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The Great Feminist Reset
Our gender transformation is well underway
As the culmination of a long and troubling year, it seems appropriate to round off the endless calamities by marveling at the extraordinary audacity of Australian feminists who are leading the world in their outstanding achievements in remaking our society. Their goals are far from modest, aiming for nothing less than a “gender transformative” program for “social, cultural and structural and systemic change”. This includes actively challenging “dominant forms and patterns of masculinity that operate at and across structural, systemic, organizational, community, interpersonal and individual levels of society”. Phew!
That’s quite an ask. “No one’s ever tried to change the gender norms, structures and practices in a society at population level before”, boasts Dr Emma Partridge, one of the women responsible for setting up this lofty goal. She’s a key member of the cabal controlling this entire operation, a neat little unit with the sinister title Our Watch.
Our Watch was originally set up as the engine room for the government’s massive $3 billion decade-long campaign to reduce domestic violence against women. Yet Partridge and her colleagues have cleverly performed a neat sidestep claiming this isn’t possible without “primary prevention,” by which they mean remaking society.
I’ve written before about the sleight of hand they use to justify their claim that tackling domestic violence requires reducing gender inequality. There is obscure international research which tries to make this connection but this doesn’t stack up – as is nicely demonstrated in this video showing former Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm grilling feminist bureaucrats in Senate Estimates. For an excellent summary of the abundant research on this issue, see the submission from oneinthree.com to the Senate inquiry into domestic violence (pp15-17).
Despite this paper-thin foundation, the premise that domestic violence is all about respect for women is now prevailing wisdom, thanks to the control of the feminist movement over mainstream media, as well as most government institutions and key organizations across the country.
That’s what is extraordinary about Our Watch. This small organization, using their modest little $12 million annual take from feminism’s huge cash cow, blatantly crows about how effectively they have spread their tentacles into every aspect of our society, controlling a mighty industry aimed at gender transformation.
Naturally, that means talk of quotas, targets, any number of strategies to worm more women into traditionally male-dominated areas. Our Watch’s sticky fingers were all over the final report from the House of Representatives Inquiry into the National Plan for Violence Against Women, which recommended all sorts of gender “equality” initiatives, like:
· Courses in schools to improve financial literacy – but only for girls.
· Initiatives to upskill and reskill people in STEM – but only for women.
· Programs to increase digital literacy – excluding men and boys.
As you might gather, their view of what’s needed to address gender inequality has nothing to do with a level playing field– rather, according to Our Watch, it requires “the redistribution of power, resources and responsibilities between men and women.”
Pretty radical stuff, eh? Not according to the leaders of most of our major institutions who seem unable to resist the ongoing feminist push. Already, under Our Watch’s skillful guidance, each year thousands of employees in large commercial organizations like Linfox and Aurizon, as well as not-for-profits and government agencies including local councils and police services, are being required to suffer through re-education programs teaching them about the evils of male privilege and toxic masculinity.
Marching through the institutions
That’s not half of it. In 2020 Our Watch published a document, Tracking Progress in Prevention, attempting to survey the huge network of feminists all beavering to promote their noble cause. They surveyed over 2000 people, acknowledging that this excludes many other equally committed souls, and found about half their sisters are funded by state and federal government departments, but a quarter acknowledged they do the work without any targeted funding. Touching thought, isn’t it? All those femocrats paid to do other jobs yet secretly devoting themselves to this critical social engineering.
The progress report is a revelation, revealing in glorious detail the full manifesto of this Great Feminist Reset of our society. There’s nothing off limits for this mob. Midst a huge list of legislative changes claimed to support gender equality they include “removal of GST from feminine hygiene products”. They demand “artists of all genders are equally represented in major Australian newspapers reviews and awarded equal prize monies within their industries.”
They are busily monitoring us to ensure we have the prescribed social attitudes, celebrating a slight drop in the number of people claiming women need children to be fulfilled, but complaining that one in seven men display an alarming sense of sexual entitlement because they see themselves as “a great catch”.
And they are not at all impressed when, despite their efforts, not all the great unwashed believe their propaganda. They describe as a “disturbing backlash” the fact that 40% of Australians “deny the continued persistence of gender inequality” by agreeing that “many women exaggerate how unequally women are treated in Australia”.
They are even more alarmed by data showing that in 2017 less than half people surveyed believed that women experience greater fear of domestic violence than men, and almost half believed that the level of fear is equal for women and men. “This represents a drop of 6 percentage points in the proportion of Australians who recognise the gendered nature of fear of domestic violence since 2009,” grumbles Our Watch, adding there has also been an 8% decline in the proportion of Australians who believe that women suffer greater physical impacts than men from domestic violence, from 89% in 2009 to 81% in 2017. The apparatchiks are distinctly miffed that their propaganda war is encountering some resistance.
It's no wonder they have decided to double down, announcing in their latest policy framework that they “must engage people not just on a one-off basis, but in multiple, mutually reinforcing ways over the course of their lives.” This starts by targeting pregnant women in order to better mould their children!
Our Watch is intent on winning more friends in the right places, boasting of “developing relationships with senior political advisers and government officials” and naturally they put heavy emphasis on the need to drive public debate through influencing the media and communications/social marketing campaigns.
Take a look at the Stop it at the Start campaign, which they claim as their “signature” primary prevention campaign which aims to “reset young people’s attitudes.” That means showing horrid, abusive boys tormenting little girls by pelting them with tennis balls. Mean fathers berating their sons for playing football like a girl. Jealous, threatening boyfriends. Mothers dismissing rowdy boys with, “It’s just boys being boys.”
Endless blah, blah, blah, cringe-worthy feminist messages but never one word about violent girls, or dangerous vicious mothers. It’s all about teaching boys to be ashamed of being male and convincing girls that they are victims and boys the enemy.
Note this little gem of a campaign had an $8 million budget from the Commonwealth plus more funding from the states. Like most of their work, the cost doesn’t come out of the Our Watch budget – they are just the driver of the show.
The main game is school indoctrination
Early childhood education is top of the list of Our Watch’s priorities. They produced the content for the infamous Respect Matters program which hit the headlines last year when boys were forced to stand and apologise for being male. But despite this adverse publicity, the feminists are having no problem getting their latest course into schools Australia wide. “There have been fantastic high-level commitments to make changes to curriculum and to syllabus,” applauds Cara Gleeson, one of the Our Watch cabal, which simply sets the agenda while our states line up to roll out the money.
“My son came home from school today and told me that all the Year 10 boys were called to an assembly and made to sit through a ‘power to end violence against women’ lecture. I have the booklet he was given and I'm furious. It's full of half-truths, orphan statistics and blatant lies,” writes a dad from South Australia.
“A group of students is talking loudly in the presence of a teacher. They are heard stating, ‘It wasn’t that bad, it was only rape, it’s not like it’s murder.’” This scenario was presented to students at the Senior Consent class held this year in a Victorian school, one of many similar stories demonizing males. The alarmed father who sent me the course content has written a letter to the school, asking that students are presented with less biased material, but he is nervous: “I think I will be socially persecuted if I say anything publicly that is not supporting it. I am a scout leader and worry this would create problems.”
I receive a constant stream of similar letters from concerned parents all over Australia who object to the blatant anti-male propaganda shaming boys in our schools – which I have discussed many times.
“Give me a child till he is seven years old, and I will show you the man,” said Jesuits’ founder, St Ignatius Loyola. And show you the woman. Even more important for these determined ideologues is grooming future generations of committed feminists, to take up the mantle and continue the good work of gender transformation.
It’s been happening in Australia for decades. And while we sit back and let them get away with it, it is our sons, and their sons who will ultimately pay the price.