ANDREW BOLT Why are Aussie women playing the victim card?
IKNOW there are strong women in Australia. So why are our new female heroes so often passiveaggressive victims, competing to show off their trophy wounds? So determined to seem damaged and fragile, crying as if promised a world where it rains only sugar?
Example one. Last week, the University of NSW sent an email to staff and students warning of a sexual assault near the campus.
Yes, the university was doing its best to keep everyone safe, but its email offered tips to help women be even safer, particularly at night.
Walk to your destination with friends. Don’t walk with your head down looking at your phone. Good tips. Even as a tall bloke, I do the same in some streets. But to gender warriors this was too much reality.
Anna Hush, a UNSW staffer and director of End Rape on Campus Australia, protested that she’d been offended by this well-intentioned advice, calling it “the latest in a long tradition of victim-blaming statements made by universities”.
“These messages put onus on potential victims to manage their behaviours, and thus suggests that they are responsible when they experience violence,” she said.
“Here we go again with the victim blaming,” agreed community lawyer Fadak Alfayad.
Seriously? I guess these women don’t just refuse to look around them when entering a dark park, but likewise refuse to lock their homes or cars, because that would be to blame themselves for being burgled.
They must likewise complain when airlines check for bombs, because it’s victim-blaming that shifts responsibility from the terrorists.
What world do such women live in? One where everyone must take responsibility for these women’s safety but themselves?
Example two. Psychologist and author Bettina Arndt this month started a speaking tour of campuses, invited by Liberal students wanting to hear her research into the dodgy Human Rights Commission survey used by activists to claim universities have a “rape culture”. I’m amazed anyone ever believed this survey’s improbable finding that 51 per cent of Australian uni students were sexually harassed in a single year.
Yet socialists and feminists are so determined to believe students face a rape epidemic that Arndt has faced a campaign to stop her from speaking. La Trobe University first banned her, and Sydney University demanded its Liberal students pay almost $500 for security before letting her come. Arndt and her audience faced bullying from Leftist protesters. At La Trobe, her speech was drowned out by heckling and a fire alarm. Why are female protesters so desperate to seem bigger victims than they are?
Example three: For more than three weeks, female MPs from the federal Liberals’ Left have claimed they are victims of a bullying culture. None of those MPs will publicly give a single example of how exactly they were bullied, let alone by whom. Would Margaret Thatcher have sobbed and sighed like this? Now there was a woman to admire.
But when we do get her kind of Alpha female here – a Peta Credlin, say – how do many female opinion makers and activists often respond? Smear, sneer and belittle. It seems only victims are wanted now. Is the age of strong women dead?