The following is an article just published by The Backbencher, an online magazine aimed mainly at young adults with an interest in politics, especially university students.
Men pay 72% of the income tax collected in the UK, women only 28%.1 British men collectively paid £64 BILLION more income tax than women in 2012/13, yet the state relentlessly assaults the interests of men, never the interests of women. In our party’s public consultation document2 we list 20 areas in which the state, through its actions and inactions, advantages women (and/or girls) over men (and/or boys).
Feminist politicians and civil servants systematically advantage women at men’s expense, but the mainstream media rarely report on the extent of their manipulations, and it can be difficult to ‘join up the dots’. Let me join a few of them up for you.
Two-thirds of public sector employees are women, and women use the ‘positive action’ provisions in the 2010 Equality Act to preference women over men when recruiting and promoting, where women are ‘under-represented’. While men could conceivably be preferenced over women on the same grounds, they never are.
Men and boys have been disadvantaged by an increasingly feminised education system. Then they’re disadvantaged in entering some employment fields by government initiatives, and grants directed to institutions which preference women over men when recruiting and promoting staff, for example research institutions.3
30+ years ago, the majority of university students being men was deemed ‘a problem to be addressed’ by feminists and other left-wing social engineers, who were then (as today) found in key positions in government, in all political parties, and throughout the civil service. The secondary school system has become ever more feminised. In 1970, 45.4% of secondary school teachers were women; the proportion had risen to 62.3% by 2010.4
The secondary school system has been manipulated to advantage girls over boys, and 60% of undergraduate students today are women. Why is this gender balance not ‘a problem to be addressed’? Because gender equality was never the motivation for increasing the proportion of female university students. Gender equality narratives are smokescreens for feminists’ quests for female supremacy, driven by their misandry (the hatred of men).
Four out of seven unemployed people are men, and unemployment is known to be a bigger driver of suicide among men than women.5 The single largest cause of death of young men in Britain today is suicide. It would be perverse for the government to spend taxpayers’ money encouraging women into historically male-dominated professions, yet that’s exactly what’s been happening for decades, while virtually nothing has been spent encouraging men into female-dominated professions.
Let’s consider women studying STEMM subjects – science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics. Huge sums of taxpayers’ money have been spent encouraging women into studying STEMM subjects, and choosing STEMM careers, although few women return to STEMM careers after having children, possibly an indication they weren’t happy working in those fields, and were happy to leave them?
For 30+ years there have been sustained efforts to drive up the proportion of women in medicine, and 70% of medical students today are women. It costs £250,000 – £500,000 to train a doctor. Large parts of the NHS are in crisis today6 because compared with male doctors, female doctors are more likely to:
- quit the profession altogether
- work part-time, whether or not they have children
- opt for the least stressful lines of work, notably general practice (50% of GPs today are women)
- decline to work in the most stressful areas, notably A&E
- decline to work unsocial hours
- retire earlier
It’s been estimated that the NHS gets around half the number of working hours over a career from the average female doctor, compared with the average male doctor. One highly predictable consequence of the influx of female doctors has been a slump in the staffing capacity of the NHS, a problem which has been ‘solved’ through the recruitment of large numbers of foreign doctors, at considerable expense to taxpayers. Many of these doctors are drawn from poor countries which financed their training, and which can ill afford their absence.
There are fields where the government’s efforts at driving women into formerly male-dominated lines of work almost beggar belief. While women have entered medicine in large numbers, few have chosen engineering. Some of the reasons are obvious. Compared with medicine, engineering is:
- less well paid
- less secure (private sector)
- more likely to entail working in unpleasant conditions and/or away from home for extended periods
- less flexible working hours
- less human interaction and appreciation from patients / clients
Legions of taxpayer-funded social engineers are driven by the delusional conviction that men and women are intrinsically the same. They ignore gender-typical preferences, and always seek equality (or superiority) of outcomes for women. We come to the ultimate manifestation of their thinking. At Brunel University, female postgraduate engineering students are eligible for an additional £15,000 p.a. grant solely on account of their gender.7 The grant’s worth considerably more than the annual gross income of a person working full-time on the minimum wage. Male-to-female transsexuals (and those ‘in transition’) are also eligible for the grant.8
So there we have it. Female students have to be bribed to do the course, while male students don’t. Does anyone seriously imagine these women are motivated to work as engineers? For every woman who does the course, a man is denied a place. Let’s remind ourselves that unemployment is the single largest cause of death of young men.
It’s not only the government which seeks to drive women into male-dominated professions at the expense of men. Professional bodies are pursuing the same objective. Some months ago we publicly challenged Nick Baveystock, director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, over the matter.9 The vast majority of ICE’s members must surely be men. Our challenge remains unanswered.
It’s often claimed we ‘need’ more female doctors, engineers, company directors etc. – but do we? I leave you with a link to a video which explores an intriguing question:
If we ‘need’ more women in boardrooms, do we ‘need’ more white sprinters in the Olympics 100 metres final?
- Mike Buchanan: Presentation to the International Conference on Men’s Issues 2014 - July 22, 2014
- Mike Buchanan’s interview about positive discrimination, BBC Radio London - July 12, 2014
- Mike Buchanan’s second appearance on London Live TV – ‘everyday sexism’ - June 20, 2014
- Mike Buchanan has applied to go on a UK Feminista course. Wish him luck! - June 20, 2014
- London Police Commissioner to follow feminists’ guidance on how to deal with sexual offence cases - June 13, 2014