Have new communication technologies suddenly become dangerous? I always thought texting on whiz-bang iPhones was a good thing.If my daughter’s after-school sports training is cancelled or the excursion bus comes back early, her text messages mean I can pick her up on-time, without the risk of her waiting around. It’s a plus for female safety. But now we are being told iPhones are the cause of murder-suicides, like last week’s tragedy in Pennant Hills, Sydney. At face value, the murderer John Edwards snapped. After a lengthy custody dispute he resorted to evil, shooting his two teenage children. Then he killed himself. How did a mobile phone end up as the culprit? According to the head of White Ribbon Australia, Tracy McLeod Howe, murder-suicides ‘start with boys checking their girlfriend’s text messages and using pejorative about them.’ Really? Edwards grew up in the 1960s when the closest he would have got to a text message was being told by his maths teacher to open his textbook. This is another example of femicrazy outfits like White Ribbon trying to extrapolate the sins of one man onto all men. By their logic, a 16-year-old boy reading his girlfriend’s text messages is bound to end up killing people and putting a bullet through his own skull. Does the opposite apply? If a young woman checks out her boyfriend’s text messages will she too end up like Edwards? For McLeod Howe, the possibility would never cross her mind. Misandrists and feminists don’t think this way. They look for evidence of ‘toxic masculinity’ and ‘white male privilege’ and use it to demonise men in general. The destitute white guy sleeping under a bridge is actually James Packer.
In truth, McLeod Howe’s comments can be seen as incredibly disrespectful to the dead Edwards children and their grieving mother. It takes a certain kind of weirdness to know nothing of the coronial details of a murder-suicide but within 24 hours, offer up media commentary linking the tragedy to the trivia of teenager texting. This is a Left-feminist specialty: turning serious social issues into frivolous psychobabble. Acts of sexual harassment, for instance, has been redefined to include a man staring at a beautiful woman or telling jokes about three blondes walking into a bar. The definition of domestic violence has been recast to include ‘threats of violence’, plus non-violent behaviours such as arguments about bank accounts and driving cars. McLeod Howe has another theory. On Friday she claimed Edwards’ actions were a result of ‘power imbalances and gender inequality’. This is the notion of ‘patriarchy’: that Australia is an inherently male-dominated society, in which men use their power to harass, assault and murder women. Whenever men are in a majority situation, women are said to be at risk. Yet consider this: Australia has more female than male GP doctors, vets, lawyers, teachers, office managers and public servants. By McLeod Howe’s reasoning, you can argue that given the impact of ‘power imbalances and gender inequality’, the women in these professions must be beating the crap out of the men in their lives. One only needs to state the extended logic of feminazi propaganda to understand its absurdity. These people have lost the plot. In their hatred of all things male, they are blind to the social realities around them. Far from being patriarchal, Australia has reserved its most brutal forms of disadvantage for men. Males are massively over-represented in rates of homelessness, homicide victims and workplace deaths and injuries. There are 100,000 more welfare-dependent Australian men than women – the statistic that dare not speak its name in gender debates.By ignoring basic evidence of how our society functions, Left-feminists are doing a disservice to the women they claim to care about. ABS data shows domestic assault to be a 1 per cent national problem, heavily concentrated in Indigenous and Islamic communities and public housing estates. Yet instead of targeting these perpetrators, feminazis focus on demonising white men, while giving the two ‘I’s – Islamic and Indigenous – a leave pass. And further remove themselves from reality playing Trivial Pursuit on subjectss like text messages and blonde jokes.
When Malcolm Turnbull rolls out his rhetorical flourish about ‘respect for women’ what he really means is ‘I say that because it sounds good but in terms of public policy, my government gives lots of money to groups like White Ribbon, Our Watch and ANROWS that insult the intelligence of both men and women.’ If McLeod Howe were a one-off, it wouldn’t be so bad. Yet her views are the conventional ‘wisdom’ within federal and state government programs. Turnbull’s wife Lucy is an ambassador for Our Watch, a federally funded sinkhole for man-hating propaganda, initially established by PM Gillard. It runs on trivia while ignoring the plight of bashed Indigenous women and raped Indigenous girls in the Northern Territory. Genuine ‘respect for women’ would have convinced the Turnbulls to visit and intervene in Tennant Creek, the town where Indigenous infants have been raped. But neither King Malcolm nor Queen Lucy could be bothered. While the elites are talking about mythical text messages in Pennant Hills, vicious, perverted men are still roaming the blackened streets of Tennant Creek.
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