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Women cannot beat “the system”

Women cannot beat “the system”

This week saw the sad news of the suicide of Olga Edwards, 36, a solicitor from Sydney. This is a domestic violence related suicide, a toll that is not tracked in Australia (nor many countries). Research done in the UK a number of years ago indicated three women per week were committing suicide to escape … Continue reading

“Just lost it”

“Just lost it”

Time and time again, males accused of killing females, use the ‘defence’ that they “just lost it”. This defence also exists on a background of popular patriarchy mythology that men don’t have emotions, and cannot cry, and are therefore, just as much victims of patriarchy. Let us examine.

FEMINIST ARCHIVE: My Lai, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl: Forty-Five Years Later, One of America’s Most Iconic Photos Hides Truth in Plain Sight

FEMINIST ARCHIVE: My Lai, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl: Forty-Five Years Later, One of America’s Most Iconic Photos Hides Truth in Plain Sight

Sometimes feminist work is far too important to be lost to commercial devouring. This article, by Valerie Wieskamp, from 2013, is one such article, that I am preserving here (as faithfully as possible). The article appears to be originally published on a site called bagnewsnotes.com—which is the linked-to site on the academia.edu page for the … Continue reading

Are we at crisis yet?

Are we at crisis yet?

Sunday, 6th September, 2015 — Kedron, Gold Coast QLD Around 8am, 6-year-old Sydney* Playford was found dead in her bed at home, by her mother, Maria, 36, and Sydney was unresponsive to efforts to revive her. It is believed that Sydney died several hours earlier, probably around 5am, the time that Sydney’s father, Stephen Philip … Continue reading

DV abusers don’t need a group hug

DV abusers don’t need a group hug

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence is now in its third week. Transcripts are available on the RC website. I have not followed it closely, but bits and pieces have crossed my newsfeed throughout. The majority of this week seems to be legal submissions, with Tuesday and Wednesday focusing on “Family Violence Intervention Orders” … 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

Is Eve still being framed?

Is Eve still being framed?

An important Radio 4 podcast – Helena Kennedy QC speaks to a variety of guests on how women are treated in the criminal justice system, both as victims and defendants. Many of the statistics my readers will already know, although I did pick up new ones. Sandra Horley from Refuge states that three abused women … Continue reading