Just for once let’s concentrate on the issue under discussion half of the total population being threatened raped, suffer violence, killed by almost entirely by the other half if the population.
Men’s violence in men should be put aside.
I've just come off a social media site where this was being discussed and the usual "what about the men that are murdered" came up - from more than one individual (all were male contributors). One even brought Abortion into the discussion - women "murdering" their unborn children.
The thing about violence against women by men - is that is is BECAUSE they are women. Men attacking and murdering other men happens for various reasons, personal vendettas, drug-related, or even fights that just get out of hand.
Do men feel under threat from women when they are walking home alone at night - do they fear they will be attacked by them, abducted or raped by them? I doubt it.
Men being attacked and murdered is a separate issue - the one thing we have in common is that most of the attacks are perpetrated by other MEN.
Just in case anyone thinks I'm a man-hater... I'm not. The majority of men I've ever met in my life have been kind, considerate human beings - some are spectacular human beings too.
This is about the culture of the casual acceptance of even mild misogyny, the acceptance of jokes about women, about rape. Not to mention the casual misogyny b those in positions of power and the dire number of rape convictions.
Men matter - the fact that young men are being slaughtered on our streets matters, but it really is a separate issue to that of violence against women perpetrated by men.
Good post Dickens. Thanks.
I’m lucky. I live with a kind man who supports feminism and is a great father/role model . He isn’t the only such man in our family/friendship group. That doesn’t prevent any of us being able to name the problem of male violence, especially that towards women and children.
Male violence, misogyny, use of prostitutes, violent porn etc etc needs naming, acknowledging and addressing by policy makers, educators, within workplaces and families