Discussion on BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey

I’d requested to debate the question being discussed on BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey this morning, ‘Is feminism necessary anymore?’, with any of the following women:

Harriet Harman

Lynne Featherstone

Cherie Blair

Janet Street-Porter

Sadly none of these doughty gender warriors were available, but BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey put forward a young Irish lady, Emer O’Toole, a research assistant and doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University  in London. She’s a contributor to the Guardian from time to time, and to BBC programmes. A google search led me to an intriguing story about Ms O’Toole, which was covered by both the Mail and Guardian. She was on the television show This Morning in May 2012 on account of something she hadn’t done:


The link to the iPlayer recording of today’s discussion will be available for seven days. Note to self  – speak more slowly in your next radio interview. In my defence, a red mist descends over me whenever a feminist claims – as Ms O’Toole did, at the outset of the discussion – that feminism in the modern era is about equality. Oh, hold on, there was something else that added to the red mist. I award Ms O’Toole ‘Feminist Quote of the Year’ for the following gem:

The majority of feminists I know also campaign for men’s rights.

Priceless. Feminists campaigning for men’s rights have somehow escaped our attention. The link to the discussion is below, it starts at 1:10:50 and ends at 1:21:45. A number of listeners submitted comments by various means after the discussion.


My thanks to the show’s hostess, Sarah Gorrell, for her balanced and entertaining handling of the discussion. In a fair world she’d be presenting Woman’s Hour.


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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