Control Freaks Redux
For some reason, I seem unable to comment on my own blog. Some sort of technical glitch.
Just as well, really, since it's worth highlighting the stuff I have been trying to post in response to faulty and misleading comments made by regular PaulR, who contends that
(1) Femicide is not such a big deal in Canada.
(2) Men are killed by their intimate partners just as often as women are killed by their intimate partners.
(3) A study I posted some time ago backs up (1) and (2).
(4) Men's Rights champion, author and professor Don Dutton should be considered as seriously on the subject of femicide as other academics with experience on the street and no anti-feminist agenda.
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
So, let's begin:
And down in the comments (where you will have to go to make the links in the screen grabs work):
So PaulR obliges like this:
Well Paul here are the facts:
You are cherry-picking here. Furthermore, you are citing decades-old numbers. So, let's go with the latest that I can find, shall we? (And the good news is, domestic violence is decreasing -- probably because, IMO, women have the means to get out more than they used to and because, researchers like Peter Jaffe, are helping police to identify possible wife-murderers before they commit their crimes.)
Statistics Canada numbers for 2007, the latest available.
separated, and divorced) and 21 men killed by their wife. The female victim spousal homicide rate was 2.6 times higher than the rate for male victims. However, in 2006, the rate for male spousal victims increased to its highest level in a decade, while the rate for females fell for the fifth consecutive year.
None of these numbers accounts for the rate of much graver physical injury of women by their partners, sexual assault, or other forms of femicide such as the continued killings of sex workers.
More research here. Tons of it in fact. More. You get the point.
Although feminists have strengthened a social scientific understanding of woman abuse and havehelped curb this problem, current U.S. and Canadian federal governments are rejecting feminist recommendations and are creating policies that are explicitly anti-feminist. For example, in 2006, Status of Women Canada removed the word “equality” from its list of goals. Still, Dutton claims that “mainstream governments came to support domestic violence policy based on radical feminism” (p.153). To the best of my knowledge, there is no conclusive evidence to support this assertion, while there is ample evidence showing that the governments led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President George W. Bush are intent on buttressing the efforts of fathers’ rights groups and other conservative movements that fundamentally oppose feminist scholarship and practice.
That's by Walter S. DeKeseredy, Professor of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.plus Chair of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology.
Lots more critiques where that came from.
Please spare us the MRA agenda rhetoric, which you serve up with wordy helpings of Stats 101 for which I would give you a FAIL.