The all-powerful conspiracy which hides the fact that men are oppressed by women. Or not…

A scandal is brewing at the LSE. Tom Martin was a 39 year old student who signed up to do an MA in Gender, Media and Culture at the LSE. Six weeks later he quit. He has recently initiated legal action against the university for £50,000, claiming anti-male discrimination and false advertising.

You can read his website here ( ) and his twitter feed here ( @sexismbusters ). We’re not linking directly because we have no great desire to find ourselves on his shit list (life is too short for it to be worth the effort). It’s worth having a look through some of the interesting claims he’s made on twitter though. At heart he seems to see the law suit as an attempt to, in his own words, “suing gender studies for pretending most men are rapists”. He claims gender studies systematically ignores “men’s issues” because of its institutionalised hatred.

This is a video he posted on Twitter to support his case. Draw your own conclusions:

There was a Guardian article by a former academic in the LSE department which you can view here. Read Tom’s response to it here.

Beyond the particular issue in question, this seems an extremely worrying case because of the precedent it sets. As increasingly assertive and vocal student-consumers, now encumbering themselves with massively increased debt for UK degrees, meet a strained, underfunded and stressed higher education system in the UK, what action will they take to try and rectify their grievances? This is undoubtedly an extreme case but perhaps, though an outlier, it is a foretaste of things to come?

6 thoughts on “The all-powerful conspiracy which hides the fact that men are oppressed by women. Or not…

  1. I am Tom Martin, the man suing LSE’s Gender Institute for anti-male bias in its core texts among other places.

    You infer this case is outlandish – but judging by the thousands of comments posted on all the various articles, and the 35 donations my fighting fund, sexismbusters, has received from men and women in 5 countries, it seems a majority recognize, there is indeed an anti-male problem in gender and beyond, and that this case hits the nail on the head.

    I am an egalitarian. A feminist and a men’s rights activist. If people don’t want equality, they should try moving to the Yemen.

    You are right though, this case is important as a consumer issue too.

  2. “it seems a majority recognize, there is indeed an anti-male problem in gender and beyond” – I’m guessing you quit your course before you studied any research methods or philosophy of social science?

  3. And I don’t think this case is a ‘consumer issue’. The fact you conceptualise it like that speaks volumes about yourself and illustrates exactly the problem I wrote about. FYI this is a post which will go up on another website in a week’s time (I post things I write to my personal blog when I write them). I would tell you the name of the site but given that you clearly either have as-it-happens google alerts setup or your sit around all day googling your own name, I’m guessing you’ll find it anyway so no need to give you the URL.

  4. I have posted a reading list from the gender curriculum at LSE that I’m suing, along with an analysis tool, and one complete reading, with line by line analysis of it on my website, sexismbusters. Decide for yourselves.

    Paul Elam AKA ‘the happy misogynist’ is far more egalitarian than the vast majority of people claiming to be feminists. You’ll find an interview I did on his show at my website also.

    I’m against misogyny and misandry, and would like to remind you, (Goodwin & Rudman, 2006) found women are four times more misandric than men misogynistic on average –
    and point out that such negative attitudes can be exacerbated by negative propaganda about the already feared or disliked sex.

    Content analysis of factual media (Macnamara, 2006) found men are portrayed positively a mere 12% of the time, and negatively 69%.

    Gender studies professionals are experts on sexism, and do know that men get an overwhelmingly negative press, so, given women’s penchant for male-bashing as it is, for the learned people of gender studies to perpetuate the male-blaming, male-fearing bias, is totally wrong.

    I’m curious to know Mark, how you feel about my efforts to encourage gender studies to become a little more egalitarian.

    The Good Men Project just printed an article by Quiet Riot Girl, where she highlights the misandry of some gender academia.

    I would like to see a few more high profile feminist sites do the same.

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