April 23rd 2016


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Euthanasia: Application of the lesson from cultural history (Part 2)

SPECIAL FEATURE Defence White Paper: Being defenceless invites attack

CANBERRA OBSERVED Banking inquiry suddenly top of Labor's agenda

EDITORIAL Turnbull's school funding plan will help Shorten

FAMILY AND SOCIETY SSCA embeds sexualisation of children in schools

FEMINISM AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Time is ripe to counter the bad-mouthing with truth

SEX EDUCATION "Gender identity" puts vulnerable kids in danger: Pediatricians

THE GENDER AGENDA When schools make Christian kids feel like the enemy

BRITISH POLITICS Corbyn: eccentric, yes; harmless, not so much

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Dear LGBTQs, Christians want for you what you want

HUMOUR

MUSIC Jazz: from common tongue to cliquey dialect

CINEMA The bleak dawn of justice: Batman v Superman

BOOK REVIEW Pius XII acts sub rosa

BOOK REVIEW Meet the new userers

LETTERS

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FEMINISM AND FAMILY VIOLENCE
Time is ripe to counter the bad-mouthing with truth


by Warwick Marsh

News Weekly, April 23, 2016

I will always remember the day in 2003 I took a leading UK feminist, Adrienne Burgess, to parliament in Canberra to meet with feminist parliamentarians in the Labor Party. Adrienne Burgess, a former hardline Trotskyite, had realised the deep need for a renewal of fatherhood in Western society. She was so profoundly convinced of the problem of fatherlessness, that she wrote a bestselling book called Fatherhood Reclaimed.

Warwick Marsh

I took Adrienne Burgess, a leading father-friendly feminist, to Parliament House to work towards a cultural shift among feminists in both the Labor and Liberal parties. What surprised me were the first words she uttered as a greeting to her fellow feminists in the parliament. “All men are bastards.” They nodded and smiled. I was a bit shocked and later Adrienne confided in me that this was the best way to win their support. I shuddered inside.

In 30 plus years in the men’s movement I have never heard men denigrate all women collectively; but the feminist movement seemed to be utterly united around the concept that all men are to be denigrated.

Bettina Arndt’s story in The Australian (March 30, 2016), entitled “Fiona Richardson’s story fails the gender test”, gives us all more cause to shudder.

Arndt wrote: “Daniel Andrews today responds to the report from Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Victorian Premier will be joined by Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, who exposed her own family’s violent history on the ABC’s Australian Story this week.

“Ironically, the program was a classic example of the misleading, distorted way the issue of domestic violence is being dealt with in this country.

“It’s hard to imagine a more striking illustration of our society’s determination to focus only on aggression by men and whitewash the role of women in family violence.

“Almost the entire program focused on this chilling story: her brother hitting the floor ‘like a bag of spuds’ after a punch from the drunken father, the family living in fear of the man’s violent attacks.

“There was only the briefest mention of the other side of this story, the reason Richardson’s mother, Veronica Power, gave for her attraction to such an aggressive man. ‘I thought beating was normal because my mother always beat me,’ she said.

“That’s not all. She mentions in passing that her violent mother, who had five husbands, required her to ‘spend time’ with a man who was her current partner’s son, a man 20 years older than Power, who was 14 at the time. He groomed her and took her virginity.

“So the violent grandmother sets up her teenage daughter to be groomed for sex by this much older man – a man with whom the grandmother apparently also shared an intimate relationship, and the man who ultimately became Richardson’s father.

“How come this extraordinary story of the sexual exploitation of a daughter by her violent mother rates only the briefest mention in a program in which the father’s behaviour is examined in endless detail?”

I should not have been surprised by how many leading feminist politicians and academics greet each other by denigrating the male of the species. See the boxed quotes from feminist academics from the last 50 years. Almost all of them are highly respected professors and authors, many are household names. Some of these quotes make the “All men are Bastards” mantra look pretty tame.

So, what is the answer? First, we must heed the words of Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Second, we men must ask the women in our lives to speak up for the male of the species because our gender is under intense attack.

Our children are brought into this world by a mother and a father and they are served best when brought up by the same. To advocate the denigration of either the masculine or the feminine by ideology or government decree is to destroy both genders and is tantamount to child abuse.

We must make a stand for our children at this time because they will suffer unless we act. We must initiate the love revolution in our society by telling the truth. As George Orwell said: “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Warwick Marsh has been married to Alison for 40 years. He has five childran and six grandchildren. He is a musician, writer, producer and public speaker. He blogs at www.justaman.com.au

 

I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.

Andrea Dworkin, writer and lecturer

I feel that man-hating is an honourable and viable political act.

Professor Robin Morgan

The nuclear family must be destroyed … Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process.

Professor Linda Gordon

The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10 per cent of the human race.

Professor Sally Miller Gearhart




























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