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.
“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.’
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.
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