Gender equality

It is no secret that in the Western World there is much talk about equality between the sex’s. And indeed we should push for gender equality and accept it. However I am continually shocked that in the newspapers of today they continue to push the same old barrow that its only women and children who are abused within heterosexual relationships.

In the Sydney Sunday Telegraph 28th November on page 13 there is a interview with the Sex Discrimination Commissioner; Elizabeth Broderick. . .This paper over the last few weeks have been consistently reporting on the issue of Domestic Violence against women and children in the community.. .yet not once have they raised the issue that men are also victims of abuse from their wives …In it she rebukes the federal government for not fulfilling its promises to reduce attacks on women and children..

This is the Sex Discrimination Commissioner herself who is discriminating against men in society who also are victims of abuse within the society in which we live. I am a man. I  am a heterosexual man. I was abused by my wife. If I did to my wife what she did to me…I would have been locked up in goal.

Why, why, why can’t they make a genderless statement and say.. We want to stamp out abuse of every kind within Australia. And in doing so help prevent abuse for all in Australia?

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to Gender equality

  1. tildeb says:

    Exactly right, Craig. Stick to your guns over this: domestic violence is unacceptable regardless of gender.

    I take it one step further and insist that we should never hit our kids, either. Ever. For any reason. A home must be a safe place firstbefore it can be considered a true home.

    The act of an adult resorting to violence – especially against child or a weaker member of the household – is always a clear indication of failure to cope in a mature and responsible and disciplined manner on the part of the person who resorts to it. I think if we can convince people to stop hitting their children, this will go a long way to eliminating the same behaviour that so often erupts between adults who live together.

    • Craig Benno says:

      Thanks Tildeb.

      The battle with this is an upward one, but one I intend to keep working on. I am not sure if you have read my other blog… I prefer to keep the two separate; though time to time they will intersect.

      I think there is a distinction as to smacking and hitting 😉 I have brought my 2 boys up with the clear knowledge I will smack them for 3 reasons.
      1) Back Chatting
      2) Lying
      3) Maliciously damaging someone else’s property.

      It’s never done in the heat of the moment; rather done quietly after a time of reflecting on what happened, what’s going to happen and why. There are times after hearing the whys the punishment is not carried out either, so its not a mandatory punishment.

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