A forthcoming BBC Radio 4 discussion on feminism, with Dr Catherine Hakim

Next Monday, 4 March, there’s going to be a discussion on the state of feminism in Britain, on the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week. It will be broadcast twice that day, at 09:00 and 21:30. A lady BBC researcher contacted me and we talked at length about feminism, as did another writer and men’s human rights activist, Swayne O’Pie, author of the excellent book Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism.

On the programme will be the feminist writer and activist Natasha Walter, and Dr Catherine Hakim, a renowned sociologist, and the originator of Preference Theory (2000). Her research found that while four out of seven British men are ‘work-centred’, only one in seven British women are. This alone accounts for most of the ‘low’ representation of women we see in the upper reaches of major organisations, particularly in the private sector. Most of the remainder of the explanation in the private sector can be attributed to the fact that almost two-thirds of private sector workers in the UK are men. Combining these two facts would lead us to expect men to take over 90% of major corporate board positions, but it’s currently about 85% and declining year-on-year.

Preference Theory is central to our Campaign for Merit in Business. More details on the theory below:


I also suggested to the BBC researcher that she speak to some anti-feminists of the female persuasion. She agreed to this, and later the same day I supplied her with the names of two prominent female anti-feminists who were willing to have a discussion with her. That was over a week ago, and she confirmed today she’s spoken to neither of them.

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