Sunday, 2 July 2006

What does this say about Australian men?

Rumour has it that two male Big Brother housemates have been evicted from the house for quite a serious act of sexual harassment (you can read more details about the rumour at ausculture). The rumours are bad enough (if correct), but just as concerning to me is the response of quite a number of male commenters on ausculture about the incident.

This attitude that a women "deserved it," or "asked for it," or "was lucky to get the attention," is extremely concerning, particularly coming so soon after the disgusting revelations of what happened to Diane Brimble on that P&O Cruise. Incidents like these, and the reactions of some men in Australia, only reinforce how far we have to go in creating a society in which women can be safe from sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence.

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