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Today's theme: domestic violence

"A strain of toxic masculinity learned in childhood is at the heart of Islamic State’s offer to angry young men in London, Manchester, Paris and Brussels "

An opinion piece in The Guardian puts forward the argument that terrorism begins at home. Literally. A "human rights activist," Joan Smith, says that Muslims involved in terrorism come from backgrounds where wife-beating is commonplace." Yet, while she has focussed on those committing recent terrorist attacks, all Muslims, her does not reveal a specific Muslim problem: it is more to do with widespread Misogyny and she goes on to argue that domestic violence is often an indicator of involvement in wider, more serious* crime and gang membership. It is unfortunate that, in order to gain a market for the piece, it highlights Da'esh (ISIS) and therefore narrows the perspective of the piece. The bottom line should be that those who commit domestic violence are demonstrating tendencies that lead to other offences.

*do not misinterpret this: domestic violence is a very serious crime but there are definitions of "serious crime" that relate to non-domestic violence cases including organised crime and multiple murder. It is in that context that we use the term "more serious" and it really pisses us off that we need to make this disclaimer so the trolls who just look for someone to criticise just because they specifically look for an excuse to do so are likely to take offence.


Of insects and snakes

A 23 year old woman was subjected to two years of abuse by her boyfriend who, amongst other things, taunted her with his pet python and then stuffed a live locust, intended as food for a pet lizard, up her nose. He is six feet seven inches tall; she is just five feet two inches. His actions included forcing her to eat a sock and keeping her locked car, outside a hospital where her mother was dying.



A different kind of road rage

Incredibly, a man in the USA is "accused of choking, hitting [the mother of his children] while she was driving with kids in the car." It is alleged that she almost lost consciousness and that the car "narrowly avoided" a number of collisions with other vehicles.



Media coverage of domestic violence blames the victim, says Melbourne University study

A recent research paper has shown one in six news articles still indicate the victim was responsible for the violence inflicted on them.