Sheehan is writing about violence against women, which is something men should be talking about it – that’s the point of White Ribbon Day – but my goodness, could he make it any more boring? If women tune out before they get to the end, what hope is there of men reading it?
Yes, violence against women is disgusting and should be stopped – that’s a no-brainer – but I have a couple of problems with articles like this. Firstly, the discussion around them tends to focus on sexual assaults, female genital mutilation and how Western feminists don’t care about their Muslim sisters, which is an accusation always levelled by a man to dismiss anything an Australian feminist says. Secondly, it implies that violence against women is the only problem women face. And thirdly, that it’s only important enough to talk about once a year on a special day.
Now, there’s quite a few of you who like to sit quietly up the back, but I’d really like to know what you think about this. Don’t be shy.
* Paul Sheehan is not a feminist