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Toxic masculinity, noxious lies

22 August 2016

7:19 AM

22 August 2016

7:19 AM

It’s one of the most pervasive and dangerous myths propagated by radical feminism: that our culture of ‘toxic masculinity’ has led to an epidemic of male-on-female domestic violence.

The reality is far more complicated. Bettina Arndt reports in The Australian on a Swedish feminist politician, Eva Solberg, who’s tackling this fiction head-on. To quote Solberg herself: ‘We know through extensive practice and experience that attempts to solve the issue through this kind of analysis have failed. And they failed precisely because violence is not and never has been a gender issue.’

The same is true in Australia. Arndt discusses a 2001 study on domestic violence that the sexes are equally culpable. Twenty three per cent of children surveyed said they’d witnessed abuse against their mother or stepmother; 22 per cent said they’d witnessed abuse against their father or stepfather. 23.1 per cent of spousal homicide victims are male – obviously a much smaller portion than female victims, but one you’ve probably never heard of. And we haven’t even gotten into the many ways in which the legal system is systematically biased against male defendants. Read the whole column. It’s well worth it.

Arndt deserves tremendous credit for speaking out on this topic. It takes immense courage to contradict our gynocentric media and political establishment, who treat the notion of ‘male victims’ as a tasteless joke. (‘Women have always been the primary victims of war,’ Hillary Clinton once opined: ‘Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.’ They just charge into the scrim with bayonets fixed and – poof! They’re gone!)

But Arndt is guilty of a serious and glaring misdirection. ‘There’s a certain irony that this happened in Sweden, the utopia for gender equality and the last place you would expect misogyny to be blamed for a major social evil,’ she writes; ‘But despite Scandinavian countries being world leaders in gender equality (as shown by the 2014 World Economic Forum’s global gender gap index), Nordic women experience the worst physical or sexual violence in the EU.’

Arndt is comparing apples and oranges, and she knows it. ‘Domestic violence’ and ‘physical and sexual violence’ overlap, but they’re not the same thing. So, while we’re at it, there’s another inconvenient truth we might dig into: Sweden’s migrant rape epidemic.

As I pointed out in my last article for the Aussie Speccie, in 1996, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå)) found that migrants (the majority of whom come from Islamic countries) were 26 times more likely to commit rape than native Swedish men. In the decade prior, Brå found that immigrants accounted for 61 per of all rape convictions between 1985 and 1989.

Swedish authorities no longer collect data relating to criminals’ ethnicity or nationality, but it seems pretty safe to say that, if the figures were more optimistic than those from 1996, the ABC would devote a full hour of their daily evening broadcast to reciting them. The fact that we don’t have any way of knowing for certain suggests things have remained about the same or gotten worse.

Or maybe they haven’t. Maybe the migrant rape crisis just vanished into thin air, like those blokes who landed on Normandy and Gallipoli, leaving their wives and mums to (yet again) shoulder the burden of war.

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