In a cracking article at the weekend and following the resignation of another director at the Equalities Commission (see previous post), David Green of think tank Civitas wrote in the Telegraph that Trevor Phillips was a victim of a campaign because he did not believe in multi-culturalism and the victim group mentality at play.
It has always been a conundrum for this site because the site it is about creating an environment where men and women receive support as individuals not because of gender, though of course, each gender has unique issues to contend with. However, as we have had 30 years (at least) of an anti-male culture it was natural for a site like this to want for men the same rights and treatment as women. We do not want more, or special treatment, we want the same treatment. What David Green's article shows how easily it is for representatives of one group or t'other to falls into the trap of wanting more, that is, positive action. We have to be careful.
Putting those musing aside, what is happening at the Commission and what is revealed by those who are leaving, is the absence of a voice for men. The battles for gender equality ignores 50% of the population as this can be played out by the ignorance of the Commission on a number of areas especially boys' education, domestic violence, male cancers, the family courts (the list could go on).
In a previous example, If you compare the elbow grease put in by the Commission on issues such as the gender pay gap and the map of gaps with their silence on those issues where men need help, it is frightening.
As mentioned in the previous post, Phillips and others have tentatively commented (on black and white boys' education and parental leave) on male subjects but there has been a backlash, obviously internally.
These are the barriers we men face, the inner sanctum of the Commission is anti-male, let no one forget this. Not one of the Commissioners (see Annual Report page 19), whether still there or not, represented a male perspective at all.