Having a brief catch up around some of my favourite blogs, I came across reference to the gang rape of a 10 year old in Queensland, in which all the young male rapists were excused by the Prosecutor for “experimentation”.
In a country where about one in three women are raped or sexually assaulted during their lifetimes, where gang rape and other such criminal, malicious acts of hatred and violence by men are considered male bonding or just the footy team letting off some steam, this really does hit a new low.
Ten years old for f*cks sake!
The Hoydens were as angry and stunned as I am.
The Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, has stood down the Prosecutor and some others who were involved in putting the girl at risk… but it’s a bit too little too late.
Not only that, but the message such a case and the subsequent reportage sends to women and girls in Australia is that it’s somehow acceptable that men treat us like walking toilets that they can jerk off into any time they like, whether we wish to participate or not.
The Queensland Police Commissioner doesn’t seem to think that greater policing of the State’s far north, or protection of vulnerable children, is required.
She was female, and an Aboriginal female at that. An opinion piece about the crime touches on some important points, while managing to avoid venturing into Feminist polemic… As if Feminist polemic is not relevant in this case.
In refusing to single out for punishment grown men who have sex with “skinny” 10-year-olds, Bradley is sending a message that Aborigines are expected to behave like animals.
Her intentions are noble, but the outcome is insidiously racist: the rape of a little black girl becomes less of a crime than the rape of a white one.
Of course, any woman who’s been abused by men knows all about what it’s like to try and get justice, or healing, in this nation.
Many of us who live a life which is a mere relic of sexual and other abuse are angered but not really surprised by any of this. It will be interesting to see how the case of Andrew Bowen resolves. Note that the report of his appearance in court terminates on the note that the maximum penalty for rape is 25 years imprisonment. How many men who rape women serve 25 years in prison, I wonder?
Probably not as many as go to churches where other men in suits, vested in divine authority, rant and rave about the victim’s responsibility to forgive.
And that’s what this is really all about, isn’t it? The persistance of a world view that teaches that women are not as human as men. That we are somehow obliged to provide sex for men, particularly the man who owns us, or buys us. And should we fall pregnant, the offspring of the man in question is of course worth more than the body, life or decision of the pregnant woman. Note how this case is reported focussing on the difficulty navigating Victoria’s abortion laws causes doctors… with little mention of what any woman might desire for her own life. We’re already too conditioned to the misogyny of religious nut-jobs who will vilify any person who even thinks about discussing the idea that a woman should have any ownership of her own body.
It’s the 21st century and still we live in a culture where men as a class are socially defined as superior to women as a class. This disparity is deeply entrenched and still actively, brutally enforced by the putrid troglodytes who use their penises as weapons… and tolerated if not enjoyed by many, many others. That’s why it’s called male privilege.