VIC­TIMS USURP STRONG WOMEN

The Morning Bulletin - - ANDREW BOLT -

IKNOW there are strong women in Aus­tralia. So why are our new fe­male he­roes so of­ten pas­siveag­gres­sive vic­tims in­stead, com­pet­ing to show off their tro­phy wounds? Why are these hero vic­tims so de­ter­mined to seem dam­aged and frag­ile, cry­ing as if promised a can­dy­coloured world where it rains only sugar?

EX­AM­PLE 1

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,” it sug­gested.

“Don’t walk with your head down look­ing at your phone”, and “keep valu­ables out of sight”.

Good tips. Even as a tall bloke, I do the same in some streets. There are bad peo­ple among us and al­ways will be.

But to gen­der war­riors, this was way too much re­al­ity. Way too much re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Anna Hush, a UNSW staffer and di­rec­tor of End Rape on Cam­pus Aus­tralia, protested that she’d been of­fended by this well-in­ten­tioned ad­vice.

“The email … is the lat­est in a long tra­di­tion of vic­tim-blam­ing state­ments made by uni­ver­si­ties,” she com­plained.

“These mes­sages put the onus on po­ten­tial vic­tims to man­age their be­hav­iours, and thus sug­gests that they are re­spon­si­ble when they ex­pe­ri­ence vi­o­lence.”

Com­mu­nity lawyer Fadak Al­fayad agreed: “Here we go again with the vic­tim blam­ing.”

Se­ri­ously? So 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 is vic­tim-blam­ing that shifts re­spon­si­bil­ity from the ter­ror­ists not to blow the plane from the sky.

What world do such women live in? One where ev­ery­one must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for these women’s safety but them­selves? One where a #MeToo hash­tag will turn rapists into saints?

EX­AM­PLE 2

ONE strong woman I know, psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor Bet­tina Arndt, this month started a speak­ing tour of cam­puses, at the in­vi­ta­tion of 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 uni­ver­sity stu­dents were sex­u­ally ha­rassed in a sin­gle year.

In fact, only 10 per cent of stu­dents re­sponded to this on­line sur­vey — they were pre­sum­ably the most com­mit­ted and po­lit­i­cal — and their al­le­ga­tions weren’t tested.

What’s more, those al­le­ga­tions in­cluded in­ci­dents said to have taken place off cam­pus. And the most com­mon com­plaint was merely of “inap­pro­pri­ate star­ing or leer­ing”.

Yet so­cial­ists and fem­i­nists are so de­ter­mined to be­lieve that stu­dents face a rape epi­demic that Arndt has faced an as­ton­ish­ing cam­paign to stop her from speak­ing.

At first, La Trobe Uni­ver­sity banned her. Then, Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity de­manded its Lib­eral stu­dents pay nearly $500 for se­cu­rity be­fore let­ting her come. Once on cam­pus, Arndt and her au­di­ence faced bul­ly­ing from Left­ist pro­test­ers, many of them women.

At La Trobe, Arndt’s speech was drowned out by heck­ling, a fire alarm and bang­ing on doors.

At Syd­ney, pro­test­ers blocked the en­trance un­til riot po­lice cleared them.

Why are fe­male pro­test­ers so des­per­ate to seem big­ger vic­tims than they are? Why in­sist on be­ing too frag­ile to even let an­other woman ex­press a con­trary opin­ion?

EX­AM­PLE 3

FOR more than three weeks, fe­male MPs from the fed­eral Lib­er­als’ Left have claimed that they, too, are vic­tims of a bul­ly­ing cul­ture.

Lucy Gichuhi, Ju­lia Banks, Kelly O’Dwyer, Julie Bishop and other MPs claim this bul­ly­ing is “toxic” and, adds Bishop, could even in­volve “il­le­gal” acts.

Re­porters, par­tic­u­larly women on the ABC, have treated these MPs as hero vic­tims, even though none of those MPs will pub­licly give a sin­gle ex­am­ple of how ex­actly they were bul­lied, let alone by whom.

In fact, Se­na­tor Gichuhi last week ad­mit­ted she had not been bul­lied in Can­berra, af­ter all.

What makes these fe­male politi­cians so keen to pose as vic­tims?

And what makes fe­male re­porters so keen to be­lieve them in the ab­sence of any ev­i­dence?

Would Margaret Thatcher have sobbed and sighed like this?

Aah, Thatcher. 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?

By smear­ing, sneer­ing, and be­lit­tling. It seems only vic­tims are wanted now. Is the age of strong women dead?

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