A message from Bettina Arndt:
Some people reading this will be unhappy after the recent election result, but I feel Australian men have dodged a bullet in avoiding a Shorten government.
Many of Labor’s policies on gender issues were extremely alarming, starting with Shorten’s promise last year of “no more budgets for blokes.” There were so many issues where Labor was promoting further discrimination in favour of women. I was amused by Labor’s recent promise to introduce gender neutral resumes on job applications in the public service. Obviously, their policy advisers didn’t know the public service had already conducted research on gender neutral resumes. They assumed this would help women but, in fact, it was men who were advantaged by this move – proving there& #8217;s now systematic prejudice favouring women. So, the public service dropped the idea and was pretty funny to see it re-surface during this election.
Most frightening for me was Tanya Plibersek’s promise to remove funding from universities that failed to do more about the rape crisis, which meant bullying them into adjudicating rape cases on campus.
Of course, it’s true that the Coalition has also been very keen to kowtow to the feminists. I was disappointed last year when government ministers reached out to me seeking information about male victims of domestic violence but then caved into pressure from the domestic violence industry and awarded huge amounts of more funding only to female victims.
Perhaps the solid support the Coalition received from ‘quiet Australians’ will encourage the government towards more even-handed policies rather than pandering to the small, noisy feminist lobby. I was encouraged to see ScoMo on International Women’s Day saying that: “We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.” Maybe one day he will dare to name men as the group increasingly worse off.
Fed up with feminism speaking Tour
It’s been very frustrating not being able to work in past weeks due to the broken collarbone and ribs that resulted from my cycling accident. You’ll see me, complete with sling, in my next video, being posted sometime next week.
It has, however, given me a chance to think about what else I want to do this year. I’m continuing my campus tour and have talks at a number of universities coming up. It also looks like we’ll soon have a verdict on my complaint to Sydney University about the protests against me.
I’ve decided it may be a good time for me to also reach out to the quiet Australians, the men and women who have had enough of divisive gender politics. I’m proposing to do a fed up with feminism speaking tour, travelling widely, and encouraging ordinary people to get involved in achieving genuine equality.
I’m finding that there are women everywhere concerned about what is happening to men in Australia and feel there will be no problem in attracting audiences of older women worried about their adult sons, grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren, men and women everywhere who are alarmed about the demonisation of men. I’m pitching this particularly at women because it’s so hard to get men to come along to such things but women will often come in groups and bring men along too.
My plan is to use FanForce which is an organisation which usually enables people to screen movies in local areas but this time will be helping with my speaking tour. I used FanForce to organise screenings of Cassie Jaye’s movie “The Red Pill” two years ago, after feminists tried to ban it.
If you would like to host an event for me FanForce will help you find a local venue and teach you how to make it all happen. Ideally it would be best if you were part of a community group which could help publicise the event – it’s quite hard work getting bums on seats for these talks. But I will work with you to get local media coverage, as my main goal is to promote more community discussion of these issues.
Please contact me if you feel you like to be involved. I’ll provide more details as soon as they are available.