Pinning tits on the bull

About ten days ago it was reported that US combat simulations showed that it would lose a war to China by 2030.

2030 is ten years away. That’s not a long time and the first of our new $50 billion subs won’t even be wet by then.

Yet five days ago the Royal Australian Navy responded to this alarming and ‘eye-opening’ finding by asking sailors to study ‘Gender, Peace and Security’ at Monash University in Victoria.

So I guess it’s safe to say that if all hell does break loose in the Pacific, either now or in the next decade, the Royal Australian Navy will be of no use to anyone at all. But it will be able to tell the Americans why their sinking aircraft carriers are symbols of the patriarchy.

This won’t be the fault of the brave and patriotic sailors who have signed up to serve this nation. It will be the fault of their admirals who are still sculling the PC cool-aid.

Basically, and I mean no offence to those busy studying gender theory at the moment, the Navy is beavering away pinning tits on a bull while the entire global security order is being revolutionised.

You can read all about the Navy’s latest PC fiasco below:

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security costs a cool $12,100. Defence will shoulder this cost (thanks to the taxpayer) and I’m sure Chairman Dan also extends his gratitude on behalf of the Chinese Dictator for this vote of confidence in a Victorian education.

There are two units in this course.

Gender, security and conflict draws upon feminist theorising in international relations, security studies and global political economy to provide a thorough gendered critique of the theory and practice across the areas of conflict and security.

And Gender-based policy and planning introduces students to innovative established and new methodologies for generating evidence and developing evidence-based policies that are gender-sensitive, gender-inclusive and gender-responsive.

The course is overseen by two highly qualified academics, Professor Jacqui True and Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo. Naturally, because both of these people identify as feminists, they are well placed to mould the thinking of Australia’s future naval officers. No doubt they are also chuffed to have been given the responsibility to shape the defence of the realm.

Jacqui True’s writing has focused on dealing with the effects of COVID-19, Brexit and climate change.

In April she wrote that:

…countries with some of the most successful responses to COVID-19 and with a lower morality rate (~ 1 percent versus global ~5 percent), such as Germany, New Zealand and Norway, appear to have one thing common: women leaders.

The COVID-19 plans in women-led countries are working because their leaders are behaving like true leaders, unlike others.

Australia’s mortality rate from COVID-19 is lower than Germany, New Zealand and Norway despite being lead by a bloke but there is no doubt that if Sco Mo slapped on some lipstick and identified as a woman less people here would have succumbed to this disease.

True has also warned that COVID-19 affects women more than men. She argues, therefore, that our response needs to be gendered: after all, the majority of nurses are women and their workload has increased because selfish men are far more likely to die from this disease than women.

In 2019, True complained that international climate-change gab-fests are ‘too male, pale and stale’. Who knew that women are some kind of global air-conditioner? Well, True knew.

Four years earlier she wrote an article titled, ‘Why we need a feminist foreign policy to stop war’. Hey, I guess if women can bring global temperatures down they can also secure world peace.

But True’s best work deals with Brexit. In 2016, she co-authored a working paper for Monash University that stated:

What becomes clear through a feminist political economy lens is that Brexit is a politically construed crisis, manufactured not only by a generic male-dominated British political elite but in this case quite literally by men who happen to have gone to the same elite schools and have been competing with each other since adolescence. That their own private conflict could be transformed into a public issue of such magnitude – into a scandal – was only possible by keeping others – women and immigrants – outside of the discussion, disallowing their participation and transforming them into objects rather than subjects of the debate. Brexit is a product of gendered intra-elite conflict that has been simmering in Britain for decades.

However, due to the ineptness of the male political elite during the Brexit campaign and referendum, women leaders are now at the heart of Europe’s fate. By the end of 2016 – another year marred by violence, political extremism and racism, and desperate cries for help by millions of refugees – it is very likely that the world’s greatest powers and its most important financial institutions will be run by women.

If capitalism, as Jens Beckert (2016) persuasively argues, operates as a future-oriented project based on fictional expectations than it is very important how distinct population groups envision that future and their own identities within them. It is the breakdown of these expected roles, themselves based on racial and gender assumptions, which have been richly supported by the media pumping air into neoliberal fantasies that has led to such massive disappointment of the “middle England” and found its expression in the Brexit vote.

I particularly liked how this paper hinted that the Islamic State was merely the inevitable reaction of ‘criminalised refugees’ to the militarised British economy.

Importantly given the priority that gender and security studies place on diversity of thought, Jacqui True’s colleage, Katrina Lee-Koo, is a perfect partner for this course.

While both of these women identify as women and also claim to be feminists they could not be more diverse. Just look at Lee-Koo’s last name. It oozes diversity.

Naturally, however, Lee-Koo does have all the other requisite qualities that are important for shaping young military minds.

Her Twitter feed makes it clear that she doesn’t like Cardinal Pell but she does support abortion and homosexual marriage.

And her recent articles focus on the state of toxic masculinity in the Liberal Party. As such, I’m really not sure why the Navy hasn’t sent its sailors off to learn from her words of wisdom sooner.

Lee-Koo has noted that the only reason Julie Bishop wasn’t elected leader of the Liberal Party after the demise of Malcolm Turnbull is because:

The combination of revenge-seeking, ego-centric and opportunistic politics on display…demonstrates that an aggressive masculinist politics continues to destabilise the leadership of the Liberal Party. And in the fury of this politics, the party room has simply overlooked Bishop as a legitimate and credible leader.

Ultimately, Julie Bishop is the collateral damage of the Liberal Party’s macho politics.

She’s also gone on to argue that the language that emanates from the Liberal Party is, well, pretty much straight from the Patriarchy’s handbook of human rights crimes:

Third, we must be more attuned to the gendered use of language in policy debates. Revived electoral campaigns to be tough on borders and “stop the boats” or criticising the lack of grunt of electric cars arguably rely upon gendered (and nationalist) constructions of masculine strength and protection in favour of feminine weakness.

Fourth, we must address the gendered structures that govern access to political leadership. Morrison’s election catch-cry that ‘those who have a go will get a go’ cover overs the deep, structural discrimination that exists in this country around more things than just gender.

Sorry. I’ll be the first to apologise for not knowing that the concept of a fair go was sexist.

It is this fierce desire to address the scourge of toxic masculinity that has Lee-Koo promoting the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s ‘Gender and Security Toolkit’.

Tool 3 is titled ‘Defence and Gender’ and it boldly asserts that physical strength and things like infantry soldiers are not all that necessary on the modern battlefield before waffling on about the Dutch military’s gay pride boats. It goes on to wax lyrical about what a ‘gender diverse’ military would look like:

All educational and training curricula are designed with input from qualified Gender Advisers* and gender subject matter experts. Where relevant, they include guidance on how to apply a gender perspective to the subject matter as a learning objective and assessment criteria. As a result, all defence personnel have the capacity to apply a gender perspective to their specialized areas of work. Military exercises are conducted in a way that highlights the benefits of working in diverse teams and requires teams to apply a gender perspective to succeed. A network of Gender Focal Points supports the continuous integration of a gender perspective by their respective teams, while identifying knowledge gaps and lessons learned to Gender Advisers and senior leaders.

These feminists, who between them have zero operational experience, believe that the modern military must rid itself of gonads and replace them with GENADS, or gender advisors. Only when there is a gender perspective applied to all aspects of the military’s operations – presumably including decisions about who gets bravery medals – will it be able to defeat the enemies of peace and justice.

Anyway, whatever the patriarchy is, I’m sure it’s far worse under a communist regime. Strangely, I didn’t notice that Monash Uni’s course would delve into that tricky area of study.

As for the Royal Australian Navy, Australians don’t want an outfit that can explain why the phrase ‘as useless as tits on a bull’ is basically a crime against humanity.

They just want an outfit that isn’t as useless as tits on a bull when it comes to conflict in the Pacific.

Yet, unfortunately, at this rate we’ll have all the gender advisors we need to man a submarine by 2030 but we just won’t have any submarines…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. I have sent my complaint to the following, Andrew Hastie member for canning, Senator Reynolds Minister for defence, Senator Moylan ex Army General with my name address phone number and surprise surprise, no answer from anybody ./ The ADF is only interested in political correctness and is the captive of the radical left. I am ashamed to say I spent 12 years of my life serving in the Navy.

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  2. Who on earth could recommend today to their children a career in the Army, Navy or Air Force?

    And I spent decades wearing the green baggy skin in the Army.

    I can tell you the last five or so years were very difficult, with Political Correctness becoming ever more stifling and oppressive.

    I particular, I was appalled by the complete gutlessness of senior officers who refused to say or do anything about this lunacy being shoved down our throats.

    They all just smiled and nodded and went along with all this rubbish, this folly on stilts.

    Those who bang on endlessly about the need for “moral bravery” have shown absolutely none themselves.

    Useless poodle-fakers and simpering Yes Men, the lot of them.

    That’s all they are.

    How low our Defence Force has fallen.

    God help us all when it is really needed.

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    • It will all be over very quickly it would seem.

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  3. Those comments quoted were cut and paste weren’t they Bernard?
    For they obviously demonstrate the need for some patriarchal proof reading.

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  4. Do they actually have any time to do any “Navy stuff” any more? I doubt it.

    Here’s an idea. How about the Navy save a LOT of money and do what they are obviously DYING to REALLY do?

    1. Scrap all those “dirty, expensive, pesky ships.”

    2. Get rid of everyone who hasn’t got an agenda/”ism”/degree in political correctness…………. that is – kick out anyone who just wants to “get on with “Navy stuff”.

    3. Build lots of floats that promote every “ism” there is – (rather than “just doing their jobs”) and then run a permanent “promote every “ism” festival” that says “Look at me – I’m “diversing to the the max!!!!”

    They are a joke. PR is SO important, and nothing else matters. So Glad I served BEFORE they lost the plot.

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  5. I am glad I served, when I did, 73 to 98 and again from 04 to 14 (including qualifying service). I could see during the the last few of years of my service that things were starting to change, to suit the PC brigade. It became nauseating and the gender wars were turned on it’s head. Even CDF’s began pandering to the surge of PC crap and we as a fighting force began to lose our way. We have swung so much to the left, it is almost impossible to gain traction to swing back. Embarrassed ex member.

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  6. On one hand the ADF needs to reflect society, and so must be aware of the directions in which it may be headed. Unfortunately on the other hand it most demonstrably does not reflect society, because the people whose attitudes and philosphies which are at the heart of these less mainstream views are unlikely to consider service. That said, within the navy in particular there is an increasing pool of specialised people for whom the obligation to serve at sea does not effectively exist. It is unfortunate that the mission – “To fight and Win at Sea” becomes diluted by those whose entire career span is in Canberra and for which actual leadership of sailors and officers on the job is not something with which they are likely to be threatened. Good work if you can get it, I say! Coupled with the outsourcing of most critical support functions to public servants and contractors (in the name of freeing up more people for sea service), and the profligate explosion of the senior officer ranks, there is only one lever left to pull – the people.

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  7. True gets Brexit completely wrong; support for it mainly came from the bottom-up, i.e. the working and middle classes.

    The “Remoaners” were mainly the so-called “elites” and upper classes.

    True and Lee-Koo are clearly Marxists; the VERY LAST people I would let anywhere near the military.

    And to think we have had a so-called LNP government for the last seven years.

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  8. “True has also warned that COVID-19 affects women more than men.”

    Absolute rubbish; it is a fact that Covid-19 has killed more men than women.
    I can’t imagine a greater “affect” than death.

    While the heads of our Defence department and top brass are flogging themselves over gender crap and feminizing our military, China is increasingly becoming a regional and even world threat.

    I can’t believe that even the U.S. would promote or force this cow manure on their military. Certainly not, if President Trump had his way.

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  9. The ongoing emasculation of our armed forces is an act of treason as it undermines our security and provides advantage to those that would do us harm. As an ex member of the RAN I am disgusted. These individuals have no knowledge or comprehension of the realities outside their deluded academic bubble. Shame on the senior ranks allowing this rubbish. God help us.

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  10. With so many Governments, Councils, Civil Servants, Business’s and the Media now promoting the Gay Agenda instead of the traditional Family Life, is it any wonder, Suicide, Depression, Drug Use, Crime Rate etc is up! Changing the Marriage Act is the crux of All of our Problems! Considering we were assured that there were NO CONSEQUENCES TO CHANGING THE MARRIAGE ACT time has proven this to be a LIE!one o fv the may DIRE CONSEQUENCES is demonstrated by the number of Children now presenting for Transgender Therapy, it is Thousands, with Professionals stating that, if these Children were just left alone, they would more than likely come out of Puberty as well adjusted Adults! Parent’s have lost all Parental Rights, can not stop them from turning themselves into IT’S,The PROMISED Religious and Freedom of Speech, will NEVER HAPPEN! We now also have a push to Normalize Pedophilia, and of Course Women are now greatly disadvantaged in all Sport, because Trans Men can enter ALL Events! In view of the MANY problems which Bernard has greatly highlighted, we should de,and that this Government rectified this gross mistake, REVERSE THE CHANGING OF THE MARRIAGE ACT, this will also stop the Prosecutions, Persecutions and Job Losses of the People who do not believe that a Man can be a Woman, a Woman has a WOMB, if you do not have one you are NOT A WOMAN!

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    • It all works for me when are they going to paint all military equipment pink. Having been in the public service for 50 years nothing would surprise me any longer at what happens in Australia. Even when the Gender diversity policy came in and all positions that a woman could do were NMNA (No males need apply) all the well-qualified males new it was useless applying.

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  11. This is absolutely consternating. it makes me furious that the navy should be pursuing this gender & identity crap, and also, that universities are allowed to harbour Cultural Marxist crap “departments” which brainwash students and turn out unemployable fools.

    The universities are currently facing financial problems because of the drying up of overseas, mainly Chinese, high-paying students. They need to find savings. They should certainly start by defenstrating these utterly useless, socially subversive, culturally pessimistic dens of stupidity and delusion. Including the Peace and Conflict departments, the black studies, gay studies, women’s studies etc.

    I am gobsmacked that after the debacle of General David Morris and the kowtowing to gender and Islamic penetration, this cancer destroying practical military preparedness has still not been excised.

    The two feminist (and of course ultra left) academics providing this crap at Monash rabbit on about the supposed superiority of women leaders in Europe. it is true that, apart from Merkel in Germany – responsible for inviting an Islamic invasion into the continent, which in my book labels her treasonous to European culture – there are women Defence ministers in some Scandinavian countries,the Netherlands, and also Australia.

    I can just see the Chinese Defence Minister, and Russian Defence Minister Shoigu, quaking in their boots.

    The federal government under Turnbull and now Morrison is pursuing DISGRACEFUL policies here.

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    • When reading your first sentence, I could see all these people with air heads like helium balloons.
      I say that we should let go of the strings.

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  12. Feminism to the ADF is like commissars to the Red Army. They stifle initiative.

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  13. My Dad used to say the old British Air Force complaint during WW2 was God sent the food, the Devil sent the cook.

    The mind boggles at what he might say about this outfit. Its as though we are entering our military in sprinting races but first we tie their shoelaces together.

    What an embarrassment!

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