It’s very depressing to read/listen/watch Australian media this week.
I posted yesterday on the gang of youths that assaulted a developmentally delayed 17-year-old girl, forcing her to give them oral sex, urinating on her and setting her hair on fire. They sold homemade DVDs of the assault around Victorian high schools, which is the only reason that 4 months later the young men are finally now being questioned by police. [more] While most of the boys’ parents are horrified at the idea their sons could perpetrate such thuggery, there are unconfirmed reports (anyone got a link?) that some of the parents think the media are over-reacting.
A Muslim mufti is defending remarks made by him while preaching last month about women who dress immodestly being the cause of sexual violence from men.
“If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it “¦ whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat?” he said. “The uncovered meat is the problem “¦ if she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.”
And just to put the cherry on top of the week, a survey report has been released which shows that the anti-feminist rhetoric about women bashing men equally is now widely believed, despite the statistics about who ends up needing hospital treatment after domestic fracases and who does not. Lots of people still believe that women contribute to their own rapes by their behaviour despite grandmothers being raped and bashed in their own homes. But I imagine anyone attempting to counter that belief is going to be accused of overreacting.
Update: Kate has more at Moment to Moment, and Phil has generated a long comments thread at Larvatus Prodeo. Alecto has some thoughts about the effective marginalisation of Muslim women voices outraged by the sheikh.
And as the sheikh’s remarks have made the international media, there’s some reaction from foreign bloggers too: Echidne
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