AN­DREW BOLT Why are Aussie women play­ing the vic­tim card?

The Courier-Mail - - OPINION -

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?

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