International Conference on Men’s Issues (2016)

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

(Note added 9.2.16: You can order tickets here. More advantageous terms are available if you order your ticket before 12:00 GMT, Sunday, 21 February. Complimentary passes are available for media representatives 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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Kathy Gyngell: Roots of doctors’ strike lie in feminisation of the profession

Another outstanding article from Kathy Gyngell, published two days ago. The hostile comments doubtless arise from a social media campaign, whipped up by doctors with (ironically) too much time on their hands.

Sadly the comments section is now closed, but I would ask you to join me in upvoting the piece. I had hoped to add a comment pointing out that Dr Vernon Coleman – the first ‘TV doctor’, and bestselling author – had started warning in his books in the 1970s what problems would result from the feminisation of the profession, which was then already underway. He predicted the problems which would result from female doctors (in general) not having the strong work ethic of their male colleagues (in general). How right he was. For every two male medical students today, there are three female medical students. The two men will collectively work markedly more hours over their medical careers than the three women collectively.

Over 50% of GPs today are women, and waiting times for appointments have never been longer. When I was a young man, it was common for GP surgeries to be open on Saturdays. Now it’s rare.

I am pleased to report that Kathy will be speaking at the second International Conference on Men’s Issues, at ExCeL London, 8-10 July. Her talk title will be:

Feminism and Family Dysfunction: A Disaster for Men, Women and Children.

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Feminism: The Ugly Truth

I’m delighted with the sales of my latest book, Feminism: The Ugly Truth, which went on sale in a paperback edition about four weeks ago. Amazon has a useful facility for enabling potential buyers of books to review some of their content before deciding to purchase, it’s called ‘Look Inside’. If you click here, you just need to click on the cover design to access the facility.

Amazon doesn’t permit publishers to dictate what they make available with the facility, although publishers can choose not to make use of it for individual books. They’ve made a surprisingly large amount of the content of Feminism: The Ugly Truth available to view, but I have no problem with that. I’m particularly pleased to note they’ve made available chapter 1, ‘Feminists are liars’ (pp.11-15), which includes details of our ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ award winners. They includes Caroline Criado-Perez (three awards), Special Snowflake (two awards), Sandi Toxic, spokeswoman, Women’s Equality Party (two awards), and Sophie Walker, leader, Women’s Equality Party (one award). Ms Walker has, of course, just won her second award.

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An email exchange with Darrel Gregory, Executive Director of the Thornhill Clinic, the UK’s largest private male circumcision clinic

We plan to protest outside the Thornhill Clinic in the near future, again supporting Men Do Complain. Last Wednesday I had an email from Darrel Gregory, the Executive Director and Registered Manager of the clinic. The content of that email, and my response, is here.

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Tickets still available for the Spiked conference, London, Wednesday 17 February, 12:00 – 17:00 – £3.49 including lunch!

Six weeks ago I had an email from Spiked about a forthcoming conference – now just four days away – and posted a blog piece about it. To my amazement there are still tickets left, given it’s a ‘must attend’ event, to my mind. and I look forward to an interesting afternoon.

The content of the email from Spiked is here. The conference is titled, ‘The New Intolerance on Campus’. Tickets are just £3.49 – a bargain for a five-hour-long conference – and lunch is included. Just click on the link in the PDF to access the ticket booking site.

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New UK Minister of Transport selected from all-women shortlist

All-women shortlists can have appalling consequences, e.g. Jess Phillips MP. Our thanks to 5hadowfax for this (video, 2:19).

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A Dose of Stupid v121: Alleged rape victims sue University of Tennessee over respecting due process

Another piece for the “You Couldn’t Make This S*** Up!” file.

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Institute of Economic Affairs: The ‘gender pay gap’ is a non-issue (and why overweight single women earn more, on average, than slim single women)

Interesting. It all makes perfect sense.

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5hadowfax on the feminist gender pay gap narrative: ‘The myth that won’t die’

Very good (video, 9:12).

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Katy Gallagher, Australian Senator, accuses Mitch Fifield, another Senator, of ‘mansplaining’ – and gets the response she deserves.

[Note added 13.2.16: A tip of the hat to Toy Soldier for his take on this story – here.]

Enjoy (video, 1:32). As always with pieces posted on AVfM, the comment stream is well worth reading. If I had the money, I’d fly to Australia and buy Senator Fifield a few cold ones.

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Six blithering idiots comment on the gender pay gap: Nicky Morgan MP, Carolyn Fairbairn, Ann Franck, Frances O’Grady, Kate Green MP, Regina Moran (and my filmed discussion with one of the MPs)

Our thanks to Jeff for this.

I recently had a 15-minute-long filmed discussion on the gender pay gap with one of the six blithering idiots, Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, selected as a prospective parliamentary candidate from an all-women shortlist – here.

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