FixedIt: pizza does not cause domestic violence

Another one from the Sunshine Coast Daily. Not only was the perpetrator completely erased from the headline, the violence itself was minimised and the cause attributed to pizza. Domestic violence is caused by a number of complex interwoven factors, but pizza is just not one of them. Even the suggestion that it could be is...

Like Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole before her, Thorburn has unapologetically demanded acknowledgement of her contribution to her ex-husband’s professional success and denied him the protection of her silence. Again, like Cole, she will undoubtedly be criticised for declining the traditionally approved role of the long-suffering ex-wife. Full article here

People of all genders, ages, religions, ethnicities, sizes and abilities can and have been subjected to sexual predation. The defining characteristic that unites them is vulnerability – which is why straight, white, adult men are so rarely victimised. Vulnerability, and the concurrent lack of power, is also the reason that women with disabilities, Aboriginal women, the LGBTI community,...

FixedIt: Police arrest an invisible being

The Townsville Bulletin’s report on a man who appeared in court after he allegedly stabbed, choked, kicked and punched his partner was a comprehensive article that detailed the alleged crimes and quoted police on the context of increasingly severe domestic violence in the region. But, yet again, the headline completely erases the alleged perpetrator from...

FixedIt: Love does not cause sexual assault

The Courier Mail reported that Melvin Hayes Aleke, 39, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, stalking, public nuisance and some property crimes. In the space of two and a half hours he assaulted, stalked and harassed seven different women. He stalked a 17 year old girl, driving next to her as she was walking along the...

Most fathers probably know they should treat their sons and daughters equally but when feelings collide with knowledge, feelings will always win. Fathers who believe in traditional roles for women will probably expect their daughters should do more housework than their sons. They are more likely to feel threatened and disapproving of their daughters expressing sexuality, ambition...

© Jane Gilmore 2014