Monday, 4 August 2008


Link at bottom.

When I tell my women friends that I want to save the males, they look at me as if noticing for the first time that I am insane. Then they say something like: “Are you out of your mind? This is still a male-dominated world. It’s women who need saving. Screw the men!” ...

... For the past 30 years or so, males have been under siege by a culture that too often embraces the notion that men are to blame for all of life’s ills. Males as a group – not random men – are bad by virtue of their DNA.

While women have been cast as victims, martyrs, mystics or saints, men have quietly retreated into their caves, the better to muffle emotions that fluctuate between hilarity (are these bitches crazy or what?) and rage (yes, they are and they’ve got our kids). ...

... Something that’s hard for many women to admit or understand is that after about the age of seven, boys prefer the company of men. A woman could know the secret code to Aladdin’s cave and it would be less interesting to a boy than a man talking about dirt.

... From their mothers, boys basically want to hear variations on two phrases: “I love you” and “Do you want those fried or scrambled?” I learnt this in no uncertain terms when I was a Cub Scout leader, which mysteriously seems to have prompted my son’s decision to abandon Scouting for ever.

My co-Akela (Cub Scout for wolf leader) was Dr Judy Sullivan – friend, fellow mother and clinical psychologist. Imagine the boys’ excitement when they learnt who would be leading them in guy pursuits: a reporter and a shrink – two intense, overachieving, helicopter mothers of only boys. Shouldn’t there be a law against this?

We had our boys’ best interests at heart, of course, and did our utmost to be good den mothers. But seven-year-old boys are not interested in making lanterns from coffee tins. They want to shoot bows and arrows, preferably at one another, chop wood with stone-hewn axes and sink canoes, preferably while in them.

At the end of a school day, during which they have been steeped in oestrogen by women teachers and told how many “bad choices” they’ve made, boys are ready to make some really bad choices. ...

... As luck would have it, a Cub Scout’s father was semi-retired or between jobs or something – we didn’t ask – and could attend the meetings. He didn’t have to do a thing. He just had to be there and respire testosterone vapours into the atmosphere.

His presence shifted the tectonic plates and changed the angle of the Earth on its axis. Our boys were at his command, ready to disarm landmines, to sink enemy ships – or even to sit quietly for the sake of the unit if he of the gravelly voice and sandpaper face wished it so. ...

... As long as men feel marginalised by the women whose favours and approval they seek; as long as they are alienated from their children and treated as criminals by family courts; as long as they are disrespected by a culture that no longer values masculinity tied to honour; and as long as boys are bereft of strong fathers and our young men and women wage sexual war, then we risk cultural suicide. ...

... When women say, “No, honey, you stay in bed. I’ll go see what that noise is” – I’ll reconsider.

Well worth reading the lot:


Anti-gag said...

I like the way you're keeping this blog local with local issues, that is is of course exactly what our local blog should be: Local!

However the style and format leave a lot to be desired, erratic jumps in the text size and a lack of photos or videos to mention just three quick points. Now is the time to experiment, visits to the blog will be low simply because there are no elections on at the moment so interest in the party will be lower than during the group's more active periods.

Photos and videos are a snip to put on blogs, so build up a store of these before next May's elections. Also why not ask for local articles from members at your meeting, once again given the current low hit rate you won't have to offend people by not posting them just because some may fall below standard, and I bet you get some really good stuff.

I'm convinced that local blogs (in conjunction with local leaflets), are not only a vote winner during election times, but also a great aid to recruitment in-between.

And once again well done Wigan BNP.

Chris Hill

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Anti-gag said...

The Wigan group should think about doing their own report on the RWB, with photos and some short video clips. This would be the perfect opportunity to experiment with the look and design of the blog itself. Your first attempts don't have to be great, at least when people learn from their mistakes they are learning. Then hopefully by the next round of council elections the Wigan blog should be a vote winner. Think Free Glossy colour brochure with videos. Over 70% of UK homes now have Broadband that along with the 10% still on dial up means we have the potential to reach over 80% of voters using local blogs when tied in with local leaflets.

Also a banner at the top of the page, made up of local photos, would be a nice touch for the Wigan blog

The watch phrase is: 'keep it local'.

Chris Hill

Lanky Patriot said...

Thanks Chris.
We'll try some new tricks in future including photos.