Now this is bound to make you smile. I’ve been awarded an AM in today’s Australia Day Honours list, which is a real thrill.
But take a look at my citation:
for “significant service to the community as a social commentator, and to gender equity through advocacy for men.”
Isn’t that marvellous?
As you can imagine, this is causing a bit of a stir. A press release with some of the interesting awards was released to the media a few days ago so they could organise coverage prior to the big day and whilst I’ve done some great interviews with Sky News, The Australian, Seven News etc, there’s naturally been a deadly silence from the ABC and some tricky conversations with Nine newspapers and The Guardian. I’ll be fascinated to see how they turn out, but it is very obvious some will use the occasion to take pot-shots at me. Turns out Nina Funnell and colleagues at New Matilda, have been working for two years on a hit piece about me, due to come out any time. Should be a lively few days!
Please send through any interesting commentary you notice in your local media. Someone I know is putting together a video on how this all pans out.
Anyway, I think it is all pretty exciting and I’m very grateful to whoever it was who made the effort to nominate me.
Just for fun we’re playing with the idea of producing some coffee cups, keep cups or drink bottles which feature my citation – which would also to help spread the word about what I am trying to do. See image above and attached. Please give me a yell if you’d be interested in purchasing this sort of merchandise – it would be useful to know if this is worth doing. A big thank you to the design team who produced the graphics for me and also updated my Facebook and other social media art.
We’ve also put together a little video, based around the welcome video we originally made for thinkspot – here.
I thought this might be good to have out there, telling people about the honour and explaining my work to people who don’t know me. Please help me spread the word. It’s only 90 seconds long – perfect for social media.
Kangaroo Court campaign
I see all this as a great opportunity for me to recruit more people to help with my current campaign to close down the illegal campus kangaroo courts. We are receiving very interesting responses from various universities and I have lawyers helping formulate appropriate replies. Please remember to send me any interesting answers you receive. We will be compiling a dossier of how the different universities are dealing with all this.
For anyone who needs convincing about the dangers of our campus kangaroo courts, have a look at this horrific case, where Columbia University is current being sued for hanging a young man out to dry, after deliberately ignoring evidence which would have exposed a false rape accusation. This one is a doozy. But young men are facing similar treatment on our own campuses
Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy your Australia Day weekend. Mine promises to be very special indeed.
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