Does the Editor of the ‘Radio Times’ need to strap on a pair?

Of my recent posts, the one about The Anti-Feminism League awarding a Toady to the Editor of the Radio Times, Ben Preston, has achieved higher viewing figures than most. You may recall I emailed notice of the award both to the Letters page of the magazine and to Mr Preston himself. I imagine the magazine’s feministas have since said to the poor beleagured man, ‘Show this misogynist you’re a real man by making your next Letter of the Week one supporting the last one, the one about token women on panel shows. You tell him, Big Ben!’

And so it is that the Letter of the Week in the latest issue (7-13 April) is from yet another whining feminist:

 I read with interest the letter concerning the ‘token woman’ as I’ve noticed a similar case in CBeebies. The new show Tree Fu Tom features five characters, but only one is female, so does indeed appear to be the ‘token female’.

Looking more closely at CBeebies, I was disturbed to find that out of 44 programmes on the day I looked at (19 March), only four have a female main character or majority of female characters while 24 have a male main character or male majority. The remaining 16 are gender neutral. You only have to look at the titles to pick up this discrepancy – Driver Dan, Baby JakeMister Maker, Postman Pat, Timmy Time… the list goes on. And where shows do feature a female main character, many do so only in a caring role (Granny Murray is a childminder in Me Too, Nisha visits nurseries in Same Smile).

My three young children and I often watch CBeebies but I feel very strongly that I would like them to see more equality and more strong female characters in a lead role. In many respects CBeebies is an outstanding children’s channel featuring some excellent educational programmes but in this area it could do better.

Amidst all the predictable bleating, did you spot that sneaky ‘only in a caring role’? It’s an old feminist ploy to denigrate women’s freely-made choices whether in relation to jobs, relationships with men, caring for children or the elderly, or indeed any choices which doesn’t fit in with the ideologues’ hate-driven campaign against men, marriage, the family etc. Why, these reliably miserable women ask, are women still so reluctant to do the jobs feminists more appropriate for them, namely well-paid male-typical jobs (company directors, engineers, IT professionals…)? The feminists must be tearing at their amply-filled denim dungarees and stamping their Doc Martens in a fit of pique. You can but hope.

For the truth about the relentlessly pro-women and anti-men content of newspapers, magazines, films, adverts, television and radio programmes, I refer the reader to Swayne O’Pie’s excellent Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism. 456 pages and a steal at just £12.99 from www.exposingfeminism.com.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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2 Responses to Does the Editor of the ‘Radio Times’ need to strap on a pair?

  1. Thanks Mananon. Just got the new issue today. ANOTHER woman on the letters page whining about the matter. What are the chances? Is Ben Preston looking for a second Toady?

  2. mananon says:

    That was the last straw for me. Yes it’s only a “letter of the week”, but the fact of the matter is the Radio Times is just feminism, feminism, feminism. It’s obvious the demographic they are aiming to attract is middle-class women, and being neither means I have no use for the magazine now. I have cancelled my subscription, and will stick to Sky’s EPG for my TV listings info. Ben Preston has proven to be a bigger feminist than the woman who preceded him as editor; the “Toady” award you gave him couldn’t be more deserved.

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