Back in the early 1990s, when I lived in Sydney for two joyous years, Australia was so fabulously unreconstructed that it was widely joked the average Aussie man’s idea of foreplay was farting under the duvet.
In those halcyon days, retrograde alpha males like Crocodile Dundee were the men who men wanted to be, and women wanted to bed.
In many ways, lots of Australia is still living in that past. Huge and sparsely populated, it has large mining, farming and construction industries, and gay marriage is still illegal.
To most folk in the world, Australia is like an appendix or perhaps even a haemorrhoid. It’s down there somewhere, and you don’t usually pay it much attention, until it flares up. At which point, you simply cannot think of anything else.
That time is now.
Worse even than Justin Trudeau’s Canada, Australia – or, more specifically, its politically correct centre, Victoria – has become the world’s most troublesome SJW superstate.
Just last week, “feminist outrage” saw a movie about the men’s rights movement, called The Red Pill, banned from state capital Melbourne. A meagre 2,369 protesters bullied Palace Cinemas into dropping the movie, which was made by a feminist woman, Cassie Jaye.
On Wednesday, that prompted the Aussie edition of The Spectator to question ludicrous claims that Jaye is “the world’s most dangerous feminist”.
Think about that. Instead of choosing, say, Malala Yousafzai – a brilliantly dangerous feminist who declared war on the Taliban over their refusal to allow girls a basic education – they chose Cassie, for the crime of simply making a movie they haven’t even seen.
Incredulously, this stupidity doesn’t stop there. Not content with banning the movie, The Red Pill’s enemies wrote to immigration minister Peter Dutton, asking him to ban Cassie Jaye from even entering their country.
This censorious mind-rot might gain purchase, as Australian politics seems to be awash with MPs who deploy Tumblr buzzwords in Parliament.
In February, the Liberal Party’s Mitch Fifield was told by Labor Senator Katy Gallagher that he was “mansplaining”.
This Australian war on patriarchy came to global attention in February last year, when Tanveer Ahmed, a long-time ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women, was kicked out of the group. His crime? He dared to speak the truth: “Men are forgotten in the violence debate. Women are now more likely than ever to commit family violence against partners, children or relatives”.
Two days later, Labor politician Tim Watts demanded Ahmed’s resignation. In another Spectator piece called “Lynched by the feminist mob,” Ahmed describes how he was subjected to an “orgy of abuse and threats” from campaigners and journalists demanding his resignation – and White Ribbon capitulated.
So, a man who campaigned on violence against women for six years was sacked inside four days because he had the temerity to point out the truth that 2/5 of domestic violence attacks are perpetrated by women against men.
Yet this isn’t the worst of it.
In Victoria – the same state that banned The Red Pill – last month the government announced a $22million mandatory scheme to teach school children as young as six about the feminist-academic cod-science of “male privilege”.
Ignoring the irrefutable facts that men are 300% more likely to kill themselves than women, make up 96% of prisoners and 70% of the homeless, perform worse at every level of education and typically die five years younger than women, the curriculum states: “Being born a male, you have advantages — such as being overly represented in the public sphere — and this will be true whether you personally approve or think you are entitled to this privilege”.
Defending this lunacy, James Merino, Victoria’s state education minister, said: “It’s astounding anyone could think teaching our kids about respect for other people is a bad thing.”
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) November 4, 2016
Then there’s Australia’s hugely-divisive Safe Schools scheme, spearheaded by Marxist transgender Roz (formerly Ross) Ward, who in May was forced to resign as an advisor to the Victorian government after she labelled the Australian flag “racist”.
Safe Schools, couched as an LGBTI anti-bullying campaign that teaches gender fluidity to 11-year-old children, has been slammed as “compulsory gender-bending sex education,” and “destructive of the natural family”. Yet critics and concerned parents are, of course, shamed as “homophobic”.
Banning a movie is one thing.
But teaching children the toxic lie that boys are born lucky simply because they have a penis, that all men have the insidious potential to harm women (while completely ignoring violence against men), and claiming that traditional families are somehow corrosive to society is, to me, straight-up child abuse.
If a country were a face-palm, it would be Australia. The world needs to shine a bright, burning light on these dark goings-on Down Under. If this politically correct virus takes grip there, where will it spread to next?