National exposure on BBC1 television (well, 75 seconds of it, anyway)

This morning I was interviewed for the first time on national television about women’s quotas in the boardroom – albeit briefly – for the BBC1 programme Sunday Morning Live. The section started with an excellent introduction by Angela Epstein, a journalist and broadcaster, a regular contributor to (among other publications) The Daily Mail and The Jewish Chronicle.

The link on BBC iPlayer has now lapsed, so a video file has been placed on my Facebook page. My thanks to the gentleman who runs the excellent website for preparing the video file, and for uploading it. The link:

The issues of sexual harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace were raised before I spoke, so I had to deal with them in the short time I expected to have available. Unfortunately the BBC wouldn’t agree to put ‘Campaign for Merit in Business’ on the screen while I was speaking, nor would they permit me to use the campaign name in my contribution, which was limited to the following:

I worked in a number of major businesses for over 30 years after 1979, the year that Margaret Thatcher was first elected as prime minister. In all those years I never once encountered a case of a woman facing sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace. I believe they’ve been hugely exaggerated as problems, and you have to ask yourself why that is.

The idea of an improvement in ‘climate’ is just one of many self-serving arguments used to justify positive discrimination for women in the workplace. Another is that baseless conspiracy theory, the ‘glass ceiling’. A third argument is that when more women get onto company boards, performance improves. But the truth is that academic studies clearly show that performance declines when more women are appointed onto boards.

In the studio (unlike myself) was the aforementioned pro-quotas militant feminist, Julie Bindel, the charming woman who referred to me as ‘Buchanan’ (36:04). She writes for The Guardian – what are the chances? Being sneered at on national television by a militant feminist journalist at The Guardian. Life really doesn’t get much better, does it? A google search quickly led me to a few details on Ms Bindel:

I’d have liked more time to outline our arguments, particularly the argument that the mere threat of quotas has caused the proportion of FTSE100 new directorships going to women to rise from 13% (2010) to 55% (March – August 2012), and that all the women appointed in 2012 were appointed as non-executive directors, while all the 18 new executive directors were men. I’d like to have challenged Julie Bindel on that gender gap. Maybe, one day, I shall… but you can only do so much in 75 seconds.

I’m grateful to BBC television for giving some national exposure to our arguments. It’s already led to people emailing me and offering support, as did the recent Martha Kearney radio interview on BBC Radio 4. Happy days.


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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5 Responses to National exposure on BBC1 television (well, 75 seconds of it, anyway)

  1. scarecrow78 says:

    Is it me, or was Samira Ahmed’s opening to the “workplace quotas” debate little more than a loaded question? As if the premise of the debate was set up in such a way as to deliberately paint any “anti” argument as biased and unfair from the outset? In my opinion that is very poor judgement from an editorial perspective.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m inclined to agree with you – the premise seemed to be that quotas were a reasonable policy response to sexual harassment in the past, whch to me seems an absurd premise given how vanishingly rare sexual harassment was in reality. The definition of sexual harassment has been so diluted that now any indication that Mr X even recognises the gender of Ms Y is taken as a problem. Militant feminists are trying to make everyone as misandrous and desexualised as they themselves are.
      Back to quotas. Angela Epstein;s opening piece was both nuanced and powerful, I think. She more than stood up to Samira Ahmed’s leadng premise, all the remarks by the cardboard cut-out militant feminist, and Donal McIntyre.
      My only disappointment was not having the time to explain that the threat in the UK is the THREAT of quotas, as a result of which the proportion of new FTSE direector appointments who are women has risen from 13% in 2010 to 55% in 2012.

  2. mighow says:

    This article about sums it up for me. It is instructive that bloggers in the USA are using the UK and Europe situation as evidence of their incoming decline. We are their canaries down the mine as it were and the issues are only just appearing on our mainstream media radar.

    Considering the anticipated timeline for a cultural shift of the magnitude needed you can probably forgive my pessimism.

  3. Thanks very much for your comments. I thought Angela Epstein’s contribution was excellent, and Bindel’s weak and utterly predictable. Is there a dismal finishing school somewhere, which these misandrous women attend? They all think alike. It’s almost as if belief in the ‘patriarchy’ instantly takes 50 points off a woman’s IQ. They belong in an Orwell novel.

    In my view feminism has for many years been affecting women negatively in numerous ways, at least the 95%+ who aren’t militant feminists. Mainly through attacking and undermining the nuclear family. You might like to read Swayne O’Pie’s ‘Why Britain Hates Men: Feminism Exposed’, or my own ‘Feminism: the ugly truth’ for a lot about this. Of course anti-feminist arguments get virtually no exposure in the mass media, but if even the BBC is giving us more exposure (I was interviewed by Martha Kearney on hr Radio 4 programme about six weeks ago) there’s hope yet!

  4. mighow says:

    It was interesting to see this on the BBC of all places. What was evident was the implication that a mans view of the situation wasn’t valid hence the short airtime. The focus was on the women in the panel but it was interesting to see the dynamic between Epstein and rent-a-gob Bindel.

    Keep up the good work Mike. No one will be interested however until feminism starts visibly affecting women negatively, at which point we may see the penny finally drop and a stampede for the exits. I expect the culture to double down on the ideology before that and when the money runs out.

    I like civilisation, I’ll miss it when its gone.

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