Have you heard the story of Tom Martin yet ? He’s been doing a pretty good job promoting himself in the past year but if he’s not hit your radar yet then check out his website Sexism Busters.
Tom has launched a sex discrimination lawsuit against Europe’s largest gender studies department at The London School of Economics (LSE) which is scheduled for March 13th. The basis of his case is that he signed up for the university’s Gender, Media and Culture Masters and found it to be sexist against men.
He is now claiming some £50,000 citing breach of contract, misleading advertising, misrepresentation, and breach of the Gender Equality Duty Act.
Although Tom’s approach is not to everyone’s taste there is no doubt that he raises a very important issue – where do students go to study gender issues that relate to men and boys – and consider gender issues from a non-feminist perspective.
If we are to build a diverse and vibrant sector that is exquisitely skilled at tackling key issues like boys educational performance, male suicide, fatherlessness, violence against men and boys etc – how do we do this without giving students the option to develop their expertise in these areas.
According to Tom, he experienced “systemic anti-male discrimination” and says “the core texts we had to read before each class were typically packed with anti-male discrimination and bias – heavily focusing on, exaggerating, and falsifying women’s issues perspectives, whilst blaming men, to justify ignoring men’s issues. There was no warning of this sexist agenda in the prospectus.”
He adds: “They simply refuse to acknowledge the research which contradicts the ‘women good/men bad’, or the ‘women victims/men perpetrators’ storyline. Science does not come into it at LSE’s Gender Institute. Like a religion, the curriculum simply insists, by repetition, attempting to drum the anti-male agenda into the students.”
According to Tom 120 people from 9 countries have donated over £4,000 to his legal fighting fund so far. To find out more about this groundbreaking case see www.sexismbusters.org.