A few months ago we posted a public consultation document detailing 18 areas in which men and boys are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state:
We invite feedback to the document, and suggestions for other areas to address. To make the task of engaging with feedback manageable, we ask for a minimum £20 donation to party funds for the opportunity to submit feedback and have it considered by myself. I personally read and consider all feedback very carefully, and if the person providing the feedback wishes it, I engage in email exchanges and/or phone discussions.
We’ve had men and women from all walks of life provide feedback, and it’s proven a valuable exercise. Some of the feedback will undoubtedly be reflected in our 2015 general election manifesto, and I expect we’ll have nearer to 25 than 18 areas in that document.
One group has been notably unwilling to comment on the document, even when I’ve waived the request for a £20 donation. Feminists. Recently I asked the ladies at ‘The F Word’ http://www.thefword.org.uk/ if anyone associated with the site would be willing to provide feedback to the document. Despite the site having an eye-wateringly long list of contributors http://www.thefword.org.uk/archives/author/ apparently nobody was able to provide feedback on our document.
So I’m laying down a challenge to all feminists, anywhere in the world. If you’re prepared to provide feedback on the document, and afterwards engage in exchanges of information and views, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll waive the request for a £20 donation. Thank you.