The Women’s Collective decide that it is time for a woman to head a major French company and the film explains how they go about it. And then from Australia, Bettina Arndt on Men’s Sheds:
About the story, she writes:
Women are everywhere now. We’ve forced our way into all the workplaces, into the army’s fighting forces, into all men’s organisations, into the pubs. Everywhere you look there are women.
But there was one place that men were safe and that was in men’s sheds. Traditionally in Australia many men had sheds up in their backyard where they could retreat to do their own thing. It led to a Men’s Shed movement across Australia – over 1000 sheds now, particularly attracting older, retired men who come together and support each other. A vital mental health measure given that these older men are the group most at risk of suicide in the country.
But guess what? Women are pushing our way into the sheds too. There are sheds across the country coming under pressure to allow women members and amazingly some have caved in. I recently spent a few days talking to men in sheds for a YouTube video, finding out what’s going on here.
It turns out women are being allowed in the door due to a bunch of virtue-signalling men who willingly sell out other males in order to win brownie points from the ladies. They don’t believe in what men’s sheds are supposed to be all about – that special male companionship that comes from men doing things together, working on projects and enjoying banter and secret men’s talk. They don’t believe men are more likely to share their problems when with other men who get where they are coming from, who know what it’s like to face a broken marriage or prostate cancer.
There’s a good bloke up at Kur-ring-gai called Kevin Callinan who is chairman of the peak body representing men’s sheds, The Australian Men’s Sheds Association. He worked for seven years to set up his local shed but Kevin comes from a background in equity in the workplace. He believes in “inclusiveness” and hence calls his thriving shed simply “The Shed” and women are welcome.
Kevin is a man who doesn’t believe there’s anything special about male culture. “There is to a certain extent but it’s not the be all and end all. I would more prefer a broader mix of society.” When asked whether it changes male culture to include women he said. “It does change male culture – for the good.”
Yet you hear something very different if you talk to most blokes in the Men’s Sheds movement.
“What do you think of women in men’s sheds?” I asked a man from the Kincumber Shed, on the NSW Central Coast. “Ugly!” was his response.
“If women ever came into this shed I would be out the door,” said another.
Many believe the men allowing women into their sheds for cosy “inclusive” little craft sessions are selling out other men – and they are part of a far bigger problem.
There are many men in leadership positions see it in their interests to brown-nose to the ladies rather than stick up for men. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lies about women’s role in family violence blaming the whole problem on men. Men running corporations, our bureaucracies are falling over themselves to institute policies favouring women. Our laws are tilted to favour women victims. The men running our universities promote a fake rape crisis and ignore the increasingly failure rates for male students. And so it goes on.
Men involved in the Men’s Shed movement need to take action to protect these male sanctuaries that enrich the spirit and even save the lives of some men. Come on men – grow a pair and stand up for men!
UPDATE: The article and the video are now posted on the website of The Australian where you can see the comments that have been posted. The top eleven comments from the top downwards:
Didn’t see any women at the caravan dump point emptying their van toilet waste. No fight for equality there.
Many men have spent their whole lives being the breadwinner of the family with support from their wives, now along come all these screaming shrews telling them they have no right to spend time on their own away from women, being told they have no self worth of their own without the women in their lives, they have no value except to continue to allow women to interfere in their own personal space, and who is driving this? not the women they love and have worked with their entire life, no, they have these screaming, know nothing, semi educated social justice warriors who have almost zero life experience trying to tell these hard working men how to live their lives. And now they also have to put up with traitors in their own ranks bending over and allowing it to happen, pathetic.
The world used to be run by alpha males. Sadly now, the alfalfa males have sold out to the females in the hope that they may smile on them instead. The result is that feelings have usurped logic in our decision making. How else did we end up with windmills for power?
I will know we have reached full inclusiveness when I can join a Fernwood Gym.
We need more women like you Bettina. Men have lost their voice because they allow leadership roles to be taken over by cringing PC zealots, who back in the day would have been put in their place or on their backside.
Wasn’t the whole idea of this Men’s Shed movement that men needed a place where they could get together and share the challenges of later life, something badly missing from society today? To admit women would totally defeat the object, which would then be what exactly? This seems to buy into the current fashionable theory that there are no fundamental differences between men and women, which is thought to be totally wrong out in the real world, and rather supported by biology. But, let them go ahead and test the inclusive theory by seeing how many men continue to use these facilities when their very purpose and very nature is changed.
We now have selective equality where men are forced to be inclusive but women can be selective about involving men in their organisations (e.g. Fernwood Gyms)! What a farce! Men need to stand up for themselves and their segregation.
Kevin Cullinan is misguided. I hope the men in his area whose needs are not being met by “The Shed” evventually set up their own Men’s Shed to get back to the original idea of mutual support and sharing men’s culture.
The issue really doesn’t seem to be women demanding to be given “equal access” to the exclusive men’s club of the work-shed, but male snags — what Bettina aptly calls virtue-signallers, brown-nosers, and most damningly of all, Turnbull-types (please no!) — who paternalistically want to drag women into the sheds, willing or not, in order to posture as PC pious. However, this is not a new or fringe phenomenon. From the word go the feminists have owed their ascent to dictatorial ascendancy not to ordinary, natural women, whom they loathe and who despise them, but to urinal-rejecting fail-males of the species Bettina is spotlighting.
About 25 years ago, being community-minded, I joined Apex which was, at that time, a service club for males aged between 18 and 40. And it was terrific. The fellowship with a bunch of good mates was great and we enjoyed raising funds for service projects, fixing up the homes and yards of elderly widows, maintaining our “Apex park” – all that sort of thing. My wife understood my desire to help the community and tolerated my absence from the family home – and our six kids, whom she stayed home looking after. But I can tell you this – my wife would have flat-out refused to go along with Apex – had it been mixed gender. She would have refused to put up with me taking time out of the family to mix socially elsewhere in a group that included women, while she stayed home with the kids. And rightly so – I agree with her completely. Apex is now disappearing and long ago both raised the retiring age and allowed women to join as well. There is no way I could join Apex today. What was a friendly all-male environment has been compromised and twisted into something completely different.
Nice Bettina, you are one in a million.