Fed Up with Feminism: the Recent Australian Election. By Bettina Arndt.
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’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.
via John Ray