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The unifying message of Eurydice Dixon

20 June 2018

7:38 AM

20 June 2018

7:38 AM

Thousands attended the candlelight vigil for Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne on Monday night. It was a gentle sign of unity and warmth. Organisers of the vigil said they didn’t want to make it a political event so I write this with all due respect.

It’s been hard to read coverage of this young woman’s alleged murder. Eurydice Dixon was the victim of a terrible wrong. Her body was found at Princes Park, North Carlton, on 18 June.

There is one lesson to learn from her tragic loss – that is respect for all human beings. There is no place for hatred, blame, division or mudslinging apart from at the guilty.

James Todd, 19, has been charged with her rape and murder. We must trust in the hands of justice. Importantly, we must all stand united. It’s incredibly sad that the messaging around this topic delivers division when the ultimate goal is harmony.

Domestic violence has become a political weapon. I have written before, and will probably write a million times more, this should never have become a political tool and it should never have become a feminist fight.

There is no justification for the language being hurled around in the current debate. None.

On this issue, politicians are all failing us. This is a human issue beyond taking political or gender sides.

At a vigil on Queens Terrace at Parliament House, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Dixon’s death as a “heartbreaking tragedy”. He added, “What we must do as we grieve is ensure that we change the hearts of men to respect women.”

What he means is every single human being should respect all human beings, but feminists have too much power now to let that truth be spoken.

The way to achieve what the Prime Minister spoke of is not through politics or anti-men narrative.

Turnbull said, “Eurydice Dixon, we mourn the loss. We grieve with her family. And we say never again.” He should not have said that because he cannot promise that; crime is a fact of life.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp is having discussions to make the city safer but as she rightly said, “We all know that random acts of extreme violence are difficult to predict.”

There is the truth. Her words are a short summary of why anti-male feminists should never have been invited to the heart of this debate.

After news broke that vandals had defaced the memorial in Princes Park, ABC’s golden girl Jane Gilmore tweeted, “Premeditated vandalisation of #EurydiceDixon memorial. This is how much some men hate women. Any #notallmen types who’ve made these “jokes” or sat as other did, you’re part of the problem and you’re responsible for fixing it.”

The truth is: “We all know that random acts of extreme violence are difficult to predict.”

Clementine Ford commented on Gilmore’s tweet in The Age saying, “Perfectly true, of course.”

There is no proof of that.

She continued, “It’s difficult to imagine why someone would do that, but less tricky to see how living in a culture that embraces casual sexism while ridiculing feminist objectives and the dismissal of men’s violence might provide them with some level of justification.”

The truth is: “We all know that random acts of extreme violence are difficult to predict.”

Ford continues to rant about challenging sexist comments in peer groups, calling out misogynist views and men “carrying 50 per cent of the domestic workload at home”.

This is why feminism should never have come near domestic violence; in making this a feminist fight violent crime is wrapped up with household chores.

She continues, “I am increasingly disagreeing with the view that not all men are part of the problem, and it’s because I truly think most of them don’t understand that the problem is theirs to solve.”

Please stop Ford. It is all of ours to solve.

Still more, “This is perhaps #notallmen’s greatest insult. Women don’t need to be told to look for the goodness in men, because we try our damnedest to find it every day.”

It’s outrageous that any Australian media would give this rhetoric a platform. Politicians need to pull away from this far left, absurdist, exhibitionistic venom.

Some of us see the beauty in men all around us. We don’t have to try our damnedest at all.

And, as Capp said, “We all know that random acts of extreme violence are difficult to predict.”

In making this a feminist fight, one side of politics has been given carte blanche to hurl abuse as they see fit. They have been given the right to use vile rhetoric and abuse anyone who stands up for the harmonious majority.

It has to stop.

It must end.

Eurydice Dixon deserves better than this rabid debate.

Please show some respect.

Gender theory doesn’t solve crime and it never will.

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