Why I Mildly Dislike Julie Bindel

Yesterday’s publication of the Guardian saw “Why I Hate Men” by Julie Bindel printed in the Comment is Free section. Depressingly the standard of the article comes as little surprise. I’m starting to think this section of the paper would be better off entitled “Comment is Free (And You Get What You Pay For)” as Ed has joked.

In the article Bindel tells us why she hates men. Well, actually, its not men she hates but:

[O]nly the men who perpetrate these crimes (rape, violence, torture, molestation and other cases of sexual harassment) against my sisters, and those who do nothing to stop it.

Now, the first part of the conjunction is something of a prosaicism since practically everyone is in agreement about the distastefulness of the behavior of those individuals who carry-out these sorts of acts; all are criminal acts punishable by law. The interesting question is why Bindel hates those that do nothing to stop these acts and why it is that only men fall prey to her contempt.

So what does “doing nothing to stop these acts” actually mean? Is she referring to men present when these acts are perpetrated but who fail to intervene or men who simply are not generally active in the attempted curtailment of these crimes? If it’s the former that are the objects of her derision then there is nothing to quibble over; if it’s the latter then there probably is. For men to be morally blameworthy here would require that the requisite activism be one of our pressing moral duties, yet that seems to be a very strong demand as it would overload us with positive duties.

Furthermore, why does this duty befall men and not women; and why does Bindel not also hate those women that do nothing to stop it? Bindel can’t exclude women who perpetrate these crimes or acquiesce in their occurrence without relying on an implicit sexist premise; the idea that culpability has something to do with being a man. But maybe this is being uncharitable; maybe these women are as much the object of her derision as the men in question. Were this to be the case, however, Bindel would again be broadcasting her sexist presuppositions as the article would have nothing to do with men or manhood, but only those people who commit these crimes and who fail to act. In which case the article should be titled “Why I Hate Those People Who Commit Terrible Crimes and Who Fail to Act in Preventing These Crimes”. Then again, it’s more than likely that such a banality would never have been published in the first place.

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20 Responses to “Why I Mildly Dislike Julie Bindel”


  1. 1 m Andrea June 27, 2008 at 3:16 am

    It is always easier to attack someone’s character then to actually address their points.

    Men rape women.

    Oh why do you hate men?

    Men rape women.

    Oh why don’t you like sex?

    Men rape women.

    Oh did you have a bad experience?

    Please, let’s discuss why men rape women. But that’s too painful, so let’s change the subject to your feelings, and then let’s insist that your feelings must be wrong. Let’s not address the points.

    Change the focus, change the subject. Don’t address the points. Discuss someone’s feelings instead.

    It is men who rape; it is men’s responsibility to stop raping. There’s this thing called “permission giving statements” – it means that men tell each other all day long that it is not men’s responsibility to stop raping. Men tell each other all day long why it’s okay to blame the victim for what men choose to do.

    It is men’s responsibility to stop rape. But they don’t care, because they like the idea that the women in their lives whom they claim to love must deal with rape.

    Men don’t know how to love, for they are defective.

  2. 3 Jim July 24, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Indeed. Its also sexist and a nice fallacy of composition.

  3. 4 Rob Case August 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    For the idiot who insists that ‘Men Rape Women’ the answer is simply ‘No’.

    Some (a very few) men rape some women.
    Some men rape other men.
    Some women rape other women.
    And I suppose there would be cases of some women even raping men.

    Some people hurt others. End of. Casting guilt upon innocent others is evil. Get that into your head.

  4. 5 MRN August 6, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Cuntbox Andrea: Men have more humanity in their core nature than women will ever have.

    The history of civilisation and the “progress” of feminism proves as much.

    Women do not care about men being raped and pilloried in State courts for Divorce and other feminist laws. This is practically universal among women.

    They don’t know how to care, for they are defective [relative to men] and at their core inhuman.

  5. 6 Ed August 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I’m aghast at the nonsense comments people are typing into this post: gibberish and counter-gibberish. Is it all some big joke? Who would sincerely write such things? “Cuntbox”? It’s barmy.

  6. 7 irlandes August 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Hey, Eddie, my boy. It’s called Future Shock. Change comes so fast people can’t keep up with it. We have had forty years of totally unprincipled and vicious attacks on men in the entire Anglosphere.

    Suddenly out of nowhere come a large group of angry men. Hey, this isn’t supposed to happen. Men, all men but me, for I am special and different, are supposed to accept every imaginable lie and insult tossed in their faces.

    OOOOO, how mean to actually fight back!!!!!!

    Get used to it, babe. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  7. 8 Ed August 8, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Irlandes,

    Did you meet a devil woman? Did she take your heart away? Well, maybe you had it coming to you. Maybe you wanted it that way. Anyway, any love is good love, so take what you can get: there’s something you’re never going to forget. But now I’ll look at you with these big brown eyes and say: “Please stop posting your mindless gibberish on my blog, you utter lunatic.”

  8. 9 MJ July 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    *Men rape women*

    Nope.

    Men PROTECT Women.
    Women kill & rape children

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