‘Most dangerous place’ for women is inside their own home, UN study says

More than half of female murder victims last year globally, were killed by their partners or family members a new United Nations study has reported.

“The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere,” said UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov.

Source: ‘Most dangerous place’ for women is inside their own home, UN study says

Queensland police constable told to give evidence in domestic violence privacy case

The Queensland police officer who leaked a domestic violence victim’s details has been ordered to give evidence in her breach of privacy case.

Julie* was forced to go into hiding after a senior constable, Neil Punchard, accessed her address from the police QPRIME database and sent it to her former husband, who has been convicted of domestic violence.

Punchard was disciplined by the police but not suspended, sacked or charged. Last week police tried to prevent him from being called as a witness. The tribunal has ordered that he must attend.

Source: Queensland police constable told to give evidence in domestic violence privacy case | Australia news | The Guardian

Proposed structural changes to family courts will not deliver desired outcomes

National legal advocacy body Law Council of Australia has recommended that Bills to reform the structure of the existing Federal Circuit Court and Family Court “not be implemented at this point in time”.

Source: Proposed structural changes to family courts will not deliver desired outcomes: LCA – Lawyers Weekly

What’s Behind the Transgender Movement, and Where Is It Going?

With lightning speed, an aggressive social movement promoting acceptance of transgenderism in American society has emerged and gained steam.

The articles below provide thoughtful answers to questions about this radical movement, which seeks millions in Defense Department funding to transform the culture of our military.  Insights of the authors, and empirical research they cite, are valuable in understanding the issue as it has developed in recent months.

For example, Jennifer Bilek cites Forbes in reporting that billionaire “transwoman” Jennifer Pritzker (formerly James) gave a $1.35 million grant to the Michael D. Palm Center.  The grant is helping the California-based LGBT activist group to “create research validating military transgenderism.

Source: What’s Behind the Transgender Movement, and Where Is It Going? – CMR

I Think You’ve Been Looking For Me: The legacy of forced adoption: 300,000 unmarried Canadian women had to give up their babies

In the years after the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of unmarried mothers from North America, Australia, and the UK were systemically and often violently separated from their babies by forced adoption.

In July 2018, after hearing testimony from individuals affected by Canada’s and Australia’s forced adoption practices, the Senate Committee on Social Affairs released a report called The Shame is Ours.

The report recommends “that the federal government deliver a formal apology in Parliament within the coming year, and that it make reparations”, including professional counselling for survivors of Canada’s forced adoption practices. The Australian Government delivered a formal apology to people affected by past forced adoption in 2013.

Source: I Think You’ve Been Looking For Me: The legacy of forced adoption: 300,000 unmarried Canadian women had to give up their babies

Red Dead Suffragettes: When violence against women is reflected in our culture

The video of an in-game attack on an “annoying feminist” is a prime example of how endemic male rage against political women is in every aspect of our culture.

On 28 October, 2018, the YouTube channel of “Shirrako” uploaded a gameplay video from hugely popular cowboy videogame Red Dead Redemption 2, showing the player’s avatar punching a woman into unconsciousness, under the title “Beating Up Annoying Feminist”. Shirrako had almost 500,000 subscribers and the video quickly gained over 1.5 million views.

This “funny moment” Shirrako seems so blasé about, was so gratifying to them that a number of other videos of their attacks on the suffragist were uploaded over the next few days; “Annoying Feminist Fed To Pigs”, “Annoying Feminist Fed to Alligator”, “Dropping a Feminist To Hell” and “Trolling Feminist NPC Until She Gives Up”. This is an attack repeatedly played out, over and over again in different ways, with clearly identifying markers connecting the historical virtual world to our present. It has one message: watch me abuse, beat and brutalise this feminist.

Source: Red Dead Suffragettes: When violence against women is reflected in our culture

We can’t wait any longer for men to speak up for women’s safety

42% of Australians believe that women make up false reports of sexual assault in order to punish men. 32% believe that “a female victim who does not leave an abusive relationship is responsible for the abuse continuing”.

Nine out of 10 women who have been sexually assaulted knew their assailant. But, according to the findings from the NCAS, only one third of Australians actually know this.

The root cause of this horrifying statistic is linked to two key findings of the 2017 NCAS: that denying gender inequality exists remains a huge problem, and promoting rigid gender roles has a significant impact on attitudes towards violence against women.

Source: We can’t wait any longer for men to speak up for women’s safety | Saxon Mullins | Opinion | The Guardian

Harder, better, faster, stronger: why we must protect female sports

No female has broken the 100m ’10 second barrier’, or even been close. Males, however, have a list of sub-10 seconders.  There are 136 men who have run sub-10 second 100m sprints (2, 7). One naturally wonders how populous a list of males running faster than 10.49s would be. Well, it’s a long list, too extensive to plot from 1988 onwards. But in 2017 alone, the last full season of races, 744 senior males ran 100m faster than 10.49s for a combined total of 2825 runs.

But forget 58 senior males running at Olympic level. She’s not beating 64 junior UK males who have ever run under 10.49s (10). The most well-tuned, explosive woman who ever trained her eye down a 100m track is beaten by 64 bumfluffed British juniors.

She’s also not faster than lots of males who don’t run track professionally.

This 10% performance gap between males and females is not just evident in runners but in other speed events such as swimming, cycling and rowing.

The 10% performance gap starts to widen as we stretch our search beyond speed . . . In jumping events, the gap is around 15% (2) and in throwing events, it is 20-30+% . . . [t]he final event type I will consider, one relying on sheer muscular strength, provides the most clear cut difference in male and female ability.

Males are faster. Males are stronger. The performance gap between male and female athletes is utterly astounding; it’s not a “gap”, it’s the Grand Canyon. Without sex-segregated sporting categories, the most wonderful 10.49s that female athletics has ever seen would be a footnote in history. We owe it to the female sports stars of today and to the girls who aspire to be tomorrow’s sporting heroes to fight for their right to take home gold.

Source: Harder, better, faster, stronger: why we must protect female sports – FondOfBeetles