I doubt the activists who did the poster run recently at Monash University in Melbourne could have anticipated the impact they would have. After all, they have been postering widely in Melbourne and at other campuses for some time with little apparent response. Despite several different posters being used the one that has generated all the controversy simply states: “Domestic Violence – Women are half the problem.”
Perhaps predictably, the well-indoctrinated feminist drones of Monash University’s initial response was to express moral outrage and abhorrence at the statement of a fact that has been well known to eminent researchers in the field of partner violence for over 40 years.
How dare anyone point out a truth that does not paint all women as blameless victims of male violence and patriarchal oppression? After all, the officially sanctioned feminist propaganda says that women are the overwhelming majority — 90% or more — of “true” victims of DV. and victim blaming can never be allowed (oh, I forgot, except if the victim is male in which case what did he do to provoke his female partner to abuse him?)
Rather than producing the expected timid and apologetic back down on the part of MRAs the feminist students were faced with having their lies confronted by references to independent data from the professional literature on violence. This was not seen simply as a challenge to their ideas but was intentionally mischaracterized as “harassment” of these poor women who, after all, are only interested in making the world a better place, right?
So what to do next? Rather than counter the claims being made by the MRAs, the next tactic employed was “naming and shaming” along with “shooting the messenger.”
Avoiceformen.com apparently only represents a bunch of angry and disgusting rape apologists, so naturally any data presented by them must be false. Now, how do we spread this message to the world? Enter the mainstream media and its feminist bloggers and white knight journalists.
Tim Mitchel penned, “Posters cause outrage at Monash Uni” for the Waverly Leader, Clem Bastow of dailylife.com chimed in sarcastically with ‘Being falsely accused of rape is as bad as being raped,’ and who can forgot the high note of the cacophony by feminist/white night duet of Courtney Crane and Stephen Drill, “Website urges men to support rapists” sung in E-Flat to Drill’s quintessential 5 searching questions score.
Still either unable or unwilling to source any reputable data to refute the claim of sexual symmetry in partner violence, the girl feminists starting collecting “resources” to be used in compiling a “zine” to be distributed with the truth about DV, the delightful Hannah who sings feminist tripe in C-Sharpe contributed first with links:
If you think these will lead you to some peer reviewed research on DV, you would be wrong. The byline for the pervocracy site is “Sex. Feminism. BDSM. And some very, very naughty words.”
Later would come links to the better knows bastions of feminist advocacy research such as the notorious propaganda organizations the Victorian Domestic Violence Resource Service (VDVRS) and White Ribbon Foundation. Still, no coherent evidence based statement refuting the claim of sexual symmetry in DV was forthcoming.
Now it was time to whip into line some boy feminists to tell everyone in their own voices exactly what they were instructed to tell them: “Stop violence against women” and to write from the heart open letters of support.
Having an interest as I do in the powerful and corrupt domestic violence industry, I have my Google alerts set to notify me of new information in the field that is posted online. It was with great interest that I followed one such alert yesterday to an article penned by Herald Sun Feminist Blogger Susie O’Brien entitled “What can Rihanna teach our kids about violence” an interesting article clearly written from a feminist perspective but quoting data from Australian research.
“One study of 5,000 Australian teens analysed by the clearinghouse found one in three females and males say they have experienced at least one type of physically violent behavior from a girlfriend or boyfriend – this includes kids as young as 12.
Although both boys and girls reported similar rates of victimization, girls were more likely to slap, kick or bite, compared to boys who were more likely to push, grab, shove, threaten, physically control, and try and force their partner to have sex.”
Yes, you read it correctly. The exact same number of male and female teens reported being victims of violence from their girlfriends or boyfriends. In other words: Partner Violence: Women are Half the Problem. I added a comment that was later posted to the site, after making it past moderation.
Most readers will also be familiar with Murray Straus’s 2007 paper Dominance and symmetry in partner violence by male and female university students in 32 nations – which also confirms this fact is consistent across nations and cultures, a concise summary of which is presented by RADAR.
I decided to post this information to the NUS Womens Department blog and emailed their National Women’s Officer, Noni Sproule, directly thinking that this may help them in their assessment of the data. That was about 7 pm last night. This morning I went to email the link to Susie O’Brien’s Rhianna article to some friends and guess what? It had vanished into cyberspace — the link now pointing to another article on footballers and homophobia. There was no Google cache of it but Google search still showed the article’s correct URL.
Was this a deliberate pulling of the article or mere coincidence? After alerting the feminist students about this blog post it suddenly disappears overnight? Australian data supporting sexual symmetry in partner violence? Can’t have that in the mainstream media. It goes against feminist dogma and therefore must be suppressed.
I contacted the blog author Susie O’Brien who stated: “I don’t expect you to understand this,” but it was her technical unfamiliarity with the blog software that led to the post being removed or “overwritten” by another article, the homophobia one, and that was because she wanted yet another post about the firing of Derryn Hinch, another media figure attacking the posters, to take primacy at the top of her sidebar list. She claims it had nothing to do with editorial pressure or requests by anyone to have it removed.
I asked when or if it would it be reposted. Clearly she had no intention of that happening, but reluctantly responded, “Yes, I could do that, but would not be able to transfer across any comments.”
Well. I’m calling bullshit on this one; I believe that pressure was applied internally or externally to “overwrite” it.
The article has now magically reappeared. Well, the first couple of paragraphs of it anyway; I guess anyone wanting to get to the juicy bits will have to pay for a subscription.
One thing is clear; Monash University can join the ranks of other infamous institutions, teaching young impressionable girls the essential skills and tactics of feminism, anger, rage, shaming, blaming, misrepresentation and suppression of data that does not conform to feminist ideology. This is, of course, indoctrination, not education. Congratulation Monash! A+!
The full text of the Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse Paper is here.