For a short time I thought that that running a blog was a process of simply translating everyday thoughts and experiences into a witty and succinct couple of paragraphs. What I discovered was that my writing talent is limited, and as a result, most of my posts were painfully boring. Well maybe not all of them, but my voice of nagging self doubt told me that anyway.
What I’d like to do in the absence of writing is leave you with a few interesting links that i’ll build on in due course.
As a man, I’m embarrassed that according to the ABS (2006), 1 in 20 or 440,000 women have been the victim of violence in the past year. Additionally 1.6% or 126,100 women have experienced some form of sexual assault.
“Since the age of 15, an estimated 3,065,800 women had experienced violence. 29% of all women (2,243,600 women) had experienced physical assault, and 17% (1,293,100) had experienced sexual assault.”
An even further embarrassment to men is that right-wing commentators attempt to play down these figures, or claim that the issue of violence against women is actually an issue for both genders. Whist it is true that men are also the victims of violence at the hands of women, to suggest parity is foolish. So called ‘mens rights’ groups almost universally use the Conflict Tactics Scale as a means to demonstrating their claims. However, as shown by people like Michael Flood (2007), the scale makes no determination as to the aggressor and whether or not the women was acting in self defence. In other words, if a man was in the face of his partner threatening her, she pushed him away, and he then punched her knocking her into unconsciousness and breaking her nose, the CTS would determine that each partner had been the victim of violence. Additionally the CTS omits sexual violence, stalking, intimate homicide, who is injured and power and control imbalance intimidation, which is considered by many to be the most devastating type of domestic and family violence.
Anti-feminists claim that men classically under report incidents of violence which distorts the true picture of gender based violence. What this ignores is that it’s often witnesses and neighbours that call police during domestic disturbance. As Flood (2007) also points out is that virtually every police and court record indicates that incidents of male violence against females is many times higher than the vice versa. No other record more accurately and succinctly demonstrates this than the latest Australian Institute of Criminology study (large pdf) into intimate homicide, which states –
During 2005–06, a total of 74 intimate partner homicides occurred, up from 66 in 2004–05. Four out of five intimate partner homicides involved a male offender killing his female partner (n=59, 80%).
An overwhelming majority of men do not use violence, however, the minority that do cheered on by their right-wing misogynistic fan club, demean all men by attempting to minimise the devestating impact male violence has on society.