White Ribbon.

Recently we here in Australia were subjected to the annual display of our community’s take on domestic violence. White ribbon day had arrived and with it the public displays by all and sundry had appeared on my Facebook feed. As someone who’s had the fortune of being slightly more interested in the subject than some of my peers, I’ve been exposed broadly speaking, to the various arguments for and against the message that this organisation promotes. If your unfamiliar with the concept the White Ribbon day will have you repeatedly observe persons form across the community “take a stand” and vow never to be violent towards women and children.

As noble as this may initially seem, I’ve come to disregard the posturing on this subject. The fact we have individuals who see the need to engage in this display in stating the obvious is mind numbing to say the least. It’s down there with the old “teach your sons not to rape” trope we see trotted out at times on social media. It leaves me wondering just what these people are seeing in the mirror when they’re standing there or what kind of kids they are bringing into this world.

The singular focus on male violence is the most galling aspect of these displays. It’s as if the female perpetrators of domestic violence don’t need to be recognised as a part of the issue. I’m not aware of any organisation as popular or publicly acknowledged as White Ribbon seeking to hold women accountable for their violence towards their families.

This factor is plainly sexist. And the blind eye aspect to this organisations activities doesn’t bode well for women who find themselves as a part of this cycle. I’ll state the obvious in saying that unlawful violence is just that, regardless of the gender of the guilty in the equation. It’s simply stunning we can’t acknowledge this factor and are as we see so often act in a dismissive manner towards it. I can’t see why we need to engage in this the way we’re encouraged to do.

If you’re unfamiliar with the name Erin Pizzey and you want the “other sides” witness do yourself a favour and look into her work and experience. It’ll provide you with some food for thought and leaving you questioning why and how we choose to accept and go along with the contemporary take on the subject. We need to grasp the fundamentals of this topic if we’re going to learn how to successfully deal with it. Again I’m stating the obvious but I don’t see that happening here in Australia at the moment.

Paris.

Here we go again.

If someone was to ask me my reaction to this I would say it was to be expected. There are many variables to be entertained as to predicting these events and there will always be those that allude to the immigration factor that we all know about in Europe at the moment. But it seems that the probability that French nationals are involved in these acts is a possibility puts paid to that idea.

There is also the idea that different cultures can produce this effect and this is a real consideration that needs to be taken into account but there’s always other factors at play. This in no way distracts from the facts of the case as that would be logically void.

All throughout history you can observe this layout and the particulars provide the detail that needs to be dealt with. I wonder how the authorities and public will engage a solution and deal with this problem and what side effects will occur. There’s always that to consider, if even in hindsight.

My thoughts on Paris.

We’ve all now witnessed the murdering in Paris and the reaction to this event. I watched, for the first time last night, the footage of the killing of Ahmed Merabet.

I had mixed feelings about what I saw. I can’t imagine what he was thinking as he faced off against two men armed with rifles with what I expect was only a handgun. To see someone bravely stand their ground and fight to defeat such an enemy increases my respect for those who actively work to counter these people more. To witness him fall and be defeated was heart wrenching to say the least. I can only imagine the sense of impotence, felt by those watching, as it happened.

I’m not sure what the world’s reaction to this will be. One can only hope that a thorough and detailed analysis of what it is that lead to this both specifically and generally be conducted and acted on appropriately.

The issue of freedom of speech has obviously come up again with arguments for and against being offered. in spite of what I may feel, it doesn’t detract from the obscenity of murdering people you disagree with. The form of thinking that accepts this course of action needs a solid counter. And there is no shortage of examples included in the reaction to the Charlie Habdo murders that exemplify what I’m talking about.

In light of this aspect, its bizarre to notice western leaders marching in Paris against the actions of these criminals and the debate about freedom of expression in their respective nations. Here in Australia it is reasonable to believe that a publication like Charlie Habdo would be judged unlawful. In that sense, these retrograde forces have won this aspect of the debate. I’d describe that factor as an unintended consequence but it’s a real factor in Australian life all the same.

Another reason that angers me is that, and this includes the people involved in similar scenarios in Australia, Canada and the U.K, is that the authorities knew of these people and their outlook on life. Most of them had been subject to criminal convictions and had displayed viscous intent before acting out the way they did. This is something that is vital in addressing the future prospect of preventing these crimes. We need to understand that our methods of dealing with violent individuals and organisations needs redressing and act responsively in line with community expectations.

I’m of the mind that this will not happen soon enough. It is something, for all our sakes, to work on.

Cairns, Manoora, Queensland.

Today was horrific for my home town of Cairns. Something that we haven’t seen in Australia, if I recall correctly, occurred in a suburb next to the one I live in.

According to the media reports, Queensland police received a call out to an address, responding to a report of a member of our community suffering knife wounds. Upon an immediate investigation the scene revealed that there were multiple homicide victims inside the home at the address.

The media reports eight children were found deceased inside the house.

No formal charges have been laid as the perpetrator has not been identified yet. The injured person is assisting police with their investigation.

I haven’t completed any further research on the specifics of the crime yet but the area is a known troubled location. The rule of thumb for locals here is “never buy a home in a suburb starting with the letter M”. I did and can say that the only drama I’ve personally had is some petty vandalism on my personal property.

I’m sincerely hoping that the family didn’t have a history of issues but I can admit to a sense of foreboding on this one. Australia has exhibited a habit of returning violent criminals to the public arena as events in Sydney recently brought to our attention.

It definitely focuses your sympathies to see a family destroyed in this manner and Cairns isn’t so big a city.