Sunday Reads: Truth

Cartoons via Cagle:

Some tweets starting with an article from The Guardian that tells us something we already know:

According to analysis of FBI data, of all female homicides accounted for in 2018 where the relationship between perpetrator and victim could be identified, 92% of cases involved women or girls killed by a man they knew, 63% of whom were killed by current husbands, ex-husbands or current boyfriends.

I feel like pulling my hair, but then I think why bother.

These people are dangerous:

This is an open thread.

10 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Truth”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Morning, I hope your day goes well…

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

  3. djmm says:

    Excellent post.

    Violence against women and children in the US is a hidden epidemic. (There are also women who abuse men and violence in gay couples as well, but with three women a day in the US killed by male partners…)

    I note that the Guardian points out that the US has a much bigger problem than some other countries, with some men viewing women as property. Is this view handed down in families or is this somehow embedded in our culture? Is it passed along among young men in our high schools? Is it in the video games or movies or magazines marketed to young men? In some churches? (I considered punching a preacher at a wedding who went off on an unapproved — by the bride, at least — discussion of how the woman must be subservient to the man in the middle of the wedding service. Her parents were shocked but the groom looked smug. The bride was later abused by her husband and finally left him. But I digress.)

    How do we uproot it? There have been anti-bullying efforts in schools — do we need similar efforts on treating each other with respect? What will it take to get attention on women’s safety as an issue (as opposed to treating each incident that happens, if reported at all, as an isolated incident)?

    Women’s lives matter, too.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Misogyny and racism are poisons and not easily eradicated. I certainly don’t have an answer as to why it remains such a problem even into what we consider modern times. Bullies, misogynists and racists feel weak and disempowered. I think wealth inequality exacerbates things. Poverty is cruel and it breaks people.

      • E says:

        Just to add – I don’t mean to apply those traits belong only to people in poverty. Entitlement and wealth are equally corrupting.

  4. djmm says:

    I agree that poverty is cruel and can create terrible stress in relationships. However, some abusive men I personally know of are/were well educated and quite well off. Abuse of women (and children) cuts across all lines income, education, race, and religion.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I agree – I actually posted an addendum to my reply above but it went into moderation. Wealth brings an entitlement that soaks up that poison quite well. The good old boy network functions as well today as it ever did, maybe better considering the wealth gap.

  5. quixote says:

    The fun part is we get to watch misogyny in action with the whole “Missing White Woman” focus.

    How long did it take for the focus to slide off the horrific levels of violence against women and onto Let’s-make-this-about-race?

    The focus could have stayed on women while including people of color. But it didn’t. We get to watch attention on women disappear in real time.

  6. dakinikat says: