My latest article at MercatorNet looks at Weinstein and ‘rape culture’, and a personal epiphany about ‘victim blaming’ in our society:
The goal of re-educating society is laudable but it’s also a long-term project and may be unrealistic. In the meantime, violent and vicious people still exist, and it’s up to us as individuals to do our best to protect ourselves.
I thought this argument was what people were getting at when they cautioned women to heed their personal safety, and not put themselves in vulnerable situations. It’s not “rape culture”; it’s just a realistic approach to personal safety.
But it turned out I was wrong. It turned out that society at large does have faith in our capacity to re-educate violent and vicious people – just not when it comes to sexual assault.
Dtcwee responds to the Sydney Siege with his characteristic yearning for the bigger picture:
Consider that threatening or causing injury (i.e. terrorism) is a crime likely punishable by imprisonment.
81% of Australia’s prisoner population is Australian born.
Although this reflects in part the greater proportion of Australia’s population born locally (72.3%), the Australian born imprisonment rate – prisoners per 100,000 population – is comparatively high compared with those from other countries.
I always knew the locals were a bit suss. But surely this only reflects good old fashioned true blue Aussie varieties of crime? What could be more Australian than ‘acts intended to cause injury’ and ‘dangerous or negligent acts endangering persons’? Might as well criminalise binge-drinking and morbid obesity.