A student who launched a sex discrimination lawsuit against Europe’s largest gender studies department at The London School of Economics (LSE) has lost his court battle.
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.
However, barrister Nick Armstrong, for the LSE, successfully argued that there were no grounds for moving to what would have been likely to be a long trial.
The judge added that he agreed with Mr Armstrong’s argument that Mr Martin’s claim was too weak to have a reasonable chance of success in any trial.
Tom raised a good deal of publicity and generated some interesting debates on the way – not least in a feature on BBC’s Woman’s Hour entitled – “Is Feminism Sexist?”
Speaking on Woman’s Hour Tom said:
“The bottom line is that professional feminists are actually actively blocking men’s issues discourse. So for instance I was debating the women’s officer of the National Union of Students last week and during the debate she admitted that men do have issues. But behind the scenes in a policy document her organisation instructs members to claim that men face no issues, that men’s officers on university campuses should be banned, that men’s groups should be banned too.”
As we have said previously, Tom highlighted 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.
Highlighting ‘sexism against men’ is not an easy conversation to deliver and he has had a greater impact than most campaigners who come from a ‘men’s rights’ perspective – as the invitation to appear on Woman’s Hour suggests.
He also dared to take the debate into areas where most fear to tread, such as false rape allegations, in ways that seem to have inflamed more than they have informed. No-one we know of has found a way to put this important issue – that impacts innocent men – onto the public agenda in a way that ensures that we continue to do a better job for both rape victims and victims of false rape claims in future. The voice of victims – male or female – needs to heard and male victims of false allegations in UK do need a credible and effective champion.
We look forward to seeing how Tom develops his interest in men’s issues in the future.