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Reader’s comment: Even the National Trust is man-bashing

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In response to Laura Perrins: MeToo isn’t finished with destroying innocent lives, Labour_is_bunk wrote:

I ask for pardon in advance if the below seems somewhat off-topic, although in general terms (man-hating and militancy being to the fore) it isn’t.

I give you the latest edition of the National Trust magazine. I knew in advance it was billed as ‘a celebration’ about the centenary of women’s suffrage, so my hopes weren’t high. Yesterday I nerved myself to open it, after having it lie around for a couple of weeks – and my expectations as to the content didn’t disappoint me. The tone is set, ominously, by the front page stating ‘Women and Power’ – the name given to a UK-wide Trust campaign this year. The magazine is peppered with articles ‘celebrating’ female suffrage and various ‘powerful women’ – as far as I can see, there is no mention of ‘celebrating’ universal male suffrage which happened concurrently, but we can’t have that spoiling the party, can we?

The editorial introduces ‘the gender equality campaigner’ Laura Bates. This is the real high spot. Now the fragrant Ms Bates has already featured on this site, and not that long ago either. It’s essentially a male-bashing rant. She starts off with a catalogue of sexual harassment incidents which had happened to her – ‘part of being a woman’, she says, and trumpets her Everyday Sexism project ‘to raise awareness of the scale of the problem’, then does a similar job on the NT’s ‘Women and Power’ programme. Then, according to her, there is the startling figure of 54,000 women losing their jobs each year due to ‘maternity discrimination’ (source, anyone?) and, warming to her subject, it seems there are ‘more men named John’ at the helm of FTSE-100 corporations than the total number of women counterparts, plus an average of two women per week, we are told, are killed as a result of domestic violence.

I’m not going to attempt a refutation of the above; the points she makes have been debunked time and again on this site by better wordsmiths than me, not the least of which being that of paying due regard to the unsung males who are also victims of harassment and violence – by women.

Speaking generally, I see a link here with the recent scandals engulfing major charities – they’ve lost sight of their original purpose and have become, or are becoming, political mouthpieces. I also find it sinister that a militant feminist should be given such a platform by a major charity to spout what essentially amounts to hate-driven propaganda, but given what we often see on these pages, that shouldn’t be much of a shock these days. Perhaps the small
saving grace is that #MeToo wasn’t mentioned anywhere as far as I could see, but they’re probably working on it for the future.

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