The Violence of VAWA
Trudy Schuett, of DesertLight Journal, has a great column in iFeminists about the ludicrous assumptions underlying the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is a $5 billion boondoggle for gender and victim oriented feminists groups that was pushed through by Hillary Clinton while she was puppeteering Buba in the whitehouse. It is up for reauthorization in this session of Congress and, unfortunately, it will probably pass.
As Trudy so eloquently states, VAWA is for justice and constitutional rights what Saddam Hussein was for democracy:
The reason why men, and only men [according to feminist orthodoxy], beat their wives, is in order to maintain their power and control. It's all part of men's "patriarchal privilege," you see.Trudy sites an excellent study done by Psychologist Martin Fiebert, who compiled the results of over 100 studies on domestic violence. The results found by Dr. Fiebert? In his own words, his study demonstrates that “women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners.” In other words, men and women are equally responsible for instigating domestic violence.
Of course, that's sheer hooey.
In my five decades of existence, I have personally known men who were physically violent to their wives or girlfriends. These men were anything but powerful. They were angry, frightened, and yes, they felt powerless. The same applies to the abusive women I've known.
But, don’t try saying that to the Eastside Domestic Violence Program. These hysteria mongers, in hyper-exaggerated paranoia, try to hide their offices in Bellevue. This must provide a dramatic backdrop for them when they invite potential donors to their secret hide-out. They are not interested in any study that contradicts the insistence in their literature that 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women. I guess that when your organization is responsible for propagating this sort of horribly damaging myth, it is best to hide its location.
Without their myths, victim oriented and gender feminists would not be able to achieve their ultimate goal of destroying this patriarchy thing they are so convinced is out to get them. In the process, they have hijacked a worthy cause - curtailing domestic violence - in order to further their goal of eliminating the patriarchy. As expressed by Trudy:
By ignoring the male victim, the Violence Against Women Act does a gross disservice to men. That goes without saying. VAWA also violates one of our most cherished Constitutional protections: equal treatment under the law.But, worst of all, VAWA has furthered the continental divide that now exists between the sexes in our country today. Again, Trudy:
Sadly, the fatalities under VAWA are not just limited to demolishing Constitutional protections.
But VAWA also does an enormous disservice to American women.
VAWA has created a veritable dragnet of social workers, counselors, judges, emergency room workers, and others. All are on the lookout for evidence of partner aggression against women. But remember, VAWA contains the ideological message that women are never perpetrators, so soon the female aggressor becomes invisible.
Look at Dena Schlosser, Nathshay Ward, and Kim Tran. These women were mentally deranged. No doubt there were warning signs months and years ago. VAWA has imposed ideological blinders on our society which say, "Ignore the female aggressor, because the problem really lies with patriarchal oppression."
How does that message benefit women?
In the meantime, an unprecedented chilling effect has begun affecting personal relationships. Many of the behaviors which used to be part of the socially accepted courting ritual are now deemed by the VAWA nannies to be "stalking," and therefore any single man who persistently approaches a woman in hopes of forming a relationship is now at risk of arrest and incarceration. Young girls are constantly bombarded with messages at school, in media, and online about the awful risk of contact with boys.Is it any wonder that 46% of men in King County in their thirties have never been married? eHarmony, of course, loves this situation, because they make huge profits targeting lonely women in their 30s and 40s who can’t find a man because, frankly, men just don’t want to put up with the crap.
VAWA has effectively guided society right back into the Victorian era.