Earlier this week, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes backed discussion of the “anti-sexual harassment movement” #MeToo in classrooms. Well, that’s how SBS described it. Insert your own definition as appropriate.
And that is entirely my point.
What is the message of the #MeToo movement – and how precisely is Stokes suggesting teachers distil it?
Imagine if there was a buzzing new political movement, which had snowballed over several months and was morphing into an unpredictable trail of destruction.
Picture infighting already tearing it apart.
Would that be swiftly added to the school curriculum too as a living, breathing, currently evolving un-named beast?
Would it be neatly packaged and taught as a social revolution before anyone even knew what it was?
The ‘in-party fighting’ has come from Australian feminist Germaine Greer. She may not have been on your list of expected critics.
“If you spread your legs because he [Harvey Weinstein] said, ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that,” she told Sydney Morning Herald.
So, here we have Greer, an influential long-term feminist, slamming on the brakes. Meanwhile, Stokes showing, yet again, that no politician fully grasps the damage that divisive feminism is causing in society.
Greer said, “In the old days, there were movies – the Carry On comedies, for example – which always had a man leering after women. And the women always outwitted him – he was a fool. We weren’t afraid of him and we weren’t afraid to slap him down.”
So, where are the fearless female politicians to stand up to this mess? Crickets.
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