(Update, we’ve pleased to have finally received a reply from Lincoln University. In the interests of fairness we’re posting that statement prominently in bold here and have updated the article and relevant questions in response to the information received.
University of Lincoln statement:
“Julie Bindel is not a member of staff at the University of Lincoln. As a visiting fellow, she delivers an annual guest lecture in the School of Health & Social Care on issues of domestic violence, in an unpaid capacity. Her research in this area, particularly the effect of domestic violence on children, is highly regarded and has been well-received by students.”
Readers should note that Bindel describes herself as “Research Fellow, Lincoln University” on her Twitter profile, we’d suggest Lincoln University actually deal with the source of this false information (Bindel herself) rather than sending us emails suggesting we consider taking this article down for merely repeating information from Bindel’s profile. Also if they could actually answer some our question about why they choose to associate with hateful concentration camps supporters than that might be a good idea too. Anyway, our sincere apologies to the University of Lincoln for believing sexist and hateful people associated with their institution.
We’ve had an incredible response to our article about Julie Bindle’s recent hate comments. For the unaware, Bindel recently finally came out as a literal feminazi, proposing compulsory guarded concentration camps for all men and even indicating she regarded males as sub-human.
Thanks to readers retweeting our article, the story was picked up by website the college fix, and then by American websites and finally by Paul Joseph Watson. The later produced a fantastic viral video about the scandal and its view count already exceeds 100K in just 5 days. Those with a sense of humour will also enjoy seeing that even Hitler himself has now weighed in with his opinion on the issues in a youtube video of his own:
The story has been translated into a number of languages, and our international readers have produced a petition asking the Guardian to relieve Bindel of her position s a writer for the newspaper. For the record, we (and quite a few others) think the Guardian’s involvement here is the least pressing issue. They, like Bindel, have a long record of publishing hate comments about men and therefore in many ways she’s the perfect fit for the publication.
The real concern here is Bindel’s role as a visiting research fellow at Lincoln University, a role she is set to hold until 2017. We’ve been unable to establish for certain exactly which department at Lincoln Bindel
works for holds this title at, though she has strong links with its School of Health and Social Care and thus we’re 99% sure they’re the ones with questions to answer. The following is a serious of questions we put to the head of the department in an email sent on Monday (note we’ve now edited some questions to remove minor inaccuracies about the nature of Bindel’s postion))
- How are Bindel’s extremist and blatantly hateful views about all males compatible with the University of Lincoln’s “commitment to equality and diversity”. In particular, how does the presence of such an extreme and committed misandrist fit with your commitment to “actively promote an organisation culture where individual difference is appreciated and respected, ensuring equitable and fair treatment for all”. Also, how does
the employment ofgiving this title to Bindel “actively foster an environment that is free from unfair and unlawful discrimination and harassment” and the universities stance against discrimination on the basis of gender?
- Is there not a most severe conflict between Bindel’s views and the University of Lincoln Code of Ethics? I note that said code has an entire paragraph dedicated to “Respect for others” which states “The University respects the intrinsic worth of each individual and takes pride in its diversity. Lincoln is an inclusive community committed to equal opportunities.” Is it really respectful to regard all male students and staff as sub-human and is her proposal to imprison all male students and staff in concentration camps “ethical behaviour”?
- What taxpayer funding does the university of Lincoln receive and who is funding Bindel’s research? Do her activities and research make use of any facilities that are either party or fully funded by the state or public bodies? (update – note that there is no actual research been undertaken by Bindel at the University)
- I’m sure you’re already aware of the vast gender education gap that currently blights the higher education system with many university leaders now regarding males as a disadvantaged group. What is the gap for the student population at the University of Lincoln as a whole and in the the School of Health and Social Care in particular and what are your polices and plans for tackling this issue? Won’t the
employmentuse of extremist man-hating feminists further worsen what is already a hostile environment for male students and actually further increase inequality by worsening the gender education gap rather than reducing it as is needed?
- The University has various safeguarding commitments and claims take student safety very seriously. Can male students really feel safe on campus if there is a presence of extremist
staffvisiting research fellows who hate them because of their gender and wish to place them in concentration camps? Is Bindel allowed near men on campus, do you currently use a chaperone for Bindel to ensure she doesn’t not attempt to harass or attack males at the university?
- Who recruited Bindel to
workthe position of visiting research fellow at your institution and who does she report to? Are you or they already aware of this scandal and her previous hate and extreme discriminatory attitudes towards males and if so what steps were taken to ensure such attitudes did not impact on the department or her research?
- Exactly what type of research is Bindel conducting at your institution? Does it in any way whatsoever relate to her concentration camp plans or gender? Do you really think any research by this individual could be of the slightest value, remotely honest or credible given her hateful and extremist views about half of humanity? Furthermore, doesn’t her very presence at your institution severely damage the reputation and credibility of your department, particularity any staff
workingassociated with Bindel or in the same subject area?
As well as uncovering the above breaches of Lincoln University policy, HEqual has also investigated Bindel’s position as a patron of the Brighton-based organisation “For our daughters“. Obviously there’s a need to alert this organisation to Bindel’s views and it’s notable that it receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (note that we mistakenly referred to the sister organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation below). We sent the following questions to Jean Calder who runs “For our daughters”:
- Can you confirm if Bindel is still presently a patron of your organisation or is the website out of date?
What is your organisation’s position of Bindel’s hate comments concerning the promotion of concentration camps and view of men as sub–human?
Do you not feel there’s a conflict between having such a hateful sexist man-hating individual as a patron for your organisation and your claim to be “opposing sexist violence:”. Isn’t Bindel’s fondness for concentration camps at odds with your goal of “promoting equal rights”?
If For Our Daughters genuinely is against “sexist hate crime” as claimed on your website, then it isn’t wrong to have a patron supporting the most extreme of said crimes? You also claim to be against sexist violence targeted at women becasue of their gender yet your patron supports the very same thing target at men. Surely this is completely inappropriate and would severely damage the reputation and credibility of your organisation should Bindel remains in her position?
Regardless of the views of your organisation with regards to Bindel, do you not feel they fundamentally conflict with those funding your organisation such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation?
Do you receive any government funding?
Are all the other patron’s aware of Bindel’s role at your organisation and her long-standing hateful views about half of humanity?
What action have you taken or do you plan to take in regards to this matter?
It doesn’t appear that we’ll be hearing much from Bindel on this story. The radfem blog which published the infamous Femminazi interview took down the article in question, but only so they could delete all comments and block people from having their say and the article is now back up in locked-down form, you can still see an archive of the original here. We’ve just noticed that the HEqual account is now also blocked by Bindel on Twitter, which really is quite the badge of honour for anyone campaigning for gender equality.
Those who enjoy cases of unfortunate timing will no doubt have been tremendously amused by some of the content of Bindel’s newspaper this week. Incredibly, they’ve run multiple articles complaining about the use of the term “feminazi” – at the very same one of the country’s most prominent feminists has come out as 100% feminazi. I’m delighted to say we’ve been ahead of the game on this one and even our original piece debunked the nonsense of Laura Bates and co, even before they’d put pen to paper. Here’s what we wrote:
Feminists regularly complain about the use of terms such as “feminazi” as if it’s an outrageous and completely unjustifiable slur, yet Bindel’s proposals and de-humanising language might as well be lifted from a Nazi manifesto and the silence from feminists in condemning her (and all those listed above) is deafening. Feminists have plenty of time to get outraged by a harmless shirt worn by a respected scientist, they’ll misrepresent a clear joke by Tim Hunt to get him fired from his job. They’ll campaign endlessly about how men sit on trains and assault them if said seating position is not to their liking, and then next priority on their agenda is to interfere with the way men go to the toilet. However, it’s now a week since one of the most high profile feminist commentators openly suggested putting all men on concentration camps until they became human beings and there’s not a word on condemnation anywhere. Until that changes and feminists start condemning misandry instead of celebrating it then the feminazi term is quite clearly 100% justifiable and particularly so in reference to anyone associated with Bindel or the organisations she works for.
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