Monday, 21 July 2008

Victim Blaming

It appears New Zealand is having a victim blaming weekend. I was hoping to write something a little more complex as I got back into the swing of blogging - the limits of an analysis of prejudice maybe, or just more about Joss Whedon. But no

Stuff headlines the article about a double murder in Auckland with Crime of passion at Auckland apartment leaves two dead. The article includes the following quote:
Sources said a 30-year-old Iraqi man walked in on "something he shouldn't" yesterday morning which led to a 2½ hour standoff with police.
I'm not even linking to the article on the inside page, which is describing how Kristin Dunne-Powell behaved before and after having her back broken by Tony Veitch. Guess what? It's not relevant.

Then Ethical Martini (whose ethics appears not to be above a little victim blaming) asks the vital questions, such as was Tony Veitch being blackmailed (nope not linking to that either). Got to love the passive voice, it's easier to hide the fact that you're victim blaming when you don't mention the name.

All this is, of course, sending a message. The same message that the woman who was raped by the English rugby players received. If you are abused by a famous man, do everything you can to keep it quiet, otherwise your every move will be evaluated and dissected, and you will be blamed for the abuse.

Can I make this absolutely clear:

It is never women's fault or responsibility when men abuse them.



Not even if she's drunk.


Not even then.



Helen said...

Bravo - NEVER!

artandmylife said...

Great post - thanks

Anonymous said...

My now ex wife threatened and slashed me with a knife and after (court supervised counseling) I now know it was my fault. It is NEVER a womans fault it is ALWAYS the mans fault. I provoked my ex into this action by not earning enough money, by having a low status job therefore Im a bad person.

Anna McM said...

Your satire really just proves the point, Anon: it's never OK for a person to abuse another, and never the fault of the abused person. Feminists concern themselves with violence by men against women because it's so horribly prevalent, not because we condone violence by women against men, or don't take other forms of violence seriously. If you've understood Maia's post as justifying violence against men, you need to read it again.