'Let's Stop Man-Shaming': Claims It Has Muzzled Men
This man believes Australians have lost their sense of humour and should stop blaming men for all their problems.
What you need to know
- Conservative commentator Kevin Donnelly said all men shouldn't be blamed for the crimes of a few
- He said boys need 'strong' and 'masculine' role models
- Donnelly is writing a dictionary of 'politically correct' words
Academic and commentator Kevin Donnelly believes he is "very in touch" with everyday Australians. It's hard not to be sceptical about this claim, coming from a man who counts former prime minister Tony Abbott and radio shock jock Alan Jones as his mates.
Donnelly has written an entire book claiming political correctness in Australia has gone too far -- and whether or not you agree with him, he said sales of his book are going very well.
"The book is currently in its third print run," he told ten daily, claiming his sentiments have struck a chord with "regular Aussies".
Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and author of 'How Political Correctness Is Destroying Australia'. He is also the Director of the Education Standards Institute, and in 2014, was appointed by the Abbott government to review the Australian National Curriculum.
"My view is -- and that's why I wrote the book -- political correctness has become too domineering and too overpowering and it's censoring debate," he said.
Donnelly has openly talked about his working class upbringing, that included an alcoholic and at times violent father, to demonstrate his proximity to -- and understanding of -- power imbalance.
"To violate women, or to offend women, or to commodify them is totally unacceptable, it's wrong," he said.
Wait for the 'but'.
"But the pendulum has moved too far. Feminists, especially second and third wave feminists have become too vitriolic in their attacks on men and boys in particular."
He acknowledged that domestic and sexual violence assaults against women are "terrible," but said too often, commentary and news presented sweeping views of all men. Donnelly said this is unfair and failed to present a "balanced view".
"Men need a sense of maleness and masculinity. Boys need strong role models especially in primary school and when they are growing up. So lets stop man-shaming and lets acknowledge and celebrate that men do have positives and strengths," he said.
He's currently writing a dictionary of all 'PC' words
Manshaming has already made the cut, and he said he's added 'misandry' after the Sarah Hanson-Young and David Leyonhjelm controversy.
Greens senator Hanson-Young has confirmed she will sue Liberal Democrat counterpart Leyonhjelm for defamation over comments she said amounted to “slut-shaming”.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
"What the Senator [Leyonhjelm] said was offensive , I agree. And there's a word I discovered because of him, 'misandry', and I'm writing a book that's a politically correct dictionary which is a lot of fun and I just put in misandry."
Misandry refers to a dislike of, contempt for, or prejudice against men.
Donnelly claimed political correctness is infiltrating churches, schools and family life. He's a vocal critic of the Safe Schools program, as well as the current school curriculum.
"In the national curriculum -- and we spent a year looking at it -- the national curriculum is very politically correct about the environment, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific perspective, and Christianity is airbrushed from history," he said.
"I'm all in favour or balance and debate, but the reality is in school education, it has been totally lost. That objectivity and balance is gone."
Donnelly claimed everyday conversations and interactions are closely scrutinised by what he refers to as the "thought-police" and the "cultural-left."
He said it was impossible to engage in debate without offending somebody's gender, sexuality, ethnicity, physical appearance or social background.
"It's got to be balanced here and quite frankly people have lost their sense of humor."
The author even claimed backlash and outrage is so severe, some conservative commentators actually fear for their lives at times.
"[Bill] Leak the cartoonist was harangued, and I know of some conservative journalists who have had to move house because of threats. This is a problem."