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Politicians can’t keep ignoring violence by women

31 July 2018

12:24 PM

31 July 2018

12:24 PM

When news headlines keep underlining a narrative to be false, we have a problem. When politicians are too afraid to discuss reality, we’re in trouble.

In the last few days, a 52-year-old woman has been charged with one count of manslaughter and high range drink driving following the suspicious death of a man in Wamuran. Police were hunting for a woman who stabbed another woman in Surfers Paradise. A woman allegedly killed a student she met online. “Demons are real and ghosts are too they live inside us and sometimes they win,” she wrote in a chilling post online before the attack.

And six teenage girls assaulted an elderly father in his own front yard in Townsville.

That is reality.

And yet, on Their ABC they’re still busy peddling the gendered narrative which the majority of society is rejecting. “Parents can promote gender equality and help prevent violence against women,” a piece published on Monday stated. Out of date statistics presenting only one part of the troubling puzzle are trotted out.

“Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity are key drivers of violence against women,” the piece states, citing Our Watch. That’s the government-funded organisation that churns out anti-male propaganda. In fact, the entire piece is little more than a puff piece for Our Watch.

Why is this government funding this rubbish when the truth of news headlines presents a very different reality?

Why are everyday Australians working to pay taxes that lines the pockets of these organisations (and a biased media outlet) which are nothing more than attempts to guarantee the next round of funding?

Ignoring the reality that all human beings can be good and bad is not progress. It isn’t helping violence – and it doesn’t assist women find the tools they need to manage their rage when society, funded by sheepish politicians, is frantically peddling away from the truth. If women are not held equally accountable this problem is only going to get worse, not better.

Narratives only work if they’re true – and reality clearly has a crystal clear way of exposing this sham day after day.

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