Monash University, which I am told is the second largest college in Victoria, Australia, has a problem with accurate information about domestic violence. Tim Mitchell, a reporter for the Waverly Leader, also apparently has a problem understanding what the information means when he sees it.
In a just posted article, Posters cause outrage at Monash Uni, Mitchell interpreted posters that said “Domestic Violence: Women are Half the Problem” as meaning that women invite men to physically abuse them, thus are half the problem. It appears that in the mind of Mr. Mitchell, the “fact” that only men commit intimate partner violence is such an indelible given that his only way to interpret the statement was to infer that it meant that women made their partners beat them.
Perhaps if he did enough, scratch that, any research, he would have stumbled on the facts about “gender” symmetry in domestic violence. Gender, of course, is actually an ideological misnomer for the accurate word: sex.
Men and women physically abuse each other in relationships at rates that are roughly equal.
That notion has also fostered some outrage at the university’s women’s department, who plan to take action protesting the AVfM message that men are actually harmed by abusive women.
Esther Hood, the Monash Student Association president, said the posters were “disgraceful,” and that the women’s department was “planning a rally denouncing the website and its values.”
Also, MSA women’s officer Sally-Anne Jovic said the association was likely to launch a campaign against the website.
And so we now see some of the expected response from ideologues that are starting to figure out that their hegemony of the dialogue in matters of sexual politics is coming to an end, and they will be launching vigorous efforts to demonize people who speak the truth about the nature and consequences of domestic violence.
AVfM will have representatives in place to attend any publicly accessible events held by the university’s women’s department, to document activities and monitor the disinformation they are spreading to students and the public at large.
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