Whether you agree with Farage or not, I’m afraid I have some bad news for all the women out there.
An anti-feminism party called ‘J4MB’ are standing for parliament in the 2015 elections. J4MB stands for ‘Justice for Men and Boys (And the Women Who Love Them)’. Yes, really.
The leader of J4MB is Mike Buchanan, a retired businessman turned men’s humans rights activist. He will stand for the Ashfield constituency in Nottinghamshire. Mike Buchanan definitely does not like feminism.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, he said, ‘to call yourself a feminist should be no more acceptable than calling yourself a bigot or a sexist or a fascist. It is a deeply vile, corrupting ideology and the idea it’s a benign movement about gender equality is dangerous nonsense.’
Feminism is dangerous nonsense? Equal political, social, economic and cultural rights for women – what madness! Nickelback’s 2015 tour is dangerous nonsense, not feminism.
Their website is just full of links to videos and blog posts slating women - including a ‘Lying Feminist Of The Month’ page.
The J4MB site has also got ‘Whiny Feminist of The Month’ and ‘Gormless Feminist of The Month’. Can’t see any of the nominated ladies putting these titles on their CV’s anytime soon.
Here's an old video of Buchanan and some of his somewhat controversial opinions:
This video doesn't paint Mike in a great light, so I had a look through the parties manifesto to see what exactly they would want to propose.
They start off with some good points, ‘J4MB is the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys.’ Fair enough… but then I get to the ‘Abortion’ chapter.
At the moment, women can have an abortion up to 24 weeks (6 months) after conception. J4MB find this ‘morally indefensible’.
The Justice for Men and Boys party propose to change this law, making it a legal offense for women to have an abortion any time after 13 weeks, just a little over 3 months. This cuts down the decision-making time women have by half.
Many women don’t even realise they’re pregnant until three months in, so 13 weeks doesn't seem like it would be enough time to let women decide.
‘Fatherlessness’ - here they propose that the state shouldn’t be ‘encouraging fatherless families, so it should stop subsidizing sperm banks for single women and lesbians.’
What does this mean for lesbian couples that want to have a baby? I'm not sure how many people would agree that being born into a lesbian family without a father figure fucks up your future.
‘Paternity Fraud’ - here proposing that the state should ‘only require a man to have financial responsibility for a child if he’s previously signed a legal declaration that he’s willing to support a child who results from the sexual relationship in question, and a paternity test has proven him to be the child’s biological father.’
Who’s going to sign a legal declaration when they first start a relationship? ‘I know this is our third date so… do you mind signing this legal declaration? You know, just in case?’
The party do also raise some good points though, which makes me a bit disappointed that they ruined them with all the above.
‘Sexual Abuse’ - they propose that ‘the legal definition of rape should be redefined to provide an equivalence between rape and being made to penetrate, which should attract the same sentences.’
‘Anonymity For Suspected Sexual Offenders’ - they say ‘the government should introduce a registry of people convicted of making false sexual offence allegations.’
They go further to say ‘women found guilty of making false sexual offence allegations should serve custodial sentences of the same duration that their victims would have served, had they been found guilty of the purported crimes,’ which although seems a bit drastic, I can see where they’re coming from.
But then I got to the final chapter and they said, ‘feminism is built upon baseless conspiracy theories – such as the ide that men oppress women – as well as fantasies, lies, delusions and myths.’ Oh.
Maybe if these guys just concentrated on men’s rights rather than faulting the rights of women, they might have a shot. But for now, I doubt it.
Keep updated on Buchanan and his party on his Twitter.