Over the past year, millions of women and men alike around the world have marched for the rights of women.
In 2017, the rise of the MeToo movement placed international attention on the way women are treated in the workplace and greater society, with many encouraging men to change their ways and attitude towards women.
Closer to home, marches have been organised following the brutal rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon, with many, including Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, declaring that men need to change their behaviour, rather than women taking more precautions when it comes to their safety.
While many have praised the moves, they have also sparked backlash. Female blogger Sydney Watson appeared on 2GB radio with Ben Fordham on Thursday where she argued the movements against men simply aren’t fair. As such, she’s organised a Men’s March to fight for the rights of men. The march is a way of hitting back against what she has described as “an assault on men”.
“After some things happened here in Melbourne, there was a lot of media coverage, and a lot of the talking heads were saying things that were just really disgusting about men collectively,” Watson explained. “For me personally, I just found it to be reprehensible and appalling that people would collectively lump men for the behaviour of some men.”
She said that men need to be needed in society and that the community continues to push men away. Meanwhile, Fordham called Andrews’ statement about men “broad brushed” and said that he would step in to defend a woman if he saw her getting attacked.
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Watson said most men in society are good people with families who care deeply about women and that it was sad a small portion of criminals ruined it for everyone. She also said men’s issues aren’t seen in the same way as women’s issues. Equally, she said there are women in society who don’t respect men and that different genders are held to different standards.
Still, she said the point of the march wasn’t to hate on women, but that men’s rights and issues need to be talked about and that it’s really about making both genders equal. In a video shared to her YouTube page, Watson said a lot of men and women felt upset they couldn’t support men without being judged by others and urged Australians to rally together for masculinity, for men’s rights and to demonstrate that men matter too.
“I invite any man or any woman who cares about the men in their life, and just men generally in this country to come along, stand together and just show men that they matter,” she said.