RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Tuesday
Dec082009

Jonathan Kay: How did the Ecole Polytechnique anniversary get transformed into a festival of cynical, hyperfeminist propaganda? (Canada)

On July 12, 1995, Serbian forces near Srebrenica began cleansing the local population of Muslims. Like the Nazis who greeted Jews at the concentration camps, the Serb commanders sent their prey off in different directions. Women and children were put on buses, and expelled to the Muslim-majority Bosniak territory up north. But the men, including boys as young as 14, were directed instead to a building described as the “White House.” They never came out. Most were killed with a single bullet to the head, but others were left to die through more gruesome methods. More than 8,000 Bosniaks perished in the Srebrenica massacre, all but a few dozen of them male.

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Tuesday
Dec082009

Barbara Kay: Twenty years after the Montreal Massacre, it’s time to end the moral pogrom against Canadian men (Canada)

In the local high school this week each class got a ten minute seminar on Marc Lepine and violence against women. This is a scandal. The persistent notion that one in three women will be violently assaulted in her lifetime is an egregious lie. Spousal homicides of approximately fifty women killed by men (and about 30 men killed by women) a year in a nation of 35 million people is individually tragic, but statistically meaningless as a social trend. Secondly, in this Soviet-era show trial performance, the school is needlessly frightening girls - while assuring them they are incapable themselves of ever hurting a man, another egregious lie - and shamelessly denigrating boys by virtue of their sex, pretty well assuring them that they are monsters at heart, and need special indoctrination to make sure they don’t all turn out to be Jack the Rippers.

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Monday
Dec072009

Breaking taboos about violence

Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The letter from Lesley Laing (December 3) highlights cultural taboos about recognising violence by women. Don Weatherburn correctly pointed out that males are a significant proportion of domestic homicide victims (including intimate partner homicides by women), and any review that ignores this, as proposed by Laing, will be at best incomplete.

Laing's claim that the intent of the review is to “save the lives of women and children” implies children are murdered mostly by men in domestic situations. Australian Institute of Criminology data shows mothers are twice as likely as fathers to kill a child.

If the review is indeed intended to save the lives of women and children - and also those men whom Laing disregards - it must consider female as well as male perpetrators, and not be held hostage by entrenched gender interest groups with an axe to grind. Weatherburn cautioned against attempting to limit the focus of the review to specific sub-groups. Laing's letter shows why such caution is needed.

Michael Woods, Senior lecturer, school of biomedical and health sciences, University of Western Sydney

Friday
Dec042009

Penis fire-accused to answer charge

A jealous wife who allegedly set her husband’s penis on fire will answer a murder charge in January. Rajini Narayan, 44, appeared briefly in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday charged with murder, arson and endangering life. The mother of three allegedly set fire to the genitals of her husband, Satish Narayan, in December last year. Mr Narayan suffered major burns and died several weeks later. The fire also gutted the family’s suburban Unley home leaving a damage bill of about $1 million. A previous court hearing heard Narayan had told neighbours: “I’m a jealous wife, his penis should belong to me. I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn’t mean this to happen.” In court on Friday, defence counsel Lindy Powell, QC, asked for a delay in the date for her client to answer the charge as discussions were still under way with the prosecution. Magistrate Alf Grasso set down January 22 for Narayan’s next appearance. Bail was continued.

Friday
Dec042009

Secret Lives of Women: Husband Beaters (USA)

In America, the term "Domestic Abuse" is typically associated with a victimized woman mercilessly beaten by an overbearing ogre of a husband. The fact is however, that more than a third of all DA cases feature males as victims, and even that number is considered low due to the relatively low reporting of these cases by men who are ashamed and afraid to do so. The stories in SLOW: Husband Beaters will provide an inside look at Domestic Abuse done to men from a variety of perspectives and shed light on a very dark and violent corner of America.

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