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Video and thoughts from 'Let Women Speak' event.
On Easter Sunday I travelled to London to report from a ‘Let Women Speak’ event organised by Kellie-Jay Keen. This event comes after she was smeared as a white supremacist by the New Zealand media and physically assaulted at one of her events there.
You can watch my report below:
You can also see my real-time Twitter report thread here:
I have a few thoughts.
The gathering was an entirely peaceful one. Not a single counter protestor turned up. A rumour that got relayed to me by a number of people present was that the counter-protestors were put off by the size of the police presence. But I cannot confirm this.
Kellie was treated to a hero’s welcome as she made her way to The Reformers’ Tree area of Hyde Park. It seems the attempts to silence and assault her in New Zealand have only succeeded in increasing her popularity. A number of people told me they had only attended this event because they were shocked by what they had seen in New Zealand weeks before.
Having covered a number of ‘gender critical’ events, the crowd is usually made up of predominantly middle-aged women. This isn’t intended to be a criticism, it’s just an observation. It always made sense to me that women who had lived through historic inequality as a result of their sex would be better placed to recognise a new strain of it. However, this event seemed to have also attracted a fair amount of younger women this time, which is an interesting development.
Attitude towards men
This issue of gender ideology appears to disproportionately impact women—but not only women. I have no issue with any organised resistance coming solely from women, for the benefit of women.
Also, the pushback to this insanity will not be successful without the participation of men and their allyship too. If bad men are the problem, then good men need to be part of the solution. And I agree that a sizeable chunk of the ‘solution’ means listening to women when they talk about their sex-based rights. Which I have tried to do for a while now.
You will hear in my video report on numerous occasions that men speaking up are told to be quiet by Kellie-Jay Keen, or asked to move to the back behind women. As you can see in the video, when I first start filming the event the crowd forms in a semi-circle. I positioned myself in a place where no women were stood behind me. As more people gathered, women then started to stand behind me. Out of politeness, I moved sideward several times (like some sort of camera operating crab) so that I wasn’t blocking anyone’s view. And I ensured I never stood in front of any women that appeared to be operating cameras at the event in an official capacity.
A bit later on, a woman who was stood to my right chastised me for standing at the front. Even though I wasn’t blocking her view, I asked her if she would like to stand in front of me. She said no, and that she was just “letting me know”. So, a telling off then. A little after that, I was told to kneel down instead by a woman somewhere behind me (I didn’t see who). After ten mins of lower back strain (I have a recurring herniated disc issue) I decided I’d rather do anything else, so I didn’t film the rest of the speakers.
I get it. Women have been historically marginalised and they want a movement that places them front and centre in every way. Fair enough, that’s their right. But this is Speakers corner in Hyde Park. Anyone can say what they like, where they like and film from wherever they want to film. Whether “they have a penis” or not. Attempting to address an imbalance by creating a new one is typically the strategy of the ultra-woke.
So, telling men to be quiet, or ordering them to stand at the back, or to kneel down may not be the best strategy—especially when they are there to support you. It might just give the impression to potential male allies that this movement is more anti-men than it is pro-women. The overwhelming majority of women I interacted with were friendly and happy to chat about the issues however. In conclusion, it really feels like the collision between women and gender ideology is going mainstream, and this is a good thing.