Why Tom's case will win:

Short A to Z of discrimination and inequalities faced by men...



(Help expand this A to Z, by sending one line summaries with web link(s) to sexismbusters@hotmail.com)

Academia - typically conforms to patriarchy-adherent male-blaming dogma[1]

Addiction – men suffer more than women, partly due to extra stresses faced[2]

Aeroplanes – only men are not permitted to sit next to unaccompanied minors[3]

Alcohol – a man can be prosecuted if a woman gets drunk then cries rape[4]

Alimony - disproportionately targets men, even when women main earners[5]

Anonymity - after rape/DV claims, men publicly named without evidence[6]

Anorexia - blamed on male gaze. Death-rate inflated 3000 fold by victim-fems[7]

Anti-male shaming tactics – typical ways men demanding equality get attacked[8]

BBC bias –world's largest broadcaster uses male-blaming victim-femalism[9]

Birth certificates – father's name not legally required to be listed[9.5]

Boxing – men must fight 12x3 minute rounds, women, only 10x2[10]

Campus rape hysteria – yet funded 'hotlines' receiving virtually no calls[11]

Cancer – men with cancer treated less effectively than women[12]

Charities – often exaggerating female victim statistics for financial gain[14]

Child abuse- men typically shown as perpetrators - women kill & abuse more[15]

Childbirth – its risks exaggerated (as excuse to block men's equality debates)[16]

Child custody cases – 7% of UK fathers allowed to live with their children[17]

Chivalry – men placating women and dismissing men's equality issues[18]

Circumcision – only legal when males are being mutilated[19]

Civilization – 90% of patents awarded to men, yet men portrayed negatively[20],[21]

Clip joints – women lure men into clubs to be extorted by threats of violence[22]

Combat deaths – usually male. Female soldiers paid same, but kept safer[23]

Conscription – men enslaved for longer, & only men forced onto front line[24]

Contraception – women have several effective options, men barely one[25]

Commuting – men travel further than women to get to work[26]

Dating protocols – most women still expect money and gifts from men[27]

'Deadbeat Dads' criticized, though non-custodial moms even worst payers[28]

Death jobs – 95% of workplace fatalities are of men[29]

Discrimination laws written with female focus, so sex-discriminatory their self[30]

Disease – men get more of most, but less funding, and less treatment[31]

Doctor's surgery hours – less opportunity for working men to visit GP[32]

Domestic violence arrest policies remove man only[33]

Domestic violence shelters for women and their children, but not men[34]

Domestically violent women use more arms, poison, surprise & premeditation[35]

Dominance – men portrayed as controlling, but research find women boss men[36]

Double standards of female-only equality advocacy across issues[37]

Dress codes - Neck-ties typically compulsory for male employees only[38]

Drinks spiking myth – media creating more rape hysteria– yet no evidence[39]

Driving – men are more often the family chauffeur than women[40]

Driving Skills – men denigrated, but per mile, safer drivers than women[41]

Earnings – women earn more per hour of work-related activity than men[42]
(go to Neil Cuvuto show link at hyperlinked page)

Equality agencies - actively exclude reference to men and men's equality issues[43]

Engagement gifts – men only still expected to purchase diamonds etc[44]

Environment – men typically blamed for causing pollution[44.5]

European Union – complies with victim-female strategic frames and focus[pending]

Executions – men disproportionately targeted by governments for death[46]

False allegations epidemic, covered up by mainstream media and v-feminists[47]

False allegations against men rarely prosecuted, but instead 'no crimed'[48]

Fatherlessness – bad on every measure, yet encouraged by some feminists[49]

Fathers - disproportionately denied access to children[50]

Fees – UK parents pay for daughters' further education more than for sons'[pending]

Female revenge rhetoric seen as justifiable by media narratives[52]

Female supremacism rhetoric seen as 'empowering' by establishment[53]

Feminism - presumed perfect by elite, so abuses of men get overlooked[54]

Forced labour – men the majority of those genuinely trafficked into slavery[55]

Funding – for women's initiatives in universities, but not for men's[56]

Gender studies - hyper-focusses on women and ignores men's issues[57]

Gender-developmental progress – men typically presented as hostile to it[58]

Genital injuries to men - seen as joke by mainstream media regulators[59]

Glass ceiling myth – elite pretend women being held back in employment[60]

Governmental agencies - for women's issues but not men's[61]

Health spending – women's disease research gets more funding than men's[62]

Higher education – 59% of degrees go to women, 41% men, the gap widening[63]

Historiography – women presented as historically oppressed, and by men[64]

Homelessness – 80% to 90% of street homeless are men[65]

Homophobic violence – gay men overwhelming victims from people, and states[66]

Housework – Muslim husbands obliged to provide wife with a housekeeper[67]

Hypergamy - (gold-digging) - prevalent amongst majority of world's women[68]

Ideology – Marxist left wing claim only women face discrimination[69]

India – 98% of domestic violence allegations believed false[70]

Infrastructure – in US from 1890 to 1917, 230,000 men killed on rail roads[71]

Inheritance – Muslim women not obliged to share property but men must[72]

Innocence Project – 99.5% of all found to be wrongly convicted, are men[73]

International Women's Day celebrated, but Men's Day ignored or disparaged[74]

Judiciary - recommend discriminating against men when setting sentencing[75]

Koran – decrees that women are weak so should be provided for by men[76]

Lace Curtain – excludes men's issues debates from mainstream media[77]

Ladies Nights – men still financially discriminated against for being men[78]

Language – negative terms associated with maleness i.e. 'slugs and snails... '[79]

Life expectancy - shorter for men around the world[80]

Male-bashing – Newspaper marketing Association recommends misandry[81]

Male idiot stereotype - omnipresent in sitcoms and adverts[82]

Male Studies – falsely framed by mainstream media as anti-women or anti-equality[82.5] [82.6]

Man flu - scoffed at, despite science showing men more susceptible to flu[83]

Marriage gifts – cultures and religions insist men must pay women to marry[84]

Media bias – factual content portrays men negatively 69% of time[85]

Men's rights movement, issues & activists presented as anti-women & equality[86]

Millionaires – 25% more young female millionaires than male in the UK[87]

Ministers for Women but none for men[88]

Misandry - common but seldom mentioned, or recognized in dictionaries[89]

Misogyny - claims of it used to silence any male dissent[90]

Mitigation – 12 female-only legal defences for pre-meditated murder[91]

Murders - of men, much more frequent than of women[92]

NGOs – use victim-female strategies and focus in their advocacy and research[93]

News reporting – avoids reference to gender when the victims are male[94]

Nursery education – boys treated worst than girls, and male teachers excluded[95]

Objectification - typically presented as something only women suffer from[96]

Overtime – 60% of men in UK work over 60 hours per week[97]

Parental alienation – men disproportionately targeted by women[98]

Parental leave & pay – UK Fathers get 26 times less than UK mothers[99]

Parental leave & pay – mothers can withhold parental leave & pay from men[100]

Part-time work – UK men earn 4% less than part-time women[101]

Paternity fraud – 30% non-custodial fathers paying for children not theirs[102]

Paternity testing for every newborn - not yet compulsory anywhere in world[103]

Patriarchy theory - omnipresent throughout academy, media and polity[103.5]

Paedophilia hysteria - typically presents men only as the threat[104]

Policing – men arrested more often than women for similar crimes[105]

Porn – male porn stars get paid nine times less than female porn stars[106]

Porn – female porn stars can choose male co-stars, but males get no choice[106]

Porn – male porn stars body-build to get screen-ready. Females just show up[106]

Primary education – anti-male propaganda introduced, & few male teachers[107]

Primary care giver payouts – women rewarded in divorces for not earning[108]

Princess culture – girls being indoctrinated to expect special treatment[109]

Prison conditions – much worst for men than for women[110]

Prostitution – male customers criminalized, female sellers treated as victims[111]

Pussy pass – women held to lesser standards than men due to genitalia[112]

Quotas - usually only enforced to correct inequalities faced by women[113]

Rape of men - often treated as a media joke[114]

Rape (of women) statistics inflated by educators, governments & media[115]

Relational aggression – females of all ages slightly more manipulative than males[115.5]

Religions - insisting on and enforcing male wage-slavery to wives and sisters[116]

Reproductive rights & choices – men, no choice with unwanted pregnancies[117]

Retirement age – 5 years later for men, despite shorter life expectancies[118]

Sabotage – men's rights movement aims attacked and obscured in wikipedia and beyond[118.5] [118.6]

Seating – In Saudi Arabia, two men must vacate bus seat for one woman[119]

Secondary education – Male-blaming victim-femalism taught across curricula[120]

Second shift myth – claims 'women's work never done' - yet men do more[121]

Sentencing bias – being male is number one predictor of a heavier sentence[122]

Sex – women less likely to initiate or reciprocate sexual acts than men[pending]

Sexism – women 4 times more sexist, but some fems pretend only men sexist[124]

Sex segregation – cultures & feminisms say men too predatory to integrate[125]

Spending decisions – wives decide on 90% of purchase decisions in marriages[126]

Statutory rape – boys portrayed as lucky when teachers sexually abuse them[127]

Student Unions - ignore men's issues, and object to men's equality groups[128]

Suicide – in part due to inequalities, a higher risk for men at every age group[129]

Suicide bombers - disproportionately male. Family of man receive a pay-off[130]

Taxes - men pay more than women, but receive less back in state benefits[131]

Tennis – men forced to play best of 5 sets where as women play best of 3[132]

Tips – waitresses earn $2000 more gratuities than waiters per year[133]

Trafficking lies – women choosing prostitution presented as if victims of men[134]

Victim-female statistics abuse - at every level of the establishment[135]

Violence – most of women's violence is against men (as is men's violence)[136]

Wage gap lies – victim-femalists falsely claims women unfairly paid less[137]

Wage slavery – religious & cultural laws decree men must pay for women[138]

War – historically, 99.999% of combat fatalities have been men[139]

Wealth – women control 60% of all money in the USA[140]

Wigs – men publicly scorned for wearing wigs, whilst women given a pass[141] [141.5]

Women & children first policies in advocacy, emergency aid, & evacuations[142]

Woman's Hour six times a week on the BBC, but no Men's Hour or the like[143]

Women's academic forums but no men's, so widespread ignorance on men[144]

Women's groups & governments oppose joint custody[145] [145.5]

Women's groups exaggerate prevalence of rape and domestic violence[146]

Women's issues TV shows, but no men's issues shows[147]

Women-only political advocacy rhetoric, from far left to far right wings[148] [149]

Women-only public spaces, like gyms, swimming baths, parks and islands[15o] [151]

Women-only train carriages[152] [152.5]

Women's-only issues representation by student unions[153]

Women-only research in academia[154]

Women's studies departments – 900 or more women's & gender studies depos ignoring men[155]

United Nations – promotes women's inequality stories[156]

Universities' curricula and culture, across fields, uniformly critical on men[157]

Unpaid security guard role expected of men by many women[158]

XY 'inferiority' rhetoric common, although science does not support the claim[159]

Zero – the number of men's rights movement books most people have read[160]



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Evening Standard

Tony Bonnici 5 Sep 2011 The London School of Economics is facing legal action after a former student claimed its gender studies course was sexist - against men. Tom Martin, who quit the university after six weeks, claims in papers lodged at the Central London county court that lecturers ignored male issues. He is claiming some £50,000 citing breach of contract, misleading advertising, misrepresentation, and breach of the Gender Equality Duty Act. The 39-year-old, who attended the university last year to take up a Gender, Media and Culture Masters degree, said there was "systemic anti-male discrimination". But he said an internal investigation carried out by the university in the wake of his complaints found "no evidence" of bias. Mr Martin, who is representing himself, said: "The core texts we had to read before each class were typically packed with anti-male discrimination and bias - heavily focusing on, exaggerating, and falsifying women's issues perspectives, whilst blaming men, to justify ignoring men's issues. There was no warning of this sexist agenda in the prospectus." He added: "They simply refuse to acknowledge the research which contradicts the 'women good/men bad', or the 'women victims/men perpetrators' storyline. "Science does not come into it at LSE's Gender Institute. Like a religion, the curriculum simply insists, by repetition, attempting to drum the anti-male agenda into the students." The university's legal team has asked for the case to be struck out, claiming the core texts were not compulsory, merely recommended readings, and that the texts were equally available for both men and women to read, so therefore did not directly discriminate against men. The team also argues that "any discriminatory effect [against men] was plainly justifiable".

Guardian

Jonathan Dean guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 7 September 2011 15.30 BST Article history Let's get this straight. Gender studies isn't about 'women good, men bad' It's ironic that an ex-student is using anti-discrimination law to sue this LSE department. But he was only there for six weeks. Feminism makes some men very scared, others very angry. Tom Martin, who is taking legal action against the London School of Economics, risks being seen as falling into both of these categories. A former student at the LSE Gender Institute, Martin claims he had the misfortune of being subject to a torrent of anti-male discrimination during his (very brief) time there, and has cited the Gender Equality Duty to support his case. The irony of attacking feminists by invoking a piece of legislation whose existence is largely down to the energy and commitment of feminist campaigners scarcely needs pointing out. Martin alleges that the course material he studied during his six weeks at the LSE was systematically anti-male overlooked men's issues, and ignored any research that contested a "women good, men bad" line of reasoning. Furthermore, Martin claims that the Gender Institute drummed into the students, with quasi-religious fervour, a simplistic view of women as victims and men as perpetrators. If his experience is anything to go by, any self-respecting male should steer well clear of such institutionalised misandry. Well, male readers, before you start cowering behind the sofa fearful of the castrating gender studies professor who's about to get you, let me reassure you. Although I don't know the specifics of Martin's experience, I am a male academic active in gender studies, and was a researcher at the very institution that Martin is suing. And yet for me, as with many other male gender studies scholars and students, my academic engagement with feminism and gender issues has been nothing short of life-affirming. Let's get a few things straight. The dominant ideas, approaches and insights of the vast majority of academic disciplines are produced by, for and about men. This does not necessarily make them bad ideas, but it does mean that there are entrenched gender biases in most fields. In my own discipline – politics – the key undergraduate texts are overwhelmingly by and about men. And yet this is seen by most as unproblematic, as natural or inevitable. Gender studies is an attempt to critique this entrenched male bias. As an emerging area of study, it remains small and lacks the financial and institutional clout of the bigger disciplines. It strikes me as utterly bemusing that one would want to direct one's ire towards one of the few academic spaces in which the implications of biases that go largely unchallenged elsewhere are explored. But let's clear up a few further points. Firstly, the perception that gender studies is doctrinal and dogmatic is simply untrue. It is sceptical of traditional distinctions between fields of research, and is more dynamic, innovative and open to new perspectives than established disciplines. And far from sticking to a crude "women good, men bad" line, gender studies programmes encourage students to acknowledge the diversity of relations between men and women, the limitations of a victim-centred understanding of womanhood, and the complex ways in which gender intersects with race, class and sexuality. The development of this more holistic approach to gender analysis is one of the reasons why the name "gender studies" is now usually given preference over "women's studies", although the name of the field remains a controversial topic. What is not in dispute, though, is the contribution to gender studies of current research into the changing nature of masculinity. Scholars such as Jeff Hearn, R W Connell, Keith Pringle, Michael Kimmel and Terrell Carver have all taken inspiration from feminism and women's studies to analyse, for example, class and racial inequalities between men, the causes and consequences of male violence, the lived experience of different kinds of male sexuality, and the ways in which ideas of masculinity influence social and political thought. Although most gender studies scholars and students are women, the likes of Jeff Hearn and Michael Kimmel have paved the way for increasing numbers of men to contribute to academic gender studies, contributions that have been unambiguously welcomed. In this context, if a gender studies scholar were to put forward a crude "women good, men bad" analysis, it would never stand up to peer scrutiny. Finally, gender studies courses are extremely friendly and supportive environments. In contrast to the stuffiness and conformity of many academic settings, gender studies students and scholars are tolerant, friendly, and enlightened in their attitudes to race, sexual orientation and transsexuality. Gender studies is invariably more sociable than other academic settings, and all kinds of people are welcome, so long as you are willing to engage with people and ideas in a considered and respectful manner. If you're committed to combating discrimination and prejudice in academia, gender studies is an eccentrically misguided choice of target.

The F Word

Man sues LSE for "anti-male" gender studies agenda by Alicia Izharuddin // 4 September 2011, 20:09 Once upon a time, the hallowed halls of academia were only opened to men. Within, men consumed and produced scholarship about other men. The presence of women in university was thought to contaminate, ridicule, and degrade the sacred pursuit of learning. Learning was even thought to be bad for women, making them infertile among other things. When the doors were finally burst open to women, there was no turning back; women were everywhere, accomplishing in male-dominated disciplines, outnumbering and out-performing the male of the species, and dominating the humanities and social sciences. Then came the rise of Gender Studies that served to redress the historical silencing of queer and female voices, and administer a small dose of balance into the male-centred world of learning. So far, so good for woman-kind. But recently, the London School of Economics (LSE) has been threatened to floor the reverse pedal on the latter. The man at the centre of this tea-cup sized furore is former student of LSE, Tom Martin, who claimed that the Gender Studies masters programme he was following was "sexist" for focusing on women's issues rather than men's issues. Martin's spectacularly ineffectual allegations is presumably meant to expose the hidden anti-male agenda and the evil feminine take-over that were unfolding before his very eyes. But little does he realise the irony of his own sexist claims. Gender Studies has traditionally been the preserve of women because it is one of the very few scholarly retreats from the male-dominated world of academia. By scholarly retreats I mean it is interested in questioning (issues not limited to) sexism and power imbalances in society. There are of course a number of class and race-related problems in Gender Studies that concern women but that is for another post. The study of masculinities or "men's issues" takes a back-seat in Gender Studies because women and femininity have traditionally been viewed as "problematic" categories in both good and bad ways, while masculinity and men have long been default, invisible, and unproblematic categories. The study of men is gaining ground in Gender Studies but Martin's grievances about its "secondary" place in the discipline is typical of some men who want their issues to dominate, to be first and take importance. This has been the case for centuries. And so the predominance of women and their issues strike men who are consumed by their male privilege as an oddity, a takeover by women, an outrage best described as "sexism".