21/11/2012 11:35 GMT | Updated 21/11/2012 11:52 GMT

Women 'Incapable' Of Becoming Bosses At Work, Steve Moxon Tells Parliamentary Committee

Women are biologically unfit to rise to the top in business, according a self-described academic speaking before an influential parliamentary committee.

Steve Moxon, author of 'The Woman Racket', appeared at the business select committee on Wednesday as part of an inquiry into "women in the workplace".

Moxon, ranked one of the ten most powerful people in 'men's rights' by website 'theantifeminist', was dropped as a UKIP candidate in local elections for expressing sympathy with Norwegian mass-killer Anders Breivik on his blog earlier this year, and has also described claims against Jimmy Savile as "hysteria".

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Steve Moxon is ranked as one of the 10 most powerful people in 'men's rights'

Giving evidence to the committee he said males were in a "dominant hierarchy" from toddlerhood.

“You can pretend that the sexes are all the same but if you go looking ... females form what is generally dubbed a personal network," he said.

“There’s no surprise that women have difficulty in the work place, not only do they have difficulty but they don’t want to be there in the first place!” he said.

He then claimed that the gender pay gap should be bigger, telling MPs "there must be referencing for it to be as small as it is."

A business committee spokesperson told The Huffington Post UK: "From the written evidence submitted the committee wanted to hear a broad range of opinions."

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Moxon claimed that the gender pay gap should be bigger

In his written submission to the inquiry, Moxon suggests women may not even want "to climb the workplace hierarchy", adding that the push toward gender equality risked producing discrimination "against men."

A business committee source suggested they wanted to hear from all views to avoid any criticism when the inquiry reports. "We're conducting an evidence based inquiry," they told The Huffington Post UK. "We want there to be absolutely no suggestion that we haven't taken into account a broad range of views."

Laura Bates, of the Everyday Sexism project, told The Huffington Post UK: "There's a big difference between taken into account the opinion of people with a broad range of backgrounds and views and taking into account the opinions of someone who has expressed views which sound prejudicial.

"It's concerning they should be seeking out the view of someone who has openly expressed these opinions and demonstrated that he is prejudiced against women as a gender, as we are currently seeing women battling inequality in business specifically."