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(Open Letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Slightly edited.)

 

Dear Mr. Key,

While your government is cutting spending all over the place, you keep throwing money at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, a taxpayer-funded, anti-male research and lobbying group. This group has been using men’s taxes to advocate placing more women on boards, and this has resulted in a concrete proposal from NZX to the Financial Markets Authority.

On 10th July 2012, I sent the following email to info@nzx.com, with the Subject: “Disclosure relating to Board Composition Proposal”:

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

Could you please immediately disclose to the New Zealand public:

  1. the exact contents of your proposal to require companies to disclose the sex composition of their boards;

  2. the names of all the Men's Groups and Men's Rights Activists whom you consulted in the course of reaching your decision;

  3. the reasons that caused you to make your proposal;

  4. the legal authority under which you make that proposal;

  5. the number of your male Directors and male members of your Management Team who discussed this issue with their female partners or wives -- potentially making a de facto female majority on your Board, given that two of your Directors and two of your Management Team are already female.

 

So far, I have received no reply from NZX, which is being hypocritical, by demanding disclosure from others, while making no disclosure itself. This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy that I am sure that many women will implement, once placed on boards.

Since I had sent copies of my email to various people, I received an acknowledgement from one of them. That one was your Minister of Women’s Affairs. Now obviously her reply was a sort of warning that she would be taking action to counter the effect (if any) of my email. On 17th July, an unknown woman I passed in the street told me that I should read that day’s Dominion Post (which I happened already to have a copy of). In it was an article by a Women’s Affairs official entitled “What gets measured gets done.” The obvious message was that, if you publicized the proportion of women on each board, that would make it easier for feminists to press for an increase in that proportion.

In that case, could you please send me a copy of every submission you have received from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs that argued for the creation of a Ministry of Men’s Affairs, so that men’s needs and rights could be measured, so that men’s needs and rights could have something done about them?

The point here is that Women’s Affairs is an example of what happens when you give women power: they are hypocritical, they use one argument in one context and the opposite argument in another context, and they act against the interests of men.

Since you continue to fund the Ministry of Women's Affairs, you are acting against the interests of men.

The Financial Markets Authority (to which NZX sent its proposal) is responsible to one of your Ministers. I hope that your government makes sure that the NZX proposal is thrown out by the Financial Markets Authority.

Apparently, NZX used the argument that women spend more money than men do, therefore more women need to be on boards. That does not follow, necessarily. Spending money is a form of power. It makes advertisers pander to you, and the advertisers’ money controls the media. Why do feminists always complain that men earn more than women, if it is women who are spending most of the money? What power does it give men to earn most of the money if it is the women who actually spend it?

To balance the spending power of women, their power over the media, their power in the education system (which is fast becoming a male-free environment), their power to harass anyone they don’t like from their domination of the receptionist and service-worker sector, etc., men should keep some levers of power. I could (and probably will) write a book about how women abuse whatever positions of power they have to pursue anti-male, feminist agendas, while mouthing the word “equality” from time to time.

Here is just one example, on the webpage: http://equality.coolpage.biz/pubenemy.html which shows a female police officer using taxpayer money to buy an advertisement which accuses men in general of various types of negative behaviours, while treating women as without fault:

 

 

Personally, I think that all you understand is votes. Therefore, if the NZX proposal goes ahead, I promise you that I will campaign for men to abstain at the next general election. Since you are apparently more popular amongst men than among women, if men abstain they can put you out of office, and the National Party may elect as Leader someone who is prepared to take men seriously. There is no point men voting for Act or the Conservatives, because that will just put you back in power in a “coalition” of some sort.

 

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