It stems from Channel 9’s coverage of an attack on a woman on a train. They show graphic, and I mean graphic, CCTV footage of the attack, and it is replayed over and over during the course of the story. I was horrified when I saw it last night, and I notice that it’s up on the Ninemsn site today. I don’t even know what to make of it. I think it’s feeding something unhealthy to show violence in this detail (be it against women, men, children) but on the other hand, I have absolutely no evidence for that, and maybe it functions in a cautionary sense, or perhaps the shock it evokes can lead to positive outcomes. I genuinely don’t know whether it is right or wrong, a positive or a negative. I do feel upset, though.
In the course of asking White Ribbon for any thoughts, I noticed something else – related, so bear with me. Not one of the Tweeters (Twitterers?) I know who follows White Ribbon is male. Sometimes I wonder if we shouldn’t spend less energy on whether other women are/are not/are-but-aren’t-the-right-type of Feminists, and devote more time to the conversation with men – what’s their stance on Feminism? What’s their stance on violence against women? Have they taken the White Ribbon Oath? Would they be open to it? The work White Ribbon are doing in schools, for instance (and I’m thinking of a particular incident that occurred in a school near me) is having a hugely positive impact on both genders.