Sophie Walker of the Women's Equality Party has decided to stand against Tory MP Philip Davies in Shipley in Yorkshire. The WEP can gain publicity from this ruse. Davies is despised by the Left for refusing to engage in their virtue-signalling. By taking him on they hope to increase their own support.
Their strategy is in danger of backfiring. The left wing have formed a coalition ‘The Progressive Alliance’ with the idea that they will stand aside for each other to strengthen the anti-Tory vote. By providing an alternative to the Labour Party, Shipley’s indigenous feminists, the Shipley Feminist Zealots, feel that the WEP is behaving inconsiderately. The WEP may gain publicity, but it will split Shipley’s left wing vote.
But taking a stand against Philip Davies is a priority. He is a member of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee but is guided by his constituents rather than by feminist ideology. He also received a great deal of public support when he suggested removing the ‘women’ word.
He prioritised justice rather than virtue-signalling by supporting Baroness Cox’s Bill which aimed to ensure Muslim women had the protection of the British law by banning Sharia Courts.
He rejected the Istanbul Convention. It ignored two thirds of the victims of violence – simply because they are men.
He has an old fashioned idea of gender equality. The laws should be gender neutral and everybody should be treated the same:
“…all these laws should be gender neutral. It doesn’t matter whether the victim is a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter whether the perpetrator is a man or a woman. Everybody should be treated the same.”
The WEP don't like Mr Davies - or any other man - getting involved in gender equality. He has shown in his attention to the details of custodial sentencing and domestic violence that he takes the concept seriously. The WEP like to keep the meaning of those concepts obscure. Sophie Walker has said that they 'own' equality. However it is clear that does not mean equality under the law.
“Equality under the law is mistaken for equality” (Catherine Mayer - founder)
It appears to be handy to exercise latitude around its definition; it means they can ask for more and more:
“I don’t know what enough equality looks like but my answer always is ‘no we don’t have enough’”
Sophie Walker goes on to explain if others should implement their policies they will simply raise the bar.
This greedy approach to a spurious equality suggests entitlement and privilege. We see from what Sophie tells us that it was the first wave of feminist thinking which sowed these poisonous seeds:
“I was told as a girl growing up that I could have everything, but I couldn’t”.
Contemporary feminists were brought up to have expectations that the rest of us mere mortals would never dream of. Expectations which would be a burden to the bearer, costly to others, and impossible to fulfil.
These are the expectations that drive feminist thinking: to want more money, more status, more power. And they achieve these things with the help of well-paid husbands (Sophie’s is the Chief Executive of Barking and Dagenham Council) who, while helping to fund their lifestyles, remain firmly behind the scenes.
Meanwhile, their feminist policies breed single parenthood by ignoring men’s family importance and the education and employment of working class men.
Wanting everything is destructive, particularly when we feel entitled to all our goals. Most of us understand our demands can hurt others and we usually lower the bar. Feminists by contrast are taught to see self-fulfilment as an obligation. When it comes to exercising self-restraint, they have no such qualms
“In fact WEP remains the only party you can vote for out of naked self-interest and still help everyone else”. (Catherine Mayer – founder)
It is not just that the WEP focuses on reducing female stereotyping while boys fall dramatically behind in schools. Or that in an effort to close the mythical wage gap they celebrate the loss of opportunity for working class men. Nor is it that as female employment increases, male employment goes down.
Feminist self-interest does feed male disadvantage.
But what is truly galling is that if we reversed the situation, if we paid attention to male disadvantage and male interests, so many female problems would be solved.
If we focussed on male employment and male education we would reduce the numbers of disaffected young men who are unemployed, homeless or in prison. In turn, the problem of single parenthood would start to be resolved. If paternity rights were recognised and family courts unbiased, the burden of childcare would also be shared by men. If we took a more holistic approach to domestic violence as a problem created by couples we might go some way to tackling domestic violence itself.
But the WEP do not want to solve these problems – they feed their agenda. What they really want is a femocracy with Saint Sophie at the helm.
Sophie Walker describes herself as a voice for women in Westminster. This is nonsense. Sophie Walker is a voice for feminists. Maybe, but for the vast majority of women., feminism does not reflect their wishes. In fact its voice is too loud.
The most precious years of a woman’s life are those when she has young children. However Sandi Toksvig explained in the run up to the Mayoral election.
“If we dealt with all the issues like childcare, like fully employing all the women of London, they would be worth 70 billion pounds to the city a year…”.
The pressure created by feminists to enter the workplace has already stolen years from the time that we spend with our children. We cannot allow the WEP to take those few precious months we have left away.
By submitting the family to the needs of the market, feminism has allowed market forces into the heart of society. The costs of the destruction of the family are the source of our contemporary problems. And they have led to the unviability of our precious welfare state.
The feminist voice is the most destructive in our society. Philip Davies is the only man in a position of public influence who has dared to stand up to the feminist grip on our politics. That is why some of us women have got together to form a group called “Ladies 4 Philip Davies”. Join us, and show him your support.
(Image: Mark Hakansson)