June 11, 2003


This week’s Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin mentions Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, John Howard, Henry VII, Leonid Brezhnev, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Grease, the Scientific Panel of the Interim Committee on Nuclear Power, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tony King, Jilly Cooper, Sean McCarthy, Rene Rivkin, Di Fingleton, Shane Chartres-Abbott, McDonald's, Jack Straw, Colin Powell, and Paul Wolfowitz.

Letters this week focus on Deborah Light’s personal, painful story of her abuse at the hands of her father. I should have linked to this piece last week; harrowing.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 11, 2003 02:37 AM

I didnt read Deborah Light's article, sounds interesting though. I only noticed 1 letter (the one at the bottom) from a person saying women share the blame.

Posted by: Ken at June 11, 2003 at 08:41 AM

The article by Deborah Light perpetuates the myth that men are the perpetrators, and women the victims, of domestic violence.

Don't be taken in by predominantly left-wing feminist propaganda.

The facts are out there, and can be found on such websites as

Posted by: Indole Ring at June 11, 2003 at 10:19 AM

I can't understand how this woman would want to perpetuate such a myth when it's just so obviously the case that, more likely than not, that a ten year old girl was the perpetrator of recurring beatings of her mother, her siblings and the shooting of the family cat.

Sigh. I hope you are dabbling in irony. If not may I suggest you stop smoking the Bible and start reading it.

Posted by: Andrew at June 11, 2003 at 10:31 AM

Andrew, I notice you contributed a light-hearted comment to the story about a woman beating her partner to death with a shoe, further down the page.

Why do you think domestic violence is funny when a man is the victim?

Posted by: Indole Ring at June 11, 2003 at 10:45 AM

Because of the noises he makes?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at June 11, 2003 at 11:22 AM

I read the Deborah article after posting then rushed to work.

I wont outright say that it is being sexist against men, because it's not much different than saying most Islamic terrorists are Arab to me. She didnt seem to be on a crusade against evil men, but rather needing to get the message to women that they can exit that lifestyle.
Although, "he had a gun" kinda bugged me. As a gun owner I wonder if that fact HAD to be brought up, I dont notice her saying "he had a steak knife" despite the fact he would have. Guess it was needed to get the shooting of the cat bit in.

The comments for the story did bother me. A lot of women talking about non-physical abuse. Sorry but I honestly cannot comprehend why a woman would stay with a guy who uses words. Being scared of being beaten to death for running is one thing, but if it's only emotional ya can surely quit.

Posted by: Ken at June 11, 2003 at 07:10 PM