A men’s rights activist whose own mother was shot and murdered by her husband has insisted he doesn’t believe women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence.
German-born Philipp Tanzer, 42, who lives in Durness, Scotland, identifies as part of the ‘Manosphere’ – a loosely connected collection of groups around the world who fight for men’s rights and all believe that males are at a disadvantage in society.
Appearing on BBC Three documentary ‘I Am A Men’s Rights Activist’, Tanzer, a former soldier and porn star who now works as a barber, revealed he doesn’t believe government statistics that show women are almost twice as likely to be victims of domestic abuse as men.
German-born Philipp Tanzer (pictured) , 42, is a former porn-star who currently lives in Durness, Scotland and is part of the ‘Manosphere’ a group who think males are the ones disadvantaged in society
Philip’s own mother was shot and murdered by her abusive husband while on the phone to him, however despite this he still thinks that feminism is a ‘problem’
Tanzer, who believes men and women are equally oppressed, explained his views were not altered despite the distressing and abusive circumstances surrounding his mother’s death.
‘My mother lived for three years with her second husband in South Africa, but there was a horrific moment of domestic violence where he beat her really badly,’ Tanzer said.
‘She ran away and knew she had to leave him, she had already booked her flight back to Germany. On the phone to my mum, I heard her talking to someone in the background.
‘I heard how she was hit and my brother took the phone and he heard three shots and then within half an hour we got the news that my mother and her husband were dead. So he shot her and then himself.’
Appearing on BBC Three documentary ‘I Am A Men’s Rights Activist’, he argues that both genders are equally as oppressed in society
Despite his tragic past, he says he ‘doesn’t believe’ government statistics on domestic violence, which say women are more likely to be victims of abuse than men
Accompanied by journalist Alvaro Alvarez, Tanzer travelled to a men’s rights conference in Chicago, where the issue of false domestic violence statistics was brought up.
A speaker argued that men were more likely to be victims of domestic abuse. The point was challenged by Alvarez, who pointed to UK Government statistics.
‘You have to look into the study and how the study was concluded’, responded Philip, ‘I do not believe this statistic and I don’t believe the statistics that were heard just now.’
Another controversial moment in the documentary saw Philip clash with a woman who visited his art gallery and hairdressing salon, after he questioned whether women should automatically have the right to vote
He also claimed feminism is a societal ‘problem’ because it makes it more difficult for men to seek help.
Philip said: ‘When I first joined the men’s right’s movement, I said why do you constantly fight against feminism?
‘And then I realised that they really are part of the problem because they perpetuate a narrative which prevents men from getting help.’
The documentary saw Philip attend a men’s rights conference in Chicago, where a speaker argued that men were more likely to be victims of domestic abuse
Philip says feminists ‘really are part of the problem because they perpetuate a narrative which prevents men from getting help’. Picured, a pamphlet on feminism at a men’s rights conference in Chicago
He said: ‘The right to vote in America came with the duty to serve the country, going into the military and you could question should everybody then have the same responsibilities.’
After the anonymous visitor groaned and started to storm out, Philip urged her to ‘challenge’ his opinion, and later argued that her view may have been different had she listened to his argument.
Philip had moved to Scotland seven years ago, after spending three years in the military and then the porn industry, where he went by the name ‘Logan McCree’.
The former porn star he told the harrowing story of how at the age of 16, his mother was shot dead by her second husband while Philipp and his brother were on the phone to her
Speaking of his time in the military, he said: ’I noticed real problems in society when it came to men. Almost all of my comrades from the military lost their children in custody battles and it really destroyed some of them emotionally.’
He argued that while women have historically been oppressed, men have also suffered hardship – and feels that men don’t ‘get the same attention’ as women in society.
’I think that women were oppressed in situations and I think that men were oppressed in situations’, he said.
He went on: ‘I think girls get alot of support in society, like girl power you can do it that’s great but as boys don’t get the same attention as girls. I really want to show them what they can do’.
He was seen chatting with Graham Goulden, a former police officer who founded Cultivating Minds UK and is invested in helping boys and young men fulfil their potential, where he argued that ‘feminism is a problem’
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