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Feminism Friday: We need a change

Feminism Friday

I briefly mentioned in last week’s Feminism Friday about being disappointed that once again following the death of a woman, we were being advised to not walk in parks alone. It seemed to erupt on Twitter and everywhere else about how feminists were attacking the detective for what was common sense. The thing is, we weren’t attacking him. I’m sure he’s just as helpless as us. But the thing is, we need a change in the system. We need a change in sentencing laws — something that will well and truly bring about change. Amy probably explains this in a clearer way than I ever can.

This week, I read some incredible articles by bloggers on domestic violence. Given that so far, almost 2 Australian women have been killed by a partner or ex-partner just this year, these articles are so relevant and so important. Dorothy wrote about what you can do to help someone experiencing domestic violence. One of the biggest problems is that people tend to judge the woman for not leaving. Dorothy explains why women don’t leave. You must read her blog as she shares a lot of her own experience. Jess‘ post was another one that touched me this week. It was about growing up with an abusive father and is a raw and heart-wrenching read. Once again though, it clearly explains why women don’t leave.

So you see, something has to be done at a government level. Women are vigilant anyway. I think we have had to learn to do that. But when it’s your partner who is the perpetrator, no amount of vigilance is going to help. We need a cultural change and a systemic change. While we can continue to voice our need for change through social media, in the end, we need the people in power to implement the changes.

We need a change at the top.

Are you just as tired as I am to be told not to do things or go places just because of your gender?

Do share.

***Linking with Grace for FYBF and Ann for Things I Know***

Until next time,


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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    27 March 2015 at 11:57 am

    We really do need change. For saying so, I’ve been somewhat hounded by a member of the #notallmen brigade. I probably need to write something on that but I’m sorry to admit I’m quite daunted by the idea!
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  • Deborah
    27 March 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I noted today that the government has reversed its decision to cut some domestic violence funding, which is fantastic!!! (But mostly thanks to a lot of lobbying!)

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  • simple girl
    27 March 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I am tired as hell. Very tired to deal with this nonsense day in and day out. So much tired that I do not have the energy to dodge every single such trash shoved in my way …

  • Mandy Barbie Bieber Beyond
    27 March 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’m tired of feeling like I can’t go certain places because of my gender. I don’t think the detective was saying we shouldn’t walk the streets at night just because we are female, I think he is genuinely trying to keep us safe. We shouldn’t have to feel like this, but the fact remains, female or not, there are certain people out there that would do us harm and like it or not that is the way of the world unfortunately. It shouldn’t be…but it is….. sentencing laws definitely need to change though.
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  • Pinky Poinker
    27 March 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I think about my 18 year old daughter every time she leaves the house. I have an annoying habit where I yell out, “Be careful! Drive carefully! Don’t walk anywhere alone!”
    I do the same for my sons too. There are disturbed people out there randomly attacking men and women and as a mother of newly flown birds I worry all the time. We can’t lock girls or boys in a closet but only give them the knowledge (not fear) of self preservation and safe measures. We also need to be aware of people in our community who look like they may be about to go “off the rails” and help them before they do something bad. Do you agree Sanch?
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