All The Times Philip Davies Undermined His Arguments For International Men’s Day

This – again, from today’s Times article – is flat wrong. According to the Prison Reform Trust there is “no evidence” women are treated more leniently than men in the justice system, but experts are cautious about making direct comparisons between the genders, because…

  • Female prisoners are more likely to be primary carers

  • Female offenders are more likely to be coerced in to crimes: 48% reported committing offences to support someone else’s drug habit, compared to 22% of male ones

  • 8% of women have positive employment prospects once they leave jail, versus 27% of men

..all of which may be taken into account when issuing sentences.

Despite this: 

  • Female offenders with no priors are jailed 22% of the time; for men that figure is 12% 

  • In 2014 guards doled out 137 punishments per 100 female prisoners but only 105 for every 100 male ones

This ‘feminist zealots’ gaffe:

Earlier this year Davies told a men’s rights conference that “feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it”.

The conference was run by an outfit called Justice for Men and Boys – which runs a “lying feminist of the month” contest on its website.

This incident of “mansplaining”:

During the International Men’s Day debate today Davies accused Joanna Cherry QC of not reading her brief  – and was accused of “mansplaining” by the SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.

He also complained about the part-time gender pay gap, telling the Commons that “in part-time work, women get paid 6% more than men”. (He did not mention that overall, women still earn 18% less than men). 

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