[W]hat does it mean to be a “good bloke”?
It means drinking a lot. It means conforming to the norms of a place and not pushing back. It means protecting your mates and isolating those who take offence or complain.
This dance in Australia between the newcomers and those who are enforcing the culture of a place is old – and also classless. It runs through everything from the top end of town to rough outback pubs. What is the hazing at university colleges, the grin and bear it and don’t make a fuss while dancing with your pants around your ankles to Eagle Rock – than a version of being a “good bloke”? Even women in this country are expected to be “good blokes”. If you aren’t a good sport – you can notice a shift in the atmosphere. It feels dangerous.
Brigid Delaney on Australian conformity.