Two drunk women got on a bus. They verbally abused a number of the passengers, including an elderly male. He had the effrontery to talk back, and so they physically assaulted him, breaking his glasses and bruising him.
What is interesting is how the news story changes as it goes. At first, there was some outrage because it was a “racial attack”, but it turned out that the man was not aboriginal, so it wasn’t really racial. So “elderly” and “vision impaired” apparently doesn’t really cut it for the social justice warriors. He needed to be all three things. Being “just a man” he then simply slips out of the story due to a complete lack of interest.
The news coverage of the incident therefore changes focus from the assault on this man by these women to the effects that this violence (note, not female violence, just gender neutral, could have been anyone, violence) has on women and children, and, naturally, what men should do to stop it.
The Courier Mail links to a TV report which shows the incident in all its glory. Cut then to the little girl, 13, who filmed the incident. She was upset. She showed the footage to her mother. Her mother was shocked, disgusted and in tears.
That’s multi-tasking for you.
An elderly man had been assaulted on the bus, but the mother was shocked, disgusted and in tears because she saw a video. It seems that she was so shocked and disgusted that she decided to show a TV station the footage. A few days later, it’s now going on TV, and so therefore it is now a news story, and the police are now looking into the matter.
The news desk reporter cuts to a second reporter who was live at the scene, or near the scene, or in the area, or had once been on a bus. Thank God she was there live, because the incident had happened, as I said, several days before.
The live reporter was concerned that the bus driver did nothing. At least, that’s what they’re calling it. Perhaps the driver should have slammed on the brakes, throwing several passengers, including the two drunk women and the elderly, vision impaired man, through the front window.
Maybe that would have been a better story.
No, the driver did nothing except bring the bus to a halt as quickly and safely as possible. If you watch carefully, you’ll see that a man, I’m sorry, a passenger, then got up and threw the women off the bus. If you watch the TV report about fifty times, and read the Courier Mail report one hundred times, you’ll still not see one word of thanks for that man, sorry, passenger.
Instead, the complaints were, according to the live reporter, that parents on the bus were concerned that their children were being upset and that no one had done anything about it sooner.
Apparently, it would have been too much to ask those same parents, that is mothers, to do something about it themselves. However far women’s equality might have come, Patriarchy is still holding adult women back when it comes to their own physical danger.
Let me say that another way: You can ask men to stop the violence of other men, but you can’t ask women to stop the violence of other women.
Speaking of equality, note the gender free quote from the Police Minister Jack Dempsey in the Brisbane Times
It’s deplorable to think that an individual can think they can use this type of violence against an elderly person on a public transport vehicle.
That’s right. Jacky boy is not going to condemn women for abusing their privileges now, is he? And he is not going to acknowledge sympathy for a man either
The multi-tasking mother is quoted in the Courier Mail with these gems:
You never expect two young girls to beat up an old man on a bus in the middle of the day, it’s unheard of.
Shame on the girls, shame on the men on the bus and shame on the bus driver for not doing anything.
Well, we do hear of it deary. It just doesn’t make the headlines the way male violence does. And mostly it is “individuals attack an elderly person” and not “entitled women bully a elderly man”.
And as for the “shame on the men”? Hands up all those who think that the multi-tasking mother would have bravely confronted the two drunk women. My guess is that she would have cowered just like every other female on the bus did.
And the man, sorry, passenger, who did throw them off the bus while the adult women cowered? Did the mother thank him? He didn’t rate a mention, probably because he didn’t do something sooner.
The Courier Mail then has a link to an opinion piece by Justin Lees, which berates men for not standing up to “feral females” who assaulted a man on a train in Melbourne last year. We then get a contorted “stand up”, but “don’t put yourself in danger”, but “ordinary citizens [can] confront serious maniacs like terrorists”, but don’t tackle “big, hairy Neaderthals” if they look “way too dangerous”. And, after he’s twisted and turned and said nothing of substance, he wants to know is:
Why don’t decent blokes do anything? Have we lost our collective cojones?
Of course, he is the reason, or at least part of the reason, why men do nothing. It essentially comes in two parts. The first: Look at the man who threw the girls off the bus. His name? Who cares? Was he thanked? No. They were complaining because he didn’t act sooner.
The second: Look at the risk the man took. What if one of the girls had fell off the bus and injured herself? What if, in the struggle, his hands inadvertently touched her breasts? Or her dress got ripped and something got exposed? How quickly would the story have changed from “drunk women hit man” to “Man sexually assaults women”. How quickly would the sanctimonious “Take a Stand” press tear that man to shreds demanding jail time. And the sooner he might have intervened, the riskier it would have been. How might it have gone if one of the women gets hurt, but he’s stepped in before they starting hitting the elderly man?
No, our unsung hero took a big risk getting involved.
Speaking of jail time and punishment, the Brisbane Times says that the women have been found and their names have been circulating on social media, but they won’t say what the women’s names are. They also say that the women face charges of serious assault, which can mean up to seven years in jail.
This, of course, is a joke. If it were two men their names would be on the front page.Those women will not be charged with any serious crime, and unless they are already on probation for something else, will not be doing any jail time at all.
That’s not because I think they are innocent. That’s because I know that women are let routinely let off for their crimes. The worst they will get is a warning. The “Take a Stand” social justice warriors are already letting them off the hook.