Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

LAST week a man named Julien Blanc was all over the me­dia. The Amer­i­can man who is a “pick-up artist” started his Aus­tralian tour last month, a tour that in­volves teach­ing men to “diss fatties, bang hot­ties”. If I could think of a word worse than dis­gust­ing right now, I would be us­ing it. More­over, it gets worse; a quick look around so­cial me­dia and it seems the 25-year-old dat­ing coach also be­lieves do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a way to “make her stay”. He uses the hash­tag #Chok­ingGirls AroundThe­World to make his point. How many times do we have to re­mind peo­ple that in Aus­tralia one woman dies each week from in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence? Thank­fully, here comes the light. Aus­tralia is say­ing no to Julien Blanc. A ho­tel in Mel­bourne and one in Bris­bane last week pulled his events. Good on you for stand­ing up against this re­volt­ing be­hav­iour. We don’t need it.

Su­sanne Reilly- Re­porter

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