Thursday, June 14, 2007

News Flash: Domestic violence is not a feminist conspiracy

There's a growing number of groups who are trying to discredit the serious problem of domestic violence. Theses groups advocate domestic violence fundraising events-- like Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues -- be banned or call for an end to the VAWA. Take a totally "unbiased" site which encourages people to fight against VAWA-- you know the act that helps end domestic violence? A key way to tell this site is chock full of stupidity and misogyny:

These girls were claiming part of the solution was in making new laws. In practice, the only effect of this legislation was to encourage divorce, and broaden the power of government in family relationships.

First of all... GIRLS-- these "girls." Not women. Nice, totally subtle.

Meanwhile, anyone who challenges the laws and the funding in multiple billions of dollars in total for these programs is immediately silenced by the label of sexist, hatemonger, or worse. It has been as if some kind of Inquisition has been established to root out all heretics, where no one dares challenge the word of the feminists, no matter how irrational that word may be.

Yes, because being a feminist is full of so much political power. We're getting our way SO much these days

At no time do you find any kind of counseling or other means of assisting a victim in discovering the cause for her uniquely personal situation. Nor do you find encouragement for working within the family unit in order to address, and perhaps even solve their relationship problems. What you do find, and find repeatedly, is placing of blame on men and the clear advancement of separation.

Indeed. Let's blame those awful feminists. How dare they give women the idea that this isn't their fault, but rather the fault of their abusive batterer who has no self-control and thinks it's ok to hit you. Really. How dare we advocate divorce? Well you know feminists, just a bunch of heartless bitches, right?

Seems like all these "men's sites" like to talk about how men are abused 50% of the time. Now, I admit. Men are abused. But if you check out actual facts. (aside: Never trust a website that refers to professional women as "girls.") you'll see there is a legit reason that Domestic violence messages are primarily targeted at women.

Intimate partner violence is primarily a crime against women. In 2001, women accounted for 85 percent of the victims of intimate partner violence (588,490 total) and men accounted for approximately 15 percent of the victims (103,220 total. This stat is from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003

Then I see atrocities like this and I just want to shake people and scream -- HELLO.

In case you can't link to the CNN story, a summary:

Meg Lundeen, a Minneapolis woman was brutally attacked by her husband, Randy Aaser, the night of her 30th birthday. The two got in an argument and Randy slit Meg's throat. The cut was so deep that Meg's windpipe & tongue were completely severed.

Doctors reattached her tongue, but it's not clear yet how her ability to speak or taste will be affected.

Aaser has been charged with second-degree attempted murder.

But yeah, let's stop promoting events like Vagina Monologues, let's quit funding VAWA, and above all, quit listening to feminists-- rather, let's try to get Meg and Randy to just "work stuff out".

Oh and there's this. CNN is just bursting today.


Anna said...

Girls??? They could have at least said "gals," for pity's sake.

Tobes said...

Indeed. I about fell over. For a real trip check out other essays on their site where they argue #1 that men who get women pregnant and don't want a child shouldn't have to pay child support and #2 if a woman gets pregnant and they don't want her to abort, they should have control.

So pretty much they want all the control in the world?

Thanks for posting anna! Do you have a blog I can visit?