Radical women writers come to Brighton

Two radical women writers known for challenging mainstream feminist thinking on gender politics are appearing in a double-header in Brighton this month.

Erin Pizzey, founder of the women’s refuge movement in the UK who has criticised the feminist movement for “only allowing women to be victims” and Dr Catherine Hakim author of a Centre for Policy Studies report called Feminist Myths and Magic Medicine are appearing together at the City Books Festival on Saturday 15th October.

Pizzey, who famously founded the women’s refuge movement in West London in the early Seventies and was part of the early feminist movement said in a national newspaper interview:

“We must stop demonising men and start healing the rift that feminism has created between men and women. [The] insidious and manipulative philosophy that women are always victims and men always oppressors can only continue this unspeakable cycle of violence. And it’s our children who will suffer.”

Dr Catherine Hakim of the London School of Economics is a proponent of preference theory which challenges the perception that men’s sexism causes the gender pay gap. In her report – “Feminist Myths and Magic Medicine – the flawed thinking behind calls for further equality legislation” (click here to read this report) – Hakim stated:

“Equal opportunities policies have been successful in the UK, stimulating massive changes over the past 30 years and transforming women’s lives. Women today have more choices than men, including real choices between a focus on family work and/or paid employment. For the first time in history women in developed societies are free to take up any occupation or career on the same basis as men.

“Despite this, sex differences are [still] treated as self- evident proof of widespread sex discrimination and sex-role stereotyping rather than the result of personal choices and preferences. The truth is that most men and women have different career aspirations and priorities. Men and women often have different life-goals and policy makers should therefore not expect the same job outcomes.”

For more details of Erin Pizzey and Dr Catherine Hakim’s appearance at the City Books Festival on Saturday 15th October click here to visit the website or see more details below:

Date: Saturday 15th October

TimeL 7.00 p.m.

Tickets: £6.00

Venue The Old Market 11a Upper Market Street Hove BN3 1AS


Erin Pizzey is a British family care activist and a best-selling novelist. She became internationally famous for having started one of the first women’s refuges, Chiswick Women’s Aid, in 1971 the organisation known today as Refuge.

Dr Catherine Hakim, a sociologist at the London School of Economics. Hakim’s controversial new book, is Honey Money: The power of erotic capital. Her concept is that “attractive wins and ugly loses in today’s rat race”.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at www.helpingmen.co.uk.

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