The recent furore over MP Philip Davies was caused by comments he made in the introduction of a speech that presented a wealth of evidence that the criminal justice system treats women more leniently than men. He argued that feminists want to have their cake and eat it because they want ‘equality’ with men only when it suits them. How did feminists respond? By presenting logical and reasoned arguments about why he is wrong? Nope.
They created a hashtag and took pictures of themselves stuffing their faces full of cake.
Here are some highlights:
— Aromatic Ginger (@AnnieJBC) August 12, 2016
As one YouTuber puts it – where is it they think their cake has gone once they’ve eaten it?
This response really reveals the entitlement and arrogance of an ideology that excuses itself from having to defend any of its positions.
But it is really difficult to blame them given the fact that the mainstream media excuses them as well. Davies gave his presentation at the International Conference on Men’s Issues which was held in London in July of this year, which I attended personally and wrote about for this website. A month later Jamie Grierson over at the Guardian decided to write a hit piece on Davies. Of course the piece addressed none of the statistics or arguments Davies made in his speech, and concentrated on comments he made in the first five minutes:
I encourage everyone to watch the entire speech, not only because it’s important stuff, but because it will give you a sense of exactly how intellectually bankrupt the response to it has been. More time was spent quote mining anything controversial spoken by other speakers at the conference than on rebutting any of Davies’ arguments.
Despite the fact that Davies’ case is backed up by some pretty compelling evidence, people like Sophie Walker have the gall to claim that the legal system is ‘stacked against women’ while including only one paragraph of un-referenced statistics to support this (oh she includes a link all right, but it leads straight back to the women’s section of the Guardian… I kid you not) and making no attempt to debunk any specific claim of Davies’. In this interview with the BBC he is asked only about his attitude to feminism – his evidence of systemic gender bias is a non issue to the interviewer. Disappointing but hardly shocking on the part of the BBC. Jean Corston claims to be able to debunk his claims here – a prize to anyone who can point to where she actually does it.
As I discuss in my coverage of the conference, the left are so afraid that people might listen to what critics of feminism have to say they decided not to give it any attention. But it seems that the folks over at the Guardian as well as Jeremy Corbyn and Lib Dem leader Tim Farron are just so sore about the fact that the UK’s left leaning parties are lagging way behind in the gender equality league tables (which only they care about) at the moment they just couldn’t resist taking some cheap swipes at an easy target: a white, male Tory.
Another day, another leftist-feminist call for the destruction of someone’s career. In this case their target is someone who might actually have a chance at changing their narrative. Davies has used his position in politics to draw an attention to the neglected cause of men’s issues, and the feminist MPs who have laughed in his face when he has raised problems such as male suicide in the past have not come out of it well.
I think people may be starting to see through this manufactured outrage. While other outlets picked up on the initial story, it’s only really been the Guardian that has tried to turn this into a major drama – despite headlines like this, the fish just don’t seem to be biting:
Theresa May is on holiday this week, so if she comes back and decides to get involved it is possible that Davies might get it in the neck, but it’s likely things have died down sufficiently that she won’t feel she has to. The worst thing he said seems to be that feminists are zealots who want their own way – and is there anyone who hasn’t been thinking that lately? Even someone over at the Guardian admits (in a twisted sort of way) that if he loses his job over this it won’t be good for the left.
All Philip Davies was trying to say is that things like this are not ‘equality’. Just yesterday these two delightful women were sentenced to life imprisonment for the savage murder of Sadie Hartley:
The general public knows that women like this exist, and they deserve to be jailed. They are also getting sick of these witch hunts – particularly when they are directed at those who are actually campaigning for everyone to stand equally before the law.