ABC Snobs Need Lessons in Manners ABC Snobs Need Lessons in Manners National Affairs Opinion SHARE Faye Wang , March 2, 2016 / 743 0 Without doubt, the feminazis raged with their red light of emotion about the sexist, offensive, demeaning, [insert every single synonym in the dictionary relating to victimisation] nature behind men opening doors for women, accusing Barnaby of dragging Australia back into the 1950s. There is definitely something wrong when a politician is scoffed for encouraging greater respect of women in light of domestic violence. During an episode of Q&A last year, a show characterised by its elitism and snobbishness, it is unsurprising that an answer from Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce would be met with an assailment of jeers from panellists and audience members-alike. This becomes only becomes disturbing when you realise what Mr Joyce actually said. Joyce called upon men to improve their manners as a way of tackling domestic violence. Only on Q&A would this get such a hideous response. Without doubt, the feminazis raged with their red light of emotion about the sexist, offensive, demeaning, [insert every single synonym in the dictionary relating to victimisation] nature behind men opening doors for women, accusing Barnaby of dragging Australia back into the 1950s. What started off being a reasonable suggestion that men should improve their manners for the sake of respect has been distorted, manipulated and twisted to somehow signify a neo-oppression of women is beyond the scopes and bounds of logic for real Australians. Real Australians in the New England electorate who hire and fire their local member at the ballot box. The intelligentsia would characterise giving up one’s seat to the elderly on a bus as ageist by implicitly mocking their inability to be fully in control of their body, bowing to a judge when entering the courtroom as a sign of draconian euro-centric suppression by elderly white males in wigs ironically enforcing hierarchal inequality, or simple peck on the cheek when greeting someone as an invasion of bodily privacy and integrity. It is simply ludicrous to characterise basic well-established manners beyond what their primary and only aim is – to show respect. Mr Joyce’s point of opening doors for women is simply stating that respect of women need to be cultivated from a young age. Through small gestures such as not swearing in front of women, young men learn to be more aware of their need to treat ladies in an appropriate manner, and although there are obviously many causal factors for domestic violence, this is a significant first step which will come a long way. The Q&A panel: where everyone gets a bit red in the face Another significant problem in the sea of criticisms which confronted Mr Joyce is that the left has yet again uncourteously excluded men from the conversation on domestic violence. Any attempt by a man to voice their opinion on this matter is met with ridicule without ever considering the significance of them participating in the discourse. In the case where proposals to solve domestic violence are only to lambaste half the population, how can this issue ever be solved! Only when men are seen as a mode to create positive change and make valuable contributions to debate and through actions will we see the societal shift required to eradicate domestic violence will the problem be solved. Opening doors for women is not a symbol of oppression, but a symbol of mutual respect and just plain, old, good manners.