Brisbane Women Forum (BWF) co-founder and founder, Jane Goodall, has been accused of ‘trolling’ on Twitter and ‘misogyny’ for posts she posted on Facebook about being a mother, which many have taken to refer to as ‘misandry’.
Ms Goodall was quick to respond to the controversy on Twitter, saying she ‘does not condone’ the behaviour and that her ‘personal views do not represent the views of the BWF’.
Ms Badlz, a former board member and BWF president, was also quick to defend her position on Twitter.
‘I don’t condone the trolling, I don’t have a problem with trolls and I don and I have a great relationship with my fellow board members, who are all feminists and feminists are great people,’ Ms Badlanz said.
‘And we have a wonderful board.’
Ms Badlonz said she was ‘trolled’ by several of the posts that she shared on Facebook.
‘This has happened on social media, it’s happened to other women, it happened to women of colour, it has happened to people who are transgender and it has been a huge problem for me.’
So I feel very confident that we have been able to do so much work.
‘The women who do it are great, we’ve had so many people come forward to support us and to give their support to us and I’m very grateful for that.
‘But I have to be honest, I think the trolls are a minority.
‘We’ve had the most vitriolic attacks I’ve ever seen from trolls, but that’s a minority of people.
‘What I want to make clear is that it is the vast majority of women who are not trolls, who do not share these opinions, who don’t believe that men should be in positions of power.
‘They’re not doing that because they’re feminists, they’re doing it because they’ve been abused and they don’t want to see their mothers treated as second class citizens.
‘You need to talk to people and learn from their experiences and learn to deal with them.’
BWF founder and founder Jane Goodlayson said she is proud of the work she has done.
‘Jane Goodall has been very vocal in her support for the Women’s Equality Party, which I think is a very good thing,’ she said.
BWF’s website says that it was created in 1992 as an alternative to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Ms Badrz said her decision to launch a new board was ‘an important step towards building a feminist movement’.
‘The Women’s Rights Party has been incredibly successful and there is a huge opportunity to do even more,’ she added.
‘It’s a really important time for us to look at how we can work together.
‘In order to get that kind of movement going we need to start talking about all the other issues that are going on in society that are affecting women, men and all the different communities and we can start building a movement around all those issues.’