Back in May, I wrote about an incident at an Australian school where feminist blogger Clementine Ford spoke. The school invited Ford to speak about women’s issues, and several boys in the audience challenged her views. Rather than address the boys’ questions, Ford left and later took to Twitter to bash the boys.This prompted a response from the school, which inexplicably took Ford’s side in attacking their male students.
New information, however, reveals that the situation was much worse for Ford than initially reported:
Some schoolgirls staged a walkout on feminist Clementine Ford after she refused to take questions from male students at exclusive Aquinas College in Melbourne.
The 35-year-old blogger and controversial, outspoken activist was slammed by parents after she blocked questions from year 10 schoolboys at the private secondary school.
The incident, which caused some female Aquinas students to walk out of Ford’s talk, happened in May this year.
One angry parent claimed Ford had treated the 15-year-old male students “like crap”.
“The boys wanted to ask her questions, and she refused to answer questions from boys. She goes, ‘No no, I’m only taking questions from girls,’” parent Darren told Melbourne Radio 3AW.
“The ones that turned on her after she treated the boys like crap, was the girls who got up and left.”
The father said following the fallout from the talk, Ford “went nuts, she crucified the boys online and the school had to do a massive backpedal”.
The father is not exaggerating. Follow the link to my original post and read what Ford wrote on Twitter. Her response was unhinged at best. The school should not have invited her to speak given her history of blatant misandry. It does a disservice to the male and female students to have to listen to a bigot spout their nonsense for an hour. It also undermines the point of addressing any perceived or real bias between the sexes.
What do you think boys will think of feminists and women when this is how they are treated by them? What do you think the boys will do the next time someone brings up feminist or women’s issues in their presence? They are not likely to respond well to it.
When feminists complain about men not liking them, they have people like Clementine Ford to blame. They also have themselves to blame for putting people like Ford on a pedestal instead of challenging her nasty commentary and hate-filled rants.
This is the face of modern feminism, not simply because Ford is a loud voice, but also because feminists appear to allow her to be the voice of their movement. There is no reason any of those boys have to assume all feminists are not like this when so many feminists applauded Ford’s Twitter rant.
It is unclear if the school will have a follow-up with the student in the coming school year given that this story is back in the news. I would hope that they would at least refrain from inviting Ford back to speak to the students. If did invite her back, I would hope that all the boys would refuse to attend the talk.
That would be the most powerful message to an egotist like Ford.