Brief report from the battle zone. Silly me, thinking that an honours award would be a time for celebration.
Instead the mob is trying to have me deplatformed, as my enemies seize the moment attempting to tear me from limb to limb. I’m waiting for them to dig up some teenage boy from my distant past who will swear that I groped him, without his enthusiastic consent, in the back seat of an FJ Holden in Canberra’s pine forests.
It’s funny how many people have sent messages pointing out that this mighty flak must mean I am over the target. My work is clearly making a difference, highlighting the plight of men and boys which is why the shrinking group of feminist activists is engaged in a blood-crazed feeding frenzy seeking to silence me. It’s really a great tribute.
One thing is for sure. Any successful man who’s had a long career will now think twice about accepting an award, with feminists so determined to dig for dirt to discredit anyone who has ever challenged their orthodoxies. But we must not let them win. Many more of us need to take a stand and refuse to be intimidated.
Our captured media
It’s been quite extraordinary watching our mainstream media happily promoting Nina Funnell’s dirt campaign against me, with no attempt to verify sources or question the fairness or accuracy of her accusations. The latest example, published at the weekend, was this nasty serve from David Penberthy, The Australian’s SA correspondent. The article is behind a paywall.
Penberthy is married to former Labor MP Kate Ellis, who during her brief time as a Minister including as Minister for Women, poured funding into the usual feminist coffers, supporting campaigns which demonize men. She’s long been publicly attacking me. See her tweet the day after my award was announced. It’s hardly a coincidence that Penberthy was previously editor of news.com.au, which published the most ferocious Funnel attacks on me. How come News Corp doesn’t require him to acknowledge his conflict of interest?
You may remember that Funnell attempted defamation action against me some years ago, but my wonderful defender, the eminent QC Tony Morris, sent a shot across her bows and she backed off. In recent weeks she’s used her team of feminist lawyers to threaten any media source that gives me a voice, particularly if I highlight her campaign.
Luckily overseas media has noticed the kerfuffle and interviews with me should soon appear in a number of important publications, including spiked-online, and Quillette. And I loved this sterling defence published in Penthouse.
Any publicity is good publicity?
The great irony is that the mudslinging is leading many people to discover my work who knew nothing about me before. Over the past two to three weeks I have received many, many hundreds of emails of support. Including emails from women like this:
Great stuff, Bettina! I have been waiting and waiting for someone like you to come along and expose the vilification of men.
“I deeply appreciate the work you are doing on behalf of men in the gender discussions. I have three sons who are both strong and gentle, and always decent. They each have daughters and sons who are being raised to be respectful of each other. The current public discourse on masculinity troubles me greatly and I am grateful for your efforts to balance the ledger.”
It’s been really exciting to have so many people stop me in the streets telling me they applaud my efforts. And thank you to the many people who are sending financial support, including some extremely generous donors.
Back to work – stopping those kangaroo courts.
Many of you are helping with my campaign to make sure the universities get out of the business of investigating and adjudicating rape. In the past few weeks we have had over 15 universities respond to the detailed letters we sent out, which ask how they propose to deal with the Queensland Supreme Court’s decision that these kangaroo courts are illegal.
The responses were most revealing, ranging from gobsmackingly arrogant to dismissive and banal. Most universities sidestepped the key issues we raised and refused to supply answers to our list of questions, most particularly about whether their procedures offer proper legal protections to the accused.
My team of lawyers, which includes an eminent retired judge, is planning our next strategy, which may include further questions which we will ask you to send back to those universities. We will certainly be putting together a publication exposing how they are dealing with this issue. There is no way we are going to let them off the hook.
That’s it for now. Sorry I am having such trouble responding to all the correspondence I am receiving. Will keep ploughing through it, but I really want to get on with my real work. I have a very exciting video coming up for you soon.
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