One of Duns's supporters described me as a 'bitch'.
I highlighted this as an example of women-hating, and went on to explore in more depth the evidence of Duns's sexism in articles he has written.
Duns has responded to my points. You can read his full answer below. On the 'bitch' point, he states that he cannot be held responsible for the comments of his followers. "The idea that I am responsible for what people who follow me on Twitter write is daft – after all, you follow me on Twitter. I don’t know the person who referred to you in the comments here as a ‘man’s bitch’ at all, but they thought you were Steve Roach, who is of course a man," writes Duns.
This is an extraordinary statement to make, and one that deserves to be exposed for the violent woman-hating nonsense it is.
Duns is publicly stating that it is acceptable to call people 'bitches' so long as they think they are a man (just as his loyal sidekick Steve Mosby, who has threatened me over this blog, thinks it is okay to call people 'cunts'). Why he thinks I am a man is very odd in itself, except that in Duns's world of right-wing, public school writers all women are either housewives or whores, not people with their own views. But leave that aside. Is it okay to call black people 'niggers' - if you happen to have mistakenly decided they are white. Of course not. It is a vile racist term. By the same token, 'bitch' is a vile sexist term.
'Bitch' is a word that is no longer acceptable in any circumstances.
Duns could have taken the opportunity to disown it. And yet his choice was to defend it.
That is morally repugnant.
But then Duns defends other writers who use it.
Duns has written extensively in praise of the book 'Casino Royale'. You can read one of his articles here.
The last line of that book (referring to the heroine Vesper Lynd) is this. "The bitch is dead now."
(there is a link here). In fact he refers to her as 'bitch' several times in the book (a link is here).
So Duns praises a book in which a women is described a 'bitch' without a word of criticism of that expression.
'Bitch' has become a word that symbolises male violence towards women.
Every day women are attacked and hurt because men like Duns promote a culture in which violence against women is seen as cool and acceptable.
It has to stop.