Tory MP Philip Davies to speak at US men's rights conference
A Conservative MP is to speak at a men’s rights conference alongside controversial activists including one who ran a website listing the personal details of feminist writers and called for a “bash a violent bitch month”.
Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, who is a vehement critic of feminism and once sought to obstruct a bill to protect women against violence, is listed as a speaker at the International Conference on Men’s Issues taking place in Chicago in August.
Among the other scheduled speakers are two Ukip European election candidates, Carl Benjamin and Mark Meechan. Benjamin, who posts YouTube videos as “Sargon of Akkad”, once tweeted “I wouldn’t even rape you” to the Labour MP Jess Phillips, and has argued feminism has caused an increase in mass killings.
Another speaker is Paul Elam, an American who leads a group called A Voice for Men. The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which monitors extreme and far-right activity in the US, included Elam on a list of “male supremacists”.
Elam set up what he termed an “offenders register” website displaying photos and personal details of women users said had committed offences against men or had falsely accused them of crimes.
The now-deleted website also listed details of some feminist writers such as the Guardian contributor Jessica Valenti. It said Valenti had been put “among her morally bankrupt contemporaries, where she righteously deserves to be”.
In a defence of such tactics, Elam wrote a response to one female critic on the Voice for Men website saying: “You see, I find you, as a feminist, to be a loathsome, vile piece of human garbage. I find you so pernicious and repugnant that the idea of fucking your shit up gives me an erection.”
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