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Reader’s comment of the week
In response to Kathy Gyngell: This harassment hysteria is out of proportion, Mike Buchanan wrote:
Thanks Kathy, excellent article. You write: ‘The question now is this: what do the feminists driving all this really want? What, exactly, are their goals?’
The answer is very simple. Feminists want ever more privilege for women and girls, and engineering moral panics is a proven way to get men ashamed of themselves as a class, and therefore unable/unwilling to counter feminist demands for ever more privilege. Men are so readily shamed by women, when they shouldn’t be. Women as a class aren’t shamed by the wrongdoing of some women.
TCW Hero of the Week
In light of the nasty culture of denunciation that’s now spread into the Mother of Parliaments, once the heart of our democracy, we have decided to dispense with our usual format. Instead of giving our accolade to one hero, we are giving it to several – all women who’ve kept their heads, risen above and deplored the mob hysteria, and to whom the idea of female victimhood is anathema. They are: Edwina Currie, Melanie Phillips, Joanna Williams, Anne Robinson, Ella Whelan and Jan Moir.
TCW Villain of the Week
The list of villains this week is too long to choose from. Unlike Owen Jones and most of the media, we at TCW were not impressed by the so-called ‘bravery’ or ‘courage’ of the ‘victims’ queueing up to get on the airwaves to spin their cant. The star prize for cynical self-promotion we award to Kate Maltby, who managed to command the news with her risible ‘allegation’ that a politician’s hand had once nearly touched her knee. Runner-up in the ‘so brave to break her silence’ brigade is Ayesha Hazarika: a tougher nut you are unlikely to meet.
The behaviour of our female parliamentarians, from Harriet Harman to Andrea Leadsom, was even worse given their stature and responsibilities, taking their lead perhaps from the gobsmackingly cynical and opportunistic Scottish Tory party boss and feminist extraordinaire Ruth Davidson. In an outright declaration of war on men, she claimed that ‘some pretty big shovels’ would be needed to ‘clean out the stables of politics’.
Despite the inanity of the accusations going back as much as 17 years, despite the need for due process, the shovelling began. Mrs May, egged on by the Parliamentary feministasi and supported by their honorary feminist male colleagues, and in a heady fog of outrage, steamrollered their colleagues into a new age of prudery. They claimed their first scalp. We fear it won’t be the last.
Leftie Lunacy of the Week
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