JUST what is it you don’t understand, Eddie?
As a follow up to my article last week regarding men’s violence against women, I’ve listened with interest this week to the debate surrounding Eddie McGuire and his misguided comments directed at Caroline Wilson. Perhaps we should thank Eddie for helping to give the issue oxygen.
You think this is joke. Pass it off as friendly banter. Male bonding. A few blokes sitting around having a laugh. Cracking a gag. Then explain your jokes to the families who have lost a loved one to the violent actions of a man. You won’t need to look too far to find such a family. Currently the number stands at more than one a week.
Whilst you’re talking to the families, Eddie, explain why we live in a community where men’s violence against women is the highest contributor to death or injury for women aged between 15 and 44. If we continue to accept these comments as just friendly banter then we will never make inroads into this problem.
Interestingly, when surveyed, only 60 per cent of Herald Sun readers thought that Eddie’s comments were inappropriate. More disappointing was the view of Jeff Kennett in the same paper when he passed the comments off as a “humorous exchange”. Would the comments have stirred such debate if the subject was a man, he asked?
Sorry, Jeff, but you’re missing the point. They weren’t directed at a man. They were directed at a woman and were meant to be physically intimidating and threatening.
Remember the words of Ken Lay – school yard banter can later evolve into sexist jokes and catcalls and sink further to where it becomes sexual assault and domestic violence.
Wake up, Eddie. You’ve once again displayed your ignorance and failed in your role as an influential leader in our community.