TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses domestic violence and sexual assault.


White Ribbon has blasted Mark Latham‘s complete and utter bile this morning vis-à-vis domestic violence, saying his words show a complete “lack of understanding and knowledge of this complex issue”, which is probably the nicest criticism anyone’s offered him all day.

ICYMI it earlier, Mark used his debut podcast on Triple M (with the nightmare-conjuring name of ‘Lathamland‘) to sledge Rosie Batty and explain that domestic violence was a “coping mechanism” for men who have been emasculated by feminism, and Rosie was actually making things a lot worse. It was 18 minutes of pure sludge.

Since Triple M is a supporter of White Ribbon (and because they’d commissioned Mark to talk his total bollocks in the first place), they too were widely condemned. Yet while White Ribbon is happy to slam Latham, they were less keen to condemn the radio station for allowing him.

In a statement, White Ribbon Australia’s Chair John Rosewarne said:

“Mark Latham’s views on domestic violence, as aired by Triple M, show his lack of understanding and knowledge of this complex issue, including its prevalence, causes and community response.

“Triple M are committed to bringing the conversation on men’s violence against women to the fore. They stand by their decision to run Mark Latham’s podcast as they believe the conversation needs to happen amongst men no matter how uncomfortable it is and the view presented.

“Through such conversations, we as a community, can address the falsehoods that influence some men’s response. White Ribbon works with partners to encourage conversations, and exchanges that promote an informed understanding of the issue.

“White Ribbon is about men talking to and listening to other men to drive understanding and prevention of the abuse of women. It’s about men letting other men know that men’s violence against women in any form is never okay.”

This predictable yet solidly unhelpful view is echoed by Triple M’s Network Head Mike Fitzpatrick, who said in a statement:

“Triple M stands side by side with White Ribbon and will continue to push conversations about domestic violence no matter how uncomfortable. This is an issue that needs to be spoken about.

“We call for all men to stand up and hold those who commit acts of violence against women and children to account.”

Look guys if you want to hold men accountable, you can remove Mark from your payroll and replace him with someone who’s willing to engage men in how we can fix the issue of domestic violence, and do it better than ‘Well if all the FEMINISTS and LEFTIES stopped hurting men’s feelings then we might stop hurting their bodies.’

(Case in point: A Change.org petition for Triple M to dump him already has reached 630+ signatures.)

On the complete other end of the spectrum from Latham, Greens leader Richard Di Natale posted a video message to Rosie Batty on Facebook today, thanking her for all her work as Australian of the Year.

On behalf of The Australian Greens, thank you Rosie Batty for your tireless work and advocacy, bringing violence against…

Posted by Senator Richard Di Natale on Thursday, 21 January 2016

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