There was a bit of a barney the other night at the London Feminist Film Festival, when one of the panellists at a discussion unexpectedly demanded that all the men present leave.
I can't claim to be an expert on feminist theory, although I probably have read more than most men, and have had historical involvement with Gender Studies. But, from what I've heard from 'mainstream' feminists, feminism is meant to be an inclusive movement that, ultimately, will help men as well as women. What do p.ie's feminists think of the suggestion that feminist events should be women-only affairs?There was an instant uproar: lots of clapping, but also lots of booing. Many men and women got up and left, visibly disgruntled. [Julia] Long then elaborated on her point, saying how "politically disastrous" it had been to allow men to attend feminist events and conferences in recent years (although she did not specify what the harm actually was). She made some further controversial claims, such as that heterosexuality can be a death sentence (no, that's conflating it with abuse), or that in the face of "off the scale" sexual violence and misogyny, there's nothing more threatening than women withdrawing from men completely (how very progressive and change-inspiring).
How a feminist debate was derailed by asking all men to leave | Marta Owczarek | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk