16 reasons why you, a man, should hate the patriarchy


This is a slightly longer version of the blog first published on HuffingtonPostUK on 15/01/2014.

This piece was prompted by Emer O’Toole’s excellent article, Men –if you’re not a feminist, it’s fine, just move on. I loved it, I found it very convincing. Hopefully this list complements it. O’Toole’s point is that men who interact with feminism but care more about male issues can be ‘allies’ but shouldn’t claim to be ‘feminists’. This then isn’t a feminist article per se, but certainly an anti-patriarchy one.

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My Son would Never Rape a Woman

Originally posted on Epiphany in the Cacophony:

sad-alone-cute-girl-waiting-someone-window My son would never rape a woman. It is brutal, disgusting and immoral. He simply isn’t capable of such a thing. She has obviously enticed him. __________________________________________________________

She was at the club when it happened. Short black dress, tall black drink. She stood in the middle of the dance floor, moved her hips slowly. She made eye contact with him. She even smiled. He walked up to her and asked her to meet him at his car. When she declined, he grabbed her arm.
And what a scene she created! She fought, screamed and kicked. You want this, he told her as he pulled her out of the club. NO, she screamed, yelling as he dragged her to his car. You don’t know what you want, you’re drunk.

She sat alone in the parking lot a few hours later. Disgusting girl, she reeked of smoke and alcohol. What…

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Criminalising kink: Cameron’s porn crusade

The UK government is sneaking through a vast extension to pornographic prohibition. It’s so vaguely worded that it could cover 50 Shades of Grey (if filmed), Game of Thrones or Florentine statues. Jonathan Lindsell reports

via Criminalising kink: Cameron’s porn crusade.

The self-consciousness hump

I’m currently thinking about pitching three different articles at the moment, each quite ridiculous. I’m also polishing a spoken word poem and wondering why I wrote it and how absurdly childish my voice will sound on youtube. I’m also putting off progress on the second novel and vainly hoping an agent will eventually respond to the first. This is not, by the way, a call for sympathy: I’m down with all of the above.

But I was musing earlier about the profound embarrassment of contemplating any creative writing I’ve done, even if it’s stuff I’m very proud of in content and style.

All writing is essentially pretentious unless someone else has asked you to do it (and even then it probably will be). You are presuming other people will take the time, and might actually derive pleasure, from you crystallising your imagination or your half-wrought opinions. Even if people say they like it, you’re between-suspicious-and-convinced that they haven’t read it, and if they did read it, probably didn’t *get you*.

It usually helps to get over this feeling.
Whisky usually helps to get over this feeling.

Crimea voted ‘Out’. Yatsenyuk should offer East Ukraine the same choice

I wrote for Civitas:

Both Ukraine’s territorial integrity and Russia’s respect for the 1994 Budapest memorandum are dead in the water. The EU and Obama are powerless to stop further land grabs. Avoiding bloodshed and establishing stability is imperative.

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Drugs, criminals, fallacies

I don’t know if drugs should be legalised, but here’s how not to argue against it

Kathy Gengell, researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, wrote this drugs article entitled ‘Why illegal drugs shouldn’t be made legal’. Continue reading

Unobtanium Man and his Unlikely Band of Brothers

 I enjoyed this Cracked article so much, I thought I’d explore a bit further. The article cheekishly suggests that Hollywood doesn’t need more Strong Female Characters (it does) but more weak male ones. C Colevill and Christina H then parodied six female character tropes. After a twitter whip-around and a bit of memory delving, I reckon there are a few more: Continue reading

Bigger than Blackadder, Bigger than Gove: World War One in Malawi.


Unique perspective on otherwise-exhausted topic

Originally posted on Thoughts from the Living-Bedroom:


‘When I die, bury me at Zomba, So that my heart should pain. Hunger, hunger is painful. Yes, when I die, bury me at Zomba, So that my heart should pain. Yes, hunger is painful. Hunger is painful, hunger, I feel hungry. Bury me, bury me. Hunger is painful, hunger, I feel hungry.’

-          Conscript Marching Song from Nyasaland (Modern Day Malawi).

‘Let the rich men, bankers, titled men, storekeepers, farmers, and landlords go to war and get shot.’

- A censored letter of John Chilembwe, protesting British conscription in the country.

I don’t like Michael Gove. This is neither a controversial nor an original position to take on our Secretary for Education, but it’s only fair I admit my subjectivity before wading in to the already well covered debate sparked by his comments on the First World War.

With the Centenary of the First World War coming up…

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Lordly Smackdown

Jubilation and Exaltation at the Eleventh Hour.

Anyone who’s had the temerity to follow my tiresome posts about ASBOs etc: the House of Lords has struck down the clause ‘nuisance and annoyance’ from the Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance, reverting to the language used in current ASBOs. Continue reading