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?
Until next time,