Earlier today we received a donation of £100 towards our £1,000 target to fund our fourth candidate for the 2015 general election. This was obviously pleasing, but the individual asked to remain anonymous. The gender of the donor wasn’t deducible from the his/her email address, so we emailed him/her to ask for his/her motivations behind the donation. We’ve just received this email in response:
I’m a male student, 19, at a university in the North of England, but I don’t want to identify myself beyond that. There’s a growing realisation among young men – and young women, come to that – that men and boys are demonised, and it’s time this demonisation STOPPED. We’ve all seen the carnage wrought by that demonisation – fathers crippled by divorce settlements, denied access to their children, male relatives committing suicide, and in my case, an uncle assaulted by a wife who was never charged for beating him black and blue with a hammer, although she knocked out several teeth in the process. But hey, she was drunk, so you shouldn’t blame her, seemed to be the consensus. Somehow I think he wouldn’t have been excused for beating her up, if he’d been drunk.
As a student I don’t have a lot of money, but I worked in the summer, so here’s £100 to help you fund another candidate.
Along with some other students I’m planning to establish a Men’s Rights group soon. The Students’ Union will go APESHIT. Good. I don’t suppose you’d be willing to travel here to give a speech to launch the group?
I’ve responded as follows:
Thank you both for your generous donation and your email. I should be delighted to give the speech you ask for, and to meet with you and other people who care about the human rights of men and boys (and the women who love them).
We have a target of £1,000 to fund our fourth candidate for the 2015 general election. Generous men and women have donated £305 so far, can you donate anything? Even £1 would be welcome. Thank you for your support: