More excuses for male violence

More excuses for male violence

Just when you thought you had heard all the excuses for male violence, out come even bigger whoppers. This post was going to be titled: “Messy House—It’s siege o’clock”. So the situation today: A 28-year-old male took two boys hostage (aged one and three), presumably they are his sons. He also has a pregnant wife. … Continue reading

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Last year I reported on the closure of Elsie, Australia’s first domestic violence shelter, under the NSW Government’s “Going Home, Staying Home” homelessness ‘initiative’. Most of the women-run services were closed, and services generally went into the hands of larger religious organisations. Two items hit my newsfeed today. Firstly, the very same state Liberal government … Continue reading

What is the real toll?

What is the real toll?

Since the beginning of 2015, the number of women killed at the hands of males known to them (ie ‘domestic violence’) has hit the unprecedented all time high of “two per week”. The normally quoted statistic is “one woman per week killed by male partner or ex-partner”—of course, this was rounding down, as the generally … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—Update

White Ribbon Australia—Update

Updates for WRCA. A SnoopyDance Moment when The Guardian announced on Monday that Tanveer Ahmed had been dumped from misogynist-rag The Australian for yet more plagiarism (rather than misogyny, victim-blaming, feminist-bashing or anything else… nice principles there Australian). Nor was it Ahmed’s first whoopsies in the cut-and-pastey faux pas. The psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

RIP—Lesley Gore

RIP—Lesley Gore

On Monday, 16th February 2015, singer-songwriter, lesbian, and feminist activist passed away in New York City, aged 68. She is survived by her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson. Ms Gore is probably best remembered for her 1963 song “You Don’t Own Me“, a fabulously female-liberating anthem, harking in the beginning of the Second Wave … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia is currently making ‘news’ for all the wrong reasons. First to come to my attention was Clementine Ford’s most brilliant, and word perfect article in Daily Life, titled “White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed’s dangerous message on domestic violence“, in which she expertly exposes Ahmed’s ‘emasculation’ and ‘disenfranchisement’ excuses (for male violence) as … Continue reading

“for obvious reasons”

“for obvious reasons”

Today’s random reading from the newsfeed led me to an article on the wreck of the Batavia in 1629 off the Western Australian coast. I had not known anything much more on the subject other than it was a ‘famous shipwreck’. So I read the article. What caught my eye was this small paragraph, and … Continue reading

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop, the current Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has just been named Harper’s Bazaar’s “Woman of the Year”. In an interview with the women’s magazine Ms Bishop reflects on her role as a female leader in a male-dominated cabinet, while sticking by her controversial insistence she is not a feminist. “Stop whingeing, get on … Continue reading