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David Cameron’s absurd medical policies

David Cameron: How do you see the moon – is it through a telescope, or a microscope?

Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them) has reported at length about the disastrous impact on the National Health Service of the decades-old policy to increase the proportion of doctors who are women. Today, 70% of medical students in the UK are women.

Dr Vernon Coleman, a veteran campaigner and writer, was pointing out in his books 30+ years ago that the policy would in time create chaos, and he’s been proven right. Female doctors are far more likely than male doctors to:

– quit the profession altogether (very few male doctors have partners willing to finance this option)

– work part-time rather than full-time, whether or not they have children

– refuse to work unsocial hours, including weekends

– refuse to work in the most demanding environments, including Accident and Emergency

It’s widely accepted that large parts of the NHS is in crisis, and spending out of control. The government knows that the prime cause of the problem has been the feminisation of the service, but cannot admit as much publicly. The  government’s strategy to ‘solve’ the crisis is to train more doctors, and doubtless 70% of them will be women. It costs £250,000 to train a doctor. British men collectively pay 72% of the income tax collected in the UK, and women only 28%. To borrow a phrase once memorably employed by Janet Bloomfield, the strategy is batshit insane.

And what of another field in which female representation has been increasing for decades, education? It’s widely accepted that the standard of state education has been in decline for decades, despite ‘grade inflation’ being used to hide the stark reality. One of the few occasions I’ve cheered a statement made by David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions was on 27 June 2012. Liz Kendall, a Labour MP, had asked him if he planned to bring back O-levels and CSE-style exams, the forerunners to the more recent GCSE exams, generally taken when pupils are 16 years old. He replied:

What my right hon. Friend the Education Secretary explained in great detail in yesterday’s debate is that we want to have in our country an absolute gold standard of exams that are about rigour and high standards. The tragedy is that we inherited from the previous Government a system that was being progressively dumbed down, where Britain was falling down the league tables and GCSE questions included things such as, ‘How do you see the moon – is it through a telescope, or a microscope?’ Government Members think we need a rigorous system, and that is what we are going to put in place.

Time will tell whether a rigorous system is put in place. I won’t hold my breath.

There’s been a considerable debate over many years with respect to the impact of increasing the proportion of female teachers in the education system. The consensus appears to be that female teachers focus more effort on girls than boys, as do male teachers, albeit to a lesser degree. They mark them more highly when given the opportunity to do so. They also make greater efforts to stoke the ambitions of girls, and the assessment systems – with more of an emphasis on continuous assessment, less of an emphasis on formal exams – tend to play to girls’ strengths rather than boys’ strengths. It’s clear that many female teachers struggle to cope with the natural boisterousness of boys, as evidenced by the relentless increase in the number of boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (‘ADHD’) and medicated accordingly. These and a host of other factors have led to a situation where for every two men in tertiary education today, there are three women.

I recently submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department for Education concerning the gender balance of the teacher population since 1970. The following tables have been created from the data received today:

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The picture is one of a steady decline in the proportion of male teachers. Men now constitute about a quarter of all teachers in the UK – one in eight primary school teachers, and three in eight secondary school teachers. In parallel with the increase in the proportion of teachers who are women, we’ve witnessed the mass introduction of classroom assistants – overwhelmingly female, it need hardly be said. Classroom assistants were unheard of when I attended school (1964 – 1975).

The field of education has strong parallels with the field of medicine over the past few decades:

– increasing female representation (although four out of seven unemployed people are men)

– declining standards

– increasing burden on the taxpayer

Channel 4 has recently been running a fascinating series about a state school, Educating Yorkshire. The differential treatment of the boys and girls has to be seen to be believed. In one programme the focus was on two pupils – a very volatile girl of about 16, and a generally mild-mannered boy of about the same age. The two of them had a fight one lunchtime, and their treatment at the hands of the teachers couldn’t have been more different. When describing the girl, the teachers would say she was ‘a character’, she was ‘feisty’ etc. She received no punishment with respect to the incident, while the boy was sent to an ‘anger management class’ which consisted of a 1:1 session with a female teacher. His spirit had clearly been broken by the incident, and yet he blamed himself entirely. The female teacher appeared happy to let him carry on doing so.

A small anecdote. The civil servant at the Department of Education who processed my inquiry happened to be of the female persuasion (they usually are). As is my custom, I emailed her to thank her for supplying the information. She replied:

‘Your very welcome.’

About Mike Buchanan

Mike Buchanan is a British men's human rights advocate who leads the political party he launched in 2013, Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them). He was a business executive for 30 years before taking early retirement in 2010. He's written nine books and is also a publisher. His last three books have been concerned with gender and gender politics, the most recent being 'Feminism: the ugly truth' (2012).
In 2012 he launched The Anti-Feminism League and Campaign for Merit in Business. He runs a blog demonstrating that men and boys suffer far more grievously from sexism than women and girls, The Alternative Sexism Project.

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  • Legion

    Good to see you’re still active Mike.

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks Legion. I hope to be active until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

  • Attila L. Vinczer

    The education system has become an inhospitable environment for boys and men by design of women who feel they must have female presence therein at any cost and any means. This is simply foolhardy and a dangerous clinical social experiment particularly within the medical field.

    Mike, thank you for presenting a very incisive well written piece about a specific part of the education system. What you have put forward, is a systemic problem pretty much from kindergarten throughout the entire education system and it deeply leeches into the workforce including business that are increasingly suffering as a consequence of this foolhardy agenda. This education crisis was the focus of the lecture by Dr. Miles Groth at the University of Toronto, on September 27, 2013. It truly is a crisis and a concern we can not ignore.

    I urge anyone here, that would like to help with research, to contact AVfM management to learn how to obtain data by applying for information under the “freedom of information” in your home town. It is easy, a simple letter and usually a $5 fee to get invaluable information.

  • Tom Golden

    Thanks for this article. Very helpful though I didn’t see the chart. With those sorts of numbers one might assume that your health care system will be in crisis in the not too distant future. I wonder what the numbers are for the US? I think that about 33% of the docs in the US are women and that has risen from around 10%. I think that about half the med school students are now female in the US but not certain. Looks like we have a similar problem but not quite as dire. As for the educational system here I did a quick search and found the data linked below.

    Our problem in the US is not so much of increasing numbers but of increasing ideology. The schools seem to have been feminized over the last 50 years to a super-saturated state where anything male is seen as a problem while anything female is a hero. What have we done? We are idiots.

    nearly 90% female teachers in primary schools in the US and fairly stable since 1967.

    Nearing 2/3rds of the teachers in the US secondary schools are female. Again, the trend looks stable since 1967.

    • Mike Buchanan

      Tom, the charts have now been added.

      The NHS has been in crisis for years. Thousands of foreign doctors are employed at great cost to shore up the system, because of the typically lesser outputs of female doctors compared with male doctors. Many of those foreign doctors were trained at taxpayers’ expense in poor countries (e.g. India, Pakistan), so those countries have financed the training of doctors who then emigrate. It’s a disaster on so many levels.

      David Cameron came in for some criticism recently when he was asked (by a women’s magazine!) if he was a feminist. He ‘looked out of the window for a long time’ and mumbled something about it was for others to say what they considered him. Asked the same question later by Jon Snow, a Leftie feminist-friendly interviewer on Channel 4 News, he had his answer ready, ‘If being a feminist means being a supporter of equal rights for women then yes, I’m a feminist’. The man’s a toad. Indeed we made him ‘Toady of the Year’ last year.

      • Tom Golden

        Thanks Dean and Mike – The chart seems to indicate that the UK has increased their percentage of female teachers over time and they are now very similar to what ours have been for years.

        Very interesting stat that British men pay 72% of income tax. I have been trying to find what percent men pay in the US. Anyone have a link for that? All of this stuff for women is paid for by men. Go figure. And most men are still asleep at the wheel.

      • Wilf

        One thing to add to your excellent piece is that female doctors are more likely to finish their training at the General Practitioner level, whereas male doctors are more inclined to spend many more years training in order to become specialists. This is already causing real problems within acute medicine, and is only going to get worse.

        We can import doctors from overseas, but foreign trained doctors are six times more likely to be struck off than UK trained doctors.

      • Aimee McGee

        One of the problems eroding the NHS is they must now employ EU medical, nursing and AHP staff in preference to commonwealth citizens. For nearly 25 years graduates from the colonies would come for 2-10 years into posts which were difficult to fill with UK citizens (lack of skills, unsocial hours, rural, impoverished). Many of us bought with us a “can do” ethos and enriched our professional communities.
        Now, to employ from the commonwealth, unless you have someone with parents born in the EU, you have to prove you have tried and failed at least twice to recruit into the post and on the second round have interviewed any EU professional who meets the essential criteria.
        It sucks. It means we are struggling to get anyone with any real experience to work in areas of rural poverty. It means people like me are rareties…where I have contributed unique skills from a different training scheme to deliver excellence for English patients.
        The very best EU staff are good – we have an awesome Spanish junior practitioner…but we still occasionally have to rescue her when someone has a strong local dialect. She functions best in our acute setting where patients are being tube fed, but this is not where the work is…We need people who can cope with vernacular English and discuss the minutiae of food preparation to help people change their diet.
        (Gets off soap box)

        • Mike Buchanan

          Thanks Aimee, very good points. Now and again the papers have stories of the stratospheric costs to the NHS (= to the taxpayer) of funding these mostly EU doctors. The only person I can think of who’s had major pieces published about all this is Melanie Philips, for example one accessible through this link:

    • Dean Esmay

      I accidentally omitted the chart. It’s there now. And rather stark.

  • GCooper7005

    The eduction system is one tool of government policy. To this we all agree.

    Thus, the only conclusion is that gov’t (led by alpha males for the benefit of females) is purposely excluding most men and boys from the leadership and high paying societal positions. 70% of university students are female because that is precisely what females want, so gov’t obliges by implementing pro-female policies.

    Have you noted that no pro-female policies exist to get females into garbage collecting or construction work? Why? Because females will keep enough men around to do the hard jobs.

    Hellllloooooooo … wake up and smell the coffee. Men are in a war. It was started by females and is getting worse every year. If men don’t act soon, the females will create a female supremest society where females outnumber males 30-1, and the males that do exist will be raised as ‘worker bees’. Beware.

  • OldGeezer

    “The civil servant at the Department of Education who processed my inquiry happened to be of the female persuasion (they usually are).”

    It would be interesting to see a chart for a broad spectrum of public service occupations. Is the ongoing feminization of teaching, medicine and various departments of the governing apparatus merely coincidental? Would it be paranoic to suggest the involvement of some deliberate social engineering pattern?

    All things considered, it’s increasingly difficult to perceive those oppressive patriarchal influences they keep bitching about. Feminist influences and their disastrous consequences, on the other hand, …

    At what point are we permitted to label western society as matriarchal?

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks OG. Not at all paranoid to see this as a deliberate social engineering exercise, that’s exactly what it is. Two-thirds of public sector workers in the UK are women, and the Equality Act (2010) allows public sector employers to preference groups with ‘protected characteristics’ when recruiting and promoting. Women are one of those groups, so I guess a vagina is now a protected characteristic.

      • OldGeezer

        Other sectors that I find interesting to watch are the media and the whole range of communications and “entertainment” generally, including their substantive adaptations and representations of literary and historical sources. I keep expecting to see a feminized version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn any day now.

        I understand that Disney is hard at work on a “strong woman” version of Cinderella where she rescues the prince from a wicked stepfather, if it hasn’t already been released. I suppose Jill Wayne winning WW2 single-handed can’t be far behind. As for all those media star “news anchors”, the gender identification of propaganda mouthpieces probably doesn’t matter much in any case.

        • Wilf

          I believe they are also working on a feminized version of Sleeping Beauty where the prince is thrown in jail for rape (he failed to get enthusiastic consent before kissing her).

      • Aimee McGee

        Mike, our very successful health trust is interesting. I’ve had several days this week in HQ, and was thinking about the gender of our corporate team – we have nearly 50:50 on the corporate side…It is successful because of the balance…our (male) CEO is very much into shallow management structures and is very approachable, but he is also a hell of a negotiator and leader.
        We just employed our 5th male staff member, bringing us to 8% male in our service which sounds terrible until you realise only 4% of graduates in my profession in 90 years have been male. We have had a couple of male student practitioners through who we are encouraging to apply for posts locally once they graduate. I look forwards to passing 10% in 2 years

    • Darryl X

      “Matriarchy” sounds too benevolent. How about calling it what it is: a totalitarian feminist police state.

      • OldGeezer

        Benevolent, you say?!

        The Encyclopedia Britannica describes matriarchy as a “hypothetical social system in which the mother or a female elder has absolute authority over the family group; by extension, one or more women (as in a council) exert a similar level of authority over the community as a whole.”

        Considering the consequences to date, that sure as hell doesn’t sound very much like a benevolent societal construct to me. And its characterisation as “hypothetical” strikes me as quite peculiar as well.

        In fact, it looks to me like a very good description of what actually exists in western society today excepting only that the councils currently exerting the authority and matriarchal influences on familial relationships are not, by any means, exclusively or even predominantly female. My surmise, therefore, is that their social engineering must serve some other purposes contained within their strategic agenda. I could suggest a few, notably the complete and global emasculation of society itself, but I’ll leave it at that.

        • Darryl X

          I didn’t say it IS “benevolent”. I said it “sounds” benevolent. “Totalitarian feminist police state” is accurate and doesn’t sound benevolent. Although I suspect in some near future feminist dystopia (like maybe later this morning), feminists will brainwash anyone into thinking that “totalitarian feminist police state” sounds benevolent. They’re working on it.

          • OldGeezer

            Agreed, although matriarchy still doesn’t sound very benevolent to this “misogynistic” victim. On the other hand, considering some of the absurd semantic nonsense they’ve been able to pass off in their quest for “equality”, they can probably get away with redefining every word in the dictionary without too much trouble.

            Actually, I think they may have received some considerable help and advice from those who spread the transnational corporate version of “freedom and democracy” to unwilling receipients at the point of a gun or under threat of getting bombed back to the stone age. In return, they provide advancement of the social status of women as a further excuse for sending men off to kill and die in foreign lands. A very conveneient quid pro quo for all of the social engineers concerned.

          • Mike Buchanan

            Darryl X, they certainly are ‘working on it’. The EU plans to introduce legislation to make anti-feminist speech illegal across the EU. as Lucian Valsan reported in an outstanding piece on AVfM recently.

  • Andy Bob

    Funding lifestyles, as opposed to providing for society’s needs, cannot be sustained forever. Of course, feminists don’t care. When the shortage of doctors reaches crisis point, they will expect what’s left of the medical profession – mostly men – to simply increase its workload. When that is no longer viable, there will be no prizes for guessing who they’ll blame.

    Reality shows, like ‘Educating Yorkshire’, are rife with examples of shameless misandry – both serious and casual. I’m surprised that feminists have yet to clamp down on reality shows for exposing so much appalling female behavior. The gargantuan hypocrisy and entitlement on display is in such stark contrast to the way women are portrayed in fictional dramas, that you’d think you were watching two entirely different species.

    Most revealing of all, is the speed with which women invoke threat narratives. Women are constantly shown berating, criticizing and haranguing men, from their partners to total strangers, and the moment these men open their mouths to respond, however calmly, these same women instantly look scared and accuse the men of being aggressive. There is usually at least one woman or white knight hot-footing it to defend them by informing these men that they can’t talk to a woman that way. No reference is ever made to the verbal violence to which the men were responding.

    Another feature of reality shows is how many women boast about their strength, independence, and the ease with which they’re gonna kick the men’s butts. Yet, the moment they are confronted with any kind of problem, set-back or hardship, they instantly dissolve into puddles of tears and recrimination, offering nothing but excuses, rationalizations and lots and lots of blame on others for their failures. When you consider that most of these shows have been edited to portray women as positively as possible – I’m sure Mama June farts more than once every 24 minutes – the implications are very unsettling.

    Reality shows are very educational for anyone attempting to disseminate modern female behavior and the rampant misandry which informs it. As such, they are extremely useful to the MHRM.

  • Nostradormouse

    I have an under-graduate degree in Literature & History, post-grads in Personnel Management and Computer Science, and I did a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in 2003-4.

    I picked the wrong age group – I should have picked Higher Education rather than Secondary (11-18), and didn’t complete the course because at Easter I decided that I didn’t intend becoming a teacher. I didn’t finish all of the requirements to qualify (which included spending a week in a Primary school to see the set up of the kids you are going to get), didn’t apply for jobs, and didn’t do a probationary year.

    I was looking for a follow-on Career (possibly as high as a fifth career if I’m counting). The course taught everyone to be a “Swiss Army Knife” teacher, able to drop in to any age group in any school in the world, and hit the ground running. They were teaching Career Teachers, and I wanted to be a Professional Teacher (its a rather nuanced, but important distinction).

    In my opinion, teachers have a group they can reach particularly effortlessly. Some teachers are very good at helping slow kids go as far as they can. I went to a private all Boys Preparatory (Primary) School, and an all boys Selective State Secondary School (it took the top 5% in the ’11 Plus’ Exams). I found I had an almost telepathic link with bright lazy boys (you get to guess where that comes from), and didn’t mind the marking load (they put out a huge volume of homework). and how actively malicious smart kids can be. I lacked the experiential frame to reach kids who were neither intelligent nor motivated. I found it extremely challenge to reach any children under 13 because there isn’t usually enough personality to work with.

    I have a few observations.

    1) Teaching has become a low status profession in the last twenty years. I could have handled the ludicrously low starting salary, because I have management and organisational skills, but from the point of view of perceived partner value, being a Female Teachers is not a liability in a potential partner. Being a Male Teachers is the dating equivalent of Leprosy.

    2) I was brought up short when I found myself addressing a group of my friends in a social environment, rather than speaking to them. (This was part of the reason decided not to teach). Teachers can’t turn it off, and I didn’t want to become that person.

    3) Excepting their force of personality Teachers in general, and Male teachers in particular have no practical power in a classroom. I have since resumed my career in IT Project Management, where I regularly evaluate and balance my experience and expertise against types of career killing risk that sensible professionals walk away from. For me, the deal breaker was the unmanageable risk of a female student making any assertion of any kind, destroying professionally me as a teacher.

    4) I had to dig around quite deeply to find research on how continuous assessment, and setting repetitive rote-learning exercises overwhelmingly favours female learning styles. When I raised that research in the academic group sessions developing pedagogy, which took place outside the school, specifically that the mandated teaching style favoured the females learning style, I hit a huge blank wall of deafening silence. I was in my mid-30s at the time, and most of the teachers were females in their early 20s (5 out of 8 sounds about right), and they didn’t even know how to process the concept.

    5) In my opinion, as necessary as skills in Information and Communication Technology are, training in Leadership, Communications, and Ethics is more important.

    6) Compulsory Secondary Education (11-16) is much more like warehousing children than I was completely happy with. I like open questions, and honest replies (even if it’s “You’ve put on weight since that photo was taken, Sir”). They had been trained to give the answer they thought the teacher wanted to hear. Call it Stockholm Syndrome if you like, but being made to attend school for five years which doesn’t want you and which you don’t want becomes semantically identical to being a political prisoners. I’m not and have no intention of becoming a Prison Warder, and began to especially sympathise with the “Awkward Squad” of kids who refused to engage. I had particular success provoking these kids because they all understood how relevant IT was to them, and they were generally independent-minded rather than unintelligent.

    7) I did quite well in 1998-2001 and I felt that it was important that A level (16-18) Computing students actually see someone who made as much money as I made, that I’m bright, but what I did is not unachievable, but challenging. More importantly, I put my trousers on one leg at a time like everyone else, and even that my career started late because I took a first Degree in Literature & History. Nobody had ever asked them empowering questions before like “How old do you plan on being, the first year you earn more money than your Dad?” and told them about taking my Dad out for a drink the first year I made more money than him. I remember his words vividly, “This does not make us even.”

    8) Genius is unquestionably male. Sometimes geniuses are anatomically Females with a Male pattern brain.

  • Robert St. Estephe

    Look at the bright side, a dumbed-down herd of cowering, unhealthy, impoverished men is easy for you control, provided you are a member of the oligarchy. Feminism is a great gift to the slave masters.

    • theoutside

      This is the entire purpose. This is what I have always been saying. And this goes together with the take-down of the physical infrastructure and industrial/technological capacity.

      After a while, no one will have a doctor (male or female) to go to. Nor food, water, etc etc. those left around will be mere peasants. It is ultimately part of the population reduction agenda.

  • crydiego

    The imbalance in male doctors, male teachers and male student in collage is clearly social/political feminism. How could the powerful patriarchy allow this to happen?
    Does anyone have an e-mail address for the patriarchy, I have a strong letter to send.
    Maybe we should start and e-mail account,

    • Bewildered

      That would be like presenting a straw man on the platter for quote miners !

    • OldGeezer

      Interesting suggestion. In fact several thepatriarchy domains (THEPATRIARCHY.INFO, THEPATRIARCHY.US, THEPATRIARCHY.CA and THEPATRIARCHY.CO) are available for registration if anyone wants to stir up some fun. :)

      • Tman

        That would be funny…

        You could sell “This is What A Patriarch Looks Like” t-shirts…

        • Mike Buchanan

          Tman, when we have more money in the party funds we’re planning to have ‘This is what an anti-feminist looks like’ T-shirts and polo shirts printed and for sale. The following photo of the utterly talentless ‘artist’ Tracey Emin (unbelievably, she’s ‘Professor of Drawing’ at the Royal Academy’, the world has gone mad) inspired a chapter in my last book, ‘Are some feminists (e.g. Tracey Emin) a pain in the arts?’ Make sure you’re not holding a hot drink in your hand when you open the link to her photograph:

          • Tman

            That women would not know what art is if she was standing in the middle of a crayon factory…

            Same could be said for Damien Hurst in my opinion.

          • Tman

            Got a niggling thing on my mind Mike..

            Far be it from me to question the plans of your appointed senior strategist – who ever she or he may be..

            In a country where most women are brainwashed in to thinking that feminism and femininity are two sides of the same coin; would I as a serious political party with parliamentary aspirations, want to stand on my pulpit wearing a t-shirt ,that by he standards of the current political zeitgeist, effectively says I like to punch women in the face.

            I have not met your appointed senior strategist but if I did I would ask a question; Are you sure that adopting the strategy of a grass roots activist website who’s success so far lies in it’s ability to shock and disgust would, like for like, be as effective a strategy for a party with both main stream media and parliamentary ambitions.

            Like I said, far be it from me. My experience so far is rooted in financial strategy and not the political.

            My own strategy would be to nurture a strategy of shock and awe within a separate grass roots force and allow the main stream political spear head to operate separate from this aspect of the movement in order to maximise political manoeuvrability and policy flexibility.

            But that’s me. I always believed that institutions are things you change from the inside using the institutional rules against the institution.

            I would think that in looking across the Atlantic, there are methods to be employed that the educated British public are not educated on.

            Don’t be that political strategist 😉

          • Mike Buchanan

            Tman., thanks for your comments. A couple of thoughts spring immediately to mind:

            1. You write:

            “I have not met your appointed senior strategist but if I did I would ask a question; Are you sure that adopting the strategy of a grass roots activist website who’s success so far lies in it’s ability to shock and disgust would, like for like, be as effective a strategy for a party with both main stream media and parliamentary ambitions.”

            By ‘grass roots activist website’ I assume you mean AVfM? If so, to my mind the success of AVfM has nothing to do with ‘shock and disgust’. Its success has everything to do with disseminating hard truths about gender politics in the modern era, and giving a platform to those with a concern about the relentless assaults on the interests of men and boys in both the developed and developing worlds. If there’s a more important resource supporting men and boys in the world today than AVfM, I’m not aware of it.

            2. You clearly don’t know what our party’s strategy is, so here’s a piece which should help explain (link below). We’re currently on track to fund candidates to stand in 30 Conservative marginal seats at the 2015 general election. About eight months ago we revealed our strategy exclusively on AVfM:


            The essence of the strategy is to target the marginal seats of the most anti-male major party in general elections, to reduce their prospects of attaining power. Will this strategy work? Time will tell. Do I know of a strategy more likely to succeed? No.

        • Nostradormouse

          This is what a Patriarch looks like.

  • Tman

    I have been living in the UK for over 15 years now and I am afraid to say that I would not raise children in this country.

    In part that is because of the over politicised education system but also because the feminisation of British society makes it impossible to raise boys as boys.

    I remember going on a bush school trip as part of the school curriculum when I was about 12 years old. One day we arrived at the bottom of a small hill and the teacher said, “right boys I want each of you to take a small cup, climb that hill and bring back a scorpion. I don’t want any of to touch the tails because they are venomous and the nearest hospital is four hours away. Now go!”
    Another night we we’re driven out in to the middle of the wild bush, each given small compass and left to find our own way back to camp. We were also each given a small whistle to blow in the event that we were attacked by a wild animal.

    There is just no way that the Nanny State would ever allow young boys to feel as alive as I did on that trip.

    Thanks for “you’re” article Mike.

    • Josh

      Tman I agree with that. I worked with several older men in the UK who were proper functioning people in Australia. I have since moved here (UK) and men my own age or younger here, particularly in the cities have be so clouded by the female nature of society.
      The NHS is for me one of the most alarming features. I have recently started getting medication for depression. I am not rich and live quite frugally. I have yet had the opportunity when going to my local medical centre to see a male doctor. In fact the last few times I have gone there has been no male doctor on duty.
      As standard procedure for being administered anti depressants, doctors ask you about other treatments you are getting (counselling) and rightly so. However all the NHS provided forms of counselling are usually group orientated and like most things NHS based around women.
      Counselling in the UK on whole is rather poor. There are few trained psychiatrists who are worth going to.

      I have recieved help in the past when I was living in Australia and I was fortunate enough to find a psychiatrist (male) who was able to help me. I, like most men, have put up robust emotional walls and female ‘soft’ approaches don’t cut it. With such a female heavy employment in the NHS, there is very little chance of men getting the psychiatric help they need within the system.

      What I find most disgusting is the amount of women who get boob jobs etc through the NHS.

      • Aimee McGee

        Don’t start me on mental health services in the NHS.
        I’m fortunate my GP knows I’m the best person to manage my depression and lets me set my own doses. However I could not get an appointment to see him for over 4 weeks when I was really struggling, and in the end we chatted at the reception desk for 5 min – and he wrote me an adjusted prescription there and then. He was concerned I had struggled to get any medical attention and I now have his email address
        If I was not an expert patient and a health professional, I would be stuffed

      • Tman

        I’ll put it down like this:

        My balls ache like hell sometimes. I don’t eve know if that’s normal.

        My female colleague who sits next to me knows exactly when and exactly who to speak to and and does so on a regular basis in order to ensure that her lady plumbing doesn’t give her problems in a later life. I hear over the phone using the resources made available to ensure she has her personal health plan in motion at all times.

        Me, I just sit there thinking, shit my balls hurt like hell sometimes but I don’t even know who I can talk to who will welcome my questions without me having to feel embarrassed and weird about it.

        Also, I do know that I should check myself regularly and I do. But what happens if I find something? Do I have to go to a female doctor and ask her to inspect my gonads in a society that has conditioned me to to understand that the mere mention of my male private parts is assault? I know a doctor obviously won’t act like that but that doesn’t lesson the emotional barriers in a world where I am constantly taught my maleness is a bad shameful thing.

  • theoutside

    A very important article, since I believe they are trying to create a mostly female medical profession in the US also. If this succeeds, it will be catastrophic. My experiences with younger female MDs and interns has been very mixed. Some have a kind of superficial know-it-all attitude and a desire to assert and maintain their authority which is not clinically appropriate.

  • Aimee McGee

    The problem with female medics is they have to be very driven to get to medical school, then get through to qualifications in specialties. But then they want marriage and kids. And they can’t stay driven at both – so they end up unhappy

    • Mike Buchanan

      Aimee, some years ago Fay Weldon wrote a wonderful book, ‘What Makes Women Happy?’ Her conclusion, if memory serves right, was ‘not much’ – and even then, not for long. My experience has been that (most) women are hard-wired to be anxious, negative, and risk-averse, but (many) put on masks to suggest they’re confident, upbeat, blah, blah, blah. Men are hard-wired to help them ‘pull through’. I think evolutionary psychologists could explain this in terms of early humans. I guess it served an evolutionary purpose for men to put the demands of women and children above their personal needs and wants. But it turns out (most) women’s appetite for special treatment is insatiable, and feminism is among other things an extension of the demands for special treatment in the private sphere, into the public sphere. And that can only end in the destruction of civilised society, as we’re seeing increasingly today.

      I, too, will now step off my soapbox.

      • Aimee McGee

        More proof of my male brain I fear 😉

        Although I struggle with clinical depression, I’m a pretty happy person…I’ve learned the art of gratitude and I’ve also come to understand that I have control of my reactions and responses.

        I watched this in action today. Despite a very difficult meeting this morning, then my car making an expensive noise and insisting it needed to visit the mechanics urgently, I got great service and a nice courtesy car, because I was grateful and showed empathy to the staff at the garage. It was even commented on by the manager “for someone who I’ve listen to rearranging 4 meetings while waiting you are looking remarkably cheerful”
        I said “it’s no one here’s fault my car likes visiting you, so being upset would just make everyone feel bad”
        I think that’s why I got the cute wee demo car for the weekend!

  • Turbo

    Great article Mike, and in anticipation of you thanking me for that very generous compliment, may I say

    You’re very welcome.

  • Tofeldian Sage

    I’m glad to see this topic being discussed. I have siblings who are lawyers and doctors, both male and female, and they tell me that women tend to quit those professions in their mid-thirties and early forties. Very few soldier on to 65.

    Interesting. Because 35 – 40 is about the age at which professions start to get very repetitive. When you do your first big trial its a big thing. When you do your 25th, it just doesn’t turn your crank like it used to. Women seem to turn to other pursuits, mostly because they can; they have options. Men really don’t have options, so they carry on working to retirement.

    So what exactly is job performance? Does it mean being a very smart, very capable lawyer? For 1 year? 10 years? 20 years? 40 years? Do women really have the staying power to serve that long?

    Because that’s what a profession is: service to society. Many women think that a professional designation is a badge of honour; like a pretty flower in their hair. And for a few years it is. But the daily grind of removing warts from ugly feet takes something more.

    Equality of Opportunity is something we have now got. Radical Feminists are calling for Equality of Results, but they’re missing one key part of the equation: Performance. How much service will a person give society in return for their seat in the medical school? Or the law school?

    The equality equation is this: Opportunity + Performance = Results

    If you haven’t got it in you to serve for 40 years, perhaps you should give up your seat to someone who does. Medical school isn’t about flattering someone’s ego; society really does need doctors.

    • crydiego

      Great comment Tofeldian!

  • tamerlame

    I know of a third hand acount of a 15 year old boy who got his skull fractured by a 15 year old girl in school. She wasn’t punished. Meanwhile boys who kick balls through green houses get criminal records.

  • merrimac

    America is 20 years behind the u.k. in …Feminist-Rot-Factor.

  • Isaac T. Quill

    My dear Mr “Very Welcome”, thank you for highlighting the dropping standards in the (Un)Civil Service. P^)

    I’ve just been having a chat about the causes of Health Inequality in the UK linked to sex, and been old that I’m an idiot. So many fail to grasp how the National Contracts for doctors, set up in 1946, and which have promoted the idea that the UK National Health Service operates Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm … and socially men have been at work during those hours … so the NHS has been promoting the inequalities from day 1.

    Throw in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 which has been used to promote female health and access to health care whilst screaming that there is reduced access for women …. resulting in the socially engineered perception that women suffer health disadvantage in The UK and reduced access to health care…

    60 years on institutional inequality and when you raise it you are called bigot, abuser, sexist and a Men’s Rights Advocate.

    I do wonder when some will remember that the correct term is Men’s Human Rights Advocate. It seems that recognising humanity and inequality are symptoms of the same disease, and that so many need access to eye tests in the hope of addressing terminal myopia.