Bleeding out trauma for change

Yet another tortured woman is tearing open her veins to bleed out her trauma for public consumption, because we’re told this is the only way to make change. Brittany Higgins’s unfathomable courage in taking on the Prime Minister’s office, along with all the structures that exist to silence the raped and protect the rapists, is...

#MeToo is another slogan for another revolutionary movement, and the fact that it’s a hashtag does not render it frivolous, it simply reflects the reality of modern communication. Information and collective protest are not passed on by pamphlets or songs anymore, they’re shared on social media. There’s a touch of the luddite in her conflation...

Intimate partner violence is the only life-threatening social issue where women are the overwhelming majority of victims. Suicide, murder, road deaths, cancer deaths, drug overdose, substance abuse, gambling addiction and incarceration all disproportionately affect men but none of those issue get a fraction of the attention Men’s Rights Activists give to domestic violence. It’s bad...

The federal government currently spends $35 billion on national security and $160 million on domestic violence each year. If you average that spending out over the past 20 years’ worth of victims, simple arithmetic puts it at $53 billion per person affected by terrorism and $55 per woman affected by male violence. Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald 

© Jane Gilmore 2014