News that a university lecturers’ union has banned straight, white men from attending their equality conferences in a bid to create “safe spaces” is deeply depressing.
Surely UCU can see the irony of hosting an equality conference where – as George Orwell wrote – some are more equal than others?
One cannot deny the privileges that straight, white men have in today’s society.
We live in a world where women effectively work for nothing from November 9 until December 31 because men in full-time work continue to earn 14 per cent more than their female counterparts.
Britain is a country where less than one in 10 CEOs are women in FTSE 100 companies.
Ethnic minorities are still underrepresented in parliament.
These are all issues which desperately need addressing.
However, excluding straight, white men from taking part in these conferences completely undermines their point.