If you happen to be a woman living in Australia, now is the time to get angry. Not just alert or alarmed, but truly angry. You need to be furious because If you happen to be a woman living in Australia, now is the time to get angry. Not just alert or alarmed, but truly angry as abortion rights and the family court come under threat
The deaths of Ms Maureen Mandijarra, Ms Mullaley’s son baby Charlie, Ms Dhu, Ms Amy Armstrong-Ugle, Ms Maher, Ms Williams and her unborn child, Aunty Tanya Day, Ms Cherdeena Wynne and Ms Joyce Clarke shows the fatal consequences of a legal system that refuses to protect Aboriginal woman, and a health system that too refuses to care. These systems work together like a well-oiled machine with devastating results. The one place in which Aboriginal woman should be able to count on to find recourse, one would think, would be the Human Rights Commission. But of course, it too is a state-sanctioned institution that fails to serve Aboriginal women in much the same way that the health and justice systems do.
In June this year, the HRC published ‘Let’s Talk About Race: a guide on how to conduct a conversation about racism’ which seeks to promote “positive” “constructive” and “objective” conversations about racism, to accompany the documentary ‘The Final Quarter’. The guide forms part of the HRC’s signature campaign ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ which doesn’t appear to attend to the violence of racism, but instead advises that racism can cause “feelings of sadness and anger, even anxiety and depression”. The HRC assures us however, that racism exists among “a small minority of people”.
The prevalence of sexual violence or coercion among trans and gender diverse people is exceptionally high. Survey participants reported lifetime rates of sexual violence or coercion nearly four times higher than has been found among the general Australian public.
You’ll have to forgive women and children’s safety advocates for their suspicion when we’ve just had a Parliamentary Inquiry into the family law system in 2017 followed by a comprehensive review of the family law system undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2018 and the government goes off and announces another “wide-ranging inquiry into the family law system” headed up by Liberal MP Kevin Andrews and One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.
In truth, we don’t need another inquiry, we need action.
It also wasn’t so long ago that one of the key opponents to Berejiklian’s handling of the bill, Tanya Davies, was the state’s Minister for Women, and issuing reports and initiatives aimed at ’empowering’ women and girls. Having previously promised to join the cross bench if her amendments to the abortion bill were rejected, Davies is now part of the trio orchestrating this spill, along with Matthew Mason-Cox and Lou Amato.
The move by the rogue MPs is unlikely to be successful but is no doubt designed to weaken Berejiklian’s leadership and keep the abortion issue firmly on the table, more than 119 years after it was first instated.
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) then pre-eclampsia (PE) are two conditions I wish on no woman and Rebecca experienced both. They are both debilitating and potentially life-threatening conditions of pregnancy and she is also dealing with the emotional burden of a spouse who is upset about the marriage equality plebiscite. Upset enough to see his own allied health professional. Autogynephilic (AGP) men are known to seek transition, aka attention, while their wives are pregnant. This is a pattern in the albeit scant literature of when some males transition. Instead of waiting to transition and support a clearly unwell pregnant woman, Isabelle begins elective medical sterilisation which is known to cause physical inconveniences. Attention seeking, much?.
The trans narrative insists, many times violently insists, many times with claims of bigotry that using the term, ‘mother’ is ‘misgendering’, is ‘transphobic’, and ‘erasure’, many times using the unwitting police to harass women (mostly). Many women have been banned from internet forums for the ideological crime of saying ‘mother’. Ironically, it is also telling that a transwoman, a biological man, now has the license to use the term ‘biological mothers’. How we hate women. We steal their words and apply them to biological men.
There is no way on earth a biological male becomes a ‘female’ as ABC has published beneath the fifth photo. “Isabelle transitioned to being female while Rebecca was pregnant with their son.” This is utter biological nonsense, it fell from a cow’s behind. The national broadcaster should be ashamed of publishing this gaslighting, political fiction. This is grooming the public for a hidden purpose. What is the purpose?
New research focusing on women in NSW and the NT uncovers scary stories of women forced to remain in abusive relationships due to a lack of housing, with women losing their children to care because they could not provide a safe environment.
- A lack of housing is sending children of women in abusive relationships into care because they have nowhere safe to take them
- Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised for domestic violence than their non-Indigenous counterparts
- One survivor wants authorities to have more power to make perpetrators leave the family home, rather than mothers with children
With the advent of the birth control, and abortion reform laws women were able to take more control over their reproduction. Changes to the Family Law Act in 1975, also allowed women to leave unhappy and abusive marriages. This has had an impact on the number of women raising children on their own.
Emily Wolfinger has analysed this trend and argues that whilst the denigration of single mothers on moral grounds has decreased, they now face being labelled as ‘welfare dependents”, resulting in “punitive and paternalistic policy measures”.
The oppression of women, and single mothers in particular, has been going on since the beginning of patriarchy, almost 5,000 years ago.
The witch hunts were about controlling and the oppression of women. Women are required to be under control of a male within the nuclear family and hence under the control of the state. And the treatment of single mothers today is indicative of state’s continued control and oppression of women.