This is simply so sexist! Why do people think that this is an appropriate way to report or campaign on a serious matter?
Women and children could die
Well, what about men? Has this been completely forgotten then? Or perhaps nobody really took any notice of it in the first place!
Men get hurt too
Men get killed as well
Or perhaps men dying doesn't really matter. To say that this latest shot in an otherwise worthy campaign is stereotypical would be a crashing understatement. Let's be clear - men deserve and are entitled to the protection of the law every bit as much as women or children. Making men invisible in terms of protection shows a callous disregard for 50% of the population. Quite rightly, that sort of attitude towards women has been pilloried for decades and the sort of overt discrimination which they suffered is at least expressly condemned if it has yet to be entirely eliminated.
Google domestic violence and you will find a plethora of sites discussing violence against women. Now that remains a national scandal and it seems that few of the initiatives of the last 20 years have had much effect in reducing its incidence. However, failing to recognise the existence of male victims and brushing them off as a statistical irrelevance is, I have to say, deeply prejudiced. Perhaps not consciously prejudiced but prejudiced nonetheless. The Lawrence enquiry found the police to be institutionalist racists. Is family law in danger of becoming institutionalised sexists?
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