I fear for my daughters and I feel an onerous responsibility for my son.
Sixty-three women killed by violence in this country this year.
It’s still only September.
Men who hate women so much they kill them with axes, burn them, stab them, beat them to death. They kill their children too or otherwise ruin their lives.
I want to know the story of each, and I try to find out. I don’t mean the “story” in a prurient “that’s a terrible/shocking/disturbing” story sense. I mean the set of circumstances that gives rise to Australian men doing such things. And in the end, despite the myriad personalities and the domestic circumstances involved, the family court orders and anything else, it crystallises down to one thing: entrenched gender imbalance.
Men assault, rape and kill women and their children because they think they have a right to. And that is a terrifying, overwhelming problem that should exercise all of us, but none more so than Australian blokes.
Yes, I think fuck off you cunt is the appropriate reaction here.
For of course killing people is wrong, no doubt about that.
And two thirds of Australian murder victims are male.