The imperfectability of humandkind

Protesters at the March 4 Justice Rally on March 15 in Canberra. Picture: Getty

These are the words of a complete fool:

The present movement brings rape centre stage in a national ­conversation that has been unrestrained and insistent.

It has already ventilated views about power and consent likely to have a significant impact on sexual relationships, and indeed all relationships between the sexes.

It’s been both thrilling and confronting. The right for women to freely engage in sex on their terms to know that even when drunk or unconscious they will not be raped, to be protected by our legal system, has never been so clearly articulated on such a national ­platform for so long.

This is from yet another fantasy piece of nonsense in The Oz: This is our time of reckoning. Matched with an even more unhinged article: Australian women are springloaded with rage. Kate, we will not forget in which we find:

From the depths of my being I am rage. For the promising debater, Kate, who took her life in June last year. For all the women who’ve been sexually invaded and carry within them a post-traumatic stress disorder that burdens them for the length of their lives. For the women who’ve been taught to be silent even before they leave school, I am rage. For the schoolgirls stepping forward in their thousands to reveal rapes and sexual assaults perpetrated by their teenage male peers, I am rage. For all of us who’ve been conditioned to excuse questionable male behaviour. For the patriarchal club that keeps women in their place — a quieter, lesser, subservient place — I am rage. For the betrayal of all the good men out there by the odious and insecure few, I am rage; because rape is about insecurity. Power. Misogyny. Control….

Many women will remember these torrid weeks, deep in our bones. We are springloaded with rage. There is power in our anger and we’ve been culturally conditioned to suppress it but this situation is tinder to the flame. We’ve had enough. The ghost of one of us – highly articulate and intelligent but thwarted by a burden she carried throughout her adult life – hangs over all of us. Kate, we will not forget.

Which this letter to the editor tries to deal with, also from today’s Oz:

Melissa Price recycles the unhelpful claim that it is men, in general, who need to “do better” to reduce sexual abuse (“Men hold the key to ensuring women are safe”, 19/3). Research resolutely points away from men in general but usefully pinpoints a dangerous subset.

Australia’s National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey is the world’s longest running (25 years) survey of its kind. In 2013, NCAS concluded that only “ … 4-6 per cent of Australians believe violence against women can be justified.” The 2017 NCAS report found Australians were even less likely to hold such views.

It is obviously unacceptable that 5 per cent — roughly one million Australians (the majority, men) — still believe violence against women is justifiable. Unfortunately, the most likely explanation combines criminology and psychiatry; the percentage of men with mental pathologies giving rise to violent personalities — which place them beyond reason — largely overlaps with the pattern of serious violence (including rape) against women, girls and boys.

The imperfectability of humankind is such that there will always be small numbers of men prone to acts of despicable violence. Regrettably, this means that women and girls must continue to take reasonable precautions to guard against them. Indeed, if we are to base our conduct in the best evidence, Ms Price’s understandable ambition that future generations of women are “confident to walk alone at night” must be seen as sadly unrealistic and unwise.

“The imperfectability of humandkind” of course includes women.

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