background detail in the video ‘description’.

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Mother (who can’t be named for legal reasons), 40s, repeatedly beat her children across their arms, legs, and backs, with a TV cable. The children no longer live with her. Suspended sentence.

Our thanks to Francis for this.

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Mothers’ pay lags far behind men

Our thanks to a number of people for this. An excerpt:

Women who return to work part-time after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards, says a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies…

Robert Joyce, one of the IFS report’s authors, said women did not see an immediate cut in their hourly wages when they reduce their hours.

“Rather, women who work half-time lose out on subsequent wage progression, meaning that the hourly wages of men (and of women in full-time work) [our emphasis] pull further and further ahead…

The TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is scandalous that millions of women still suffer a motherhood pay penalty.”

“Many are forced to leave better-paid jobs due to the pressure of caring responsibilities and the lack of flexible working.”

In breaking news, sports scientists at Whackadoodle University have discovered a link between the time and effort atheletes devote to training, and their success in competitions. Professor Melissa Foster said:

It is scandalous that thousands of athletes suffer a dedication penalty, and that athletes who train hard win competitions, while their less dedicated colleagues don’t. We are calling for an end to the patriarchal link between sporting prowess and success in competitions, and have just secured a major government grant to work out how to give all athletes the same chance of winning competitions.

One early suggestion is that gender-specific competitions are ended, in return for women being given as many awards as men. Another is that points be awarded for gender, obesity, and lack of fitness, and we’d like to see an end to the expectation that athletes won’t eat cakes, drink alcohol, or smoke during sporting events.

 

 

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Why 38 Degrees pulled the first petition supporting Philip Davies MP

There has been some puzzlement about why 38 Degrees pulled the first petition supporting Philip Davies MP. The mystery has been cleared up, a number of people who protested about their decision had the same response from them:

Dear <gentleman’s name redacted>,

Thanks for your email.
38 Degrees does not wish to host this petition as the speech that Philip Davies MP gave was anti-feminist. The feminist movement is one which promotes equality. [an amusing claim, albeit an outright lie, our emphasis]
We do not want petitions on our site that promote views that are anti-equality.
Best wishes,
<Lady’s name redacted> & the 38 Degrees team
We invite you to support the latest petition in support of Philip Davies, here.
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Steve Brule’s interview of Professor Janice Fiamengo shortly after the end of ICMI16

Enjoy (video, 8:38).

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Sex in return for shelter: homeless women face desperate choices

Our thanks to Kevin for this, from The Guardian. Around 90% of the street homeless are men. Needless to say, the government needs to focus on the 10%. An extract:

The government needs to do much more to address the problems homeless women face, and to prevent women becoming homeless in the first place.

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