There was once a man, let’s call him Lark Matham, with a newspaper column.
It’s quaint, in hindsight, to consider his words being discretely hidden behind the paywall of a newspaper, or tucked away inside its pages.
Rather than discuss these issues with regard to reason, logic or information, however, in most cases he resorted to personally denigrating a number of women, with whom he took issue.
Women who knew these issues as intimately as anyone else. Women who have experienced mental illness, post-natal depression or domestic violence.
His words angered many men and women. Not just the women he attacked.
A number of Australians argued that this man’s ‘arguments’ were not deserving of the paper’s masthead. He was not worthy of a platform. He was, to quote Annabel Crabb, a trollumnist, not a columnist.
Watch: One of Lark’s angry and abusive outbursts below (post continues after video).
Eventually, several months and several trollumns later, he parted way with the newspaper.
To some, this was a victory of sorts. To others, it was an opportunity.
Some considered the ire caused at his hand proof of Lark’s great talent. His commendable ability to push the boundaries, reject political correctness and speak for the masses.
Some mistook the protest against Lark’s trollumns as proof that the collective sensibilities of Australian women were too easily provoked.
Some figured the man who was denied one platform, needed several more.
Because of this the temptation to ignore him, and those who have afforded him a platform, is tremendous. Talking about him at all – let alone dismantling his arguments or highlighting the offence caused – is moot. It’s exactly want he and his promoters want.