We pleased to see that our article on sexism at the 2015 NUS Women’s conference appear to have really struck a chord. It’s already received over ten thousand unique visits in just a few days and seeing as there’s so much interest we decided to write a follow up and examine some of the latest developments in the story.
The scandal began with a Tweet by Sarah Noble, who openly boasted of her proposal at the conference expressing the “need to remove men from society”. Such a hateful statement seemingly calling for the genocide of men isn’t too out of the ordinary in more extremist feminist circles. However, we discovered that Sarah sits on no less than three Liberal Democrat executive committees and also a a fourth position on the policy committee of Liberal Youth, and thus gets to influence policy for a major UK political party. In addition to its hateful content, the timing of the tweet is also unfortunate with the story mushrooming just as the Lib Dems launch their 2015 General Election campaign. Interestingly, Sarah also holds a senior position in administering a feminist block bot on Twitter that blocks and smears the likes of Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox amongst countless others, and we’ll have more on that subject that in our next article.
Unlike an equally vile article by the Independent which was also published recently, Sarah decided to leave her hateful Tweet in place we thought we’d take a closer look to see if it was just a one-off, or part of a pattern of hatred of men. Here’s what we found:
So men need removing from society and putting in the bin (though they’ll just crawl out like animals anyway).
Entitled pigs who abuse and objectify women? I guess that explains why we “need” to remove them from society. Still, in all fairness to Sarah, she’s never explained exactly how such a removal would take place and she hasn’t actually advocated for actual violence of any sort…
Ok, so she’s advocated violence against men once…
Well OK it was actually all men, and she’s done it twice now the link has various nursery rhymes on the same hateful, threatening and violent theme. Some make reference to murdering old men, cutting of men’s genitalia, dancing on dead mens’ graves and other similar hate crimes. Anyhow, onto the next tweet:
That’s three “kill all men” tweets for anyone who’s counting. Remember, this isn’t a random Twitter feminist we’re looking at here, she really is an influential Liberal Democrat politician who sits on three executive committees and a further policy committee too.
I think we’ve established the preferred method of removing men from society now, yes it’s genocide as most people suspected.
We could go on publishing screenshots of Sarah’s hate tweets but frankly we’re running out of space. Here’s a few links for anyone not satisfied with all the material above:
Responses to our previous article attempted to argue Sarah’s hateful comments were either a one-off or simply a hilarious joke, and it was suggested that we simply need to lighten up. Clearly we’ve completely debunked this first theory, and the second is of course a standard defence when hateful bigots are exposed, though even assuming this is an attempt at comedy, then so what? The Tweets are being sent out publicly to thousand of people, and the hateful views were even allegedly expressed at an NUS conference. Bernard’s Manning’s racist comedy routines are “just jokes”, yet he wouldn’t be allowed to sit on the Lib Dem Executive committees after telling them, so why should this be any different? Politicians in other parties get the sack after just one disgusting joke (and none involve murder or genocide either).
More significantly, there’s a vocal minority within the feminist movement who quite clearly hate men. They use violence and intimidation at talks on male suicide, education and other men’s issues and attempt to silence discussion and genuinely put lives in danger by illegally pulling fire alarms time after time. Multiple prominent feminist academics and writers have seriously advocated for the genocide of men and therefore it is particularly inappropriate for anyone identifying as a feminist to make comments such as these. Furthermore, the fact that this pattern of hate has been repeated again and again, year after year, indicates that Sarah does indeed have a genuine problem with 49% of the electorate and she’s not the only one in the party with such a problem. Ultimately, extremism of this sort surely has no place in the Liberal Democrats.
We’ll still awaiting a full response from the Lib Dems about the story, though they are at least looking into it now. Obviously we’ll forward them these latest developments and publish their response as soon as we receive it.
update, a lot of readers are looking to contact the Liberall Democrats to make their views know about this matter. It seem the party prefers people to contact the local Lib Dem branch of the person who the complaint is about, thus in Sarah’s case this is the Yorkshire and Humberside Liberal Democrats. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further relevant contacts for the other executive committees on which Sarah sits include:
LGBT Lib Dems: email@example.com
Humanist & Secularist Lib Dems: firstname.lastname@example.org