In an age in which women’s equality is being realised, men’s rights activists or ‘meninists’ claim that meanwhile, men and boys are lagging behind. Lower grades at school, lower life expectancy and a higher suicide rate are all used as evidence to suggest that men, not women, are the oppressed gender. How should egalitarians respond to these claims? Should we worry if traditional ideas of masculinity are under threat? Or are men’s rights activists simply emulating the cult of victimhood that defines so much of contemporary feminism?
Filmed at the Battle of Ideas, the speakers are Lydia Smith, journalist for the International Business Times; Peter Lloyd, journalist and author of Stand By Your Manhood; Angela Nagle, cultural critic and co-author of Ireland Under Austerity. The chair is Luke Gittos, criminal lawyer and director of the City of London Appeals Clinic; author of Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth.