Caroline Criado-Perez is the professional whine merchant behind such pathetic campaigns as ‘women on banknotes’. She appears with monotonous regularity in the mainstream media, often complaining of efforts to silence her. She personally gets considerably more mainstream media coverage – globally – than all the world’s men’s human rights advocates collectively. I wish I, along with other MHRAs, was silenced as much as CC-P.
In June 2013 I was interviewed at length (45 minutes) on BBC Three Counties Radio about the issue of women on boards, and related matters. CC-P called in and we had a lengthy discussion (16:09 – 35:05 on the audio file, link below). At 18:17 she made the following demonstrably inaccurate claim, after I’d explained about five longitudinal studies which show that increasing the proportion of women on corporate boards leads to financial decline:
I would like to pick up the idea of longitudinal studies if I could. Actually, there are many longitudinal studies that would say the opposite.
I immediately challenged her, but she soon moved onto another topic, and of course the white knight interviewer didn’t challenge her.
A few days after the programme I publicly challenged CC-P about her inaccurate claim, and 10 months on we still haven’t had a response. I felt it was about time we had one. Shortly after midday yesterday, I posted a message on the comment form at her modestly-named website http://carolinecriadoperez.com. From her website I learned that – bizarrely, for a woman who’s every bit as miserable as Laura Bates of The Everyday Whining Project – she’d appeared in ‘The Happy List’, a list of 100 people prepared by the left-leaning Independent on Sunday last year. An online article about the list starts with the following (seriously, I haven’t made this up):
Today, The Independent on Sunday publishes its sixth annual Happy List, naming 100 outstanding people whose volunteering, caring, fundraising, mentoring, charity founding or selflessness makes Britain a more contented, supportive, better-adjusted and happier place.
A link to the article:
The note I posted on the contact form on CC-P’s website yesterday:
Caroline, good afternoon. I hope this finds you well.
You may recall you made an inaccurate statement when calling into a BBC Three Counties Radio programme on which I was being interviewed at length last year. I publicly challenged you to retract that statement (link below) and you’ve never responded to that challenge. To refresh your memory, I suggest you scroll down to the audio file (and a link to our public challenge) dated 7 June 2013:
I invite you to apologise for making the misleading statement, and to retract it, before the end of April, otherwise you’ll become next month’s ‘Lying Woman of the Month’ award winner on 1 May. Feel free to send the apology and retraction to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll do a short blog piece with your text. I should much prefer that you do the honourable and adult thing – to apologise and to retract your statement – than issue you with the award. Hopefully you’ll find five minutes at some point in the next 25 days to do so.
Kat Banyard was the inaugural winner of this award, having failed to retract a claim she’d made on ‘Channel 4 News’, concerning the frequency with which schoolgirls suffer sexual harassment.
Have a nice day.
JUSTICE FOR MEN & BOYS
(and the women who love them)
I hadn’t the slightest intention of putting this message into the public arena. I wanted her to act like an adult with integrity, a ridiculous ambition, I know, but hope springs eternal. Her whiny and emotive responses made me change my mind. Earlier today, rather than contact me privately by email, she posted four messages addressed to me on her Twitter account in the space of just four minutes:
@MikeBuchanan11 since you don’t seem to understand police warnings, I’ll try a clearer tack: DO NOT EVER CONTACT ME AGAIN. Reported again.
I’ve never received a police warning in my life – I have a new Police Certificate by way of proof, obtained as part of my visa application for my travel to Detroit in June – so is she simply mistaken in thinking I’ve had one in relation to her? Did she make a complaint to the police about my previous polite messages, and she thinks they have nothing better to do than follow up every whiny little complaint she makes to them? Is she narcissistic? Delusional? Her next messages:
@MikeBuchanan11 and award me whatever pathetic little prize you want. I literally couldn’t give a fuck what you choose to waste your time on.
@MikeBuchanan11 but I do care when I have to waste my time ensuring your dullard emails go to spam. 30mins of my life I’ll never get back.
@MikeBuchanan11 So, in summary, continue your pointless obsessions, but DO NOT CONTACT ME. Hope this gets through your thick skull.
This is priceless. It feels like being attacked by a petulant foot-stomping little child, the same feeling I had on the only occasion I met Laura Bates, when she stormed out of a BBC Radio studio. CC-P appears to be giving me her permission to continue my ‘pointless obsessions’ – could she be referring to my battle against her hate-driven female supremacy ideology, I wonder? She then orders me NOT TO CONTACT HER as though – being a woman – she has the automatic power to order any man around. Hmm. How might that work out with me? She really should check her privilege. Later today I’ll be nominating her for next month’s ‘Entitlement Princess of the Month’ award. In the meantime, here’s her ‘Lying Woman of the Month’ award certificate:
It’s awarded for May 2014, still three weeks away, but as L’Oreal might say:
She’s worth it.