Above I’m holding a vinyl album which I picked up from a store in Birmingham. On the way home I opened up the record and checked out the lyric sheet. It’s fair to say the lyrics were compelling and I got what they were saying straight away.
On arrival at home I switched the lap top on and there were the usual left wing leaning groups having a pop at UKIP and the posts that some of their members had made about women including transgender women. Thrown back at UKIP were the usual humorous comments but experience told me the Left Wing shouldn’t be throwing boulders in greenhouses!!
As far as the left are concerned there’s been a recent history of misogynistic behaviour against women. The major story as we all know was the rape allegation surrounding the Socialist Workers Party.
However there have been far more sinister stories starting with the on line campaign Antifa based campaign ‘Get Off The Fence’. One of the admins to that group is a proven domestic abuser. Evidence against him includes police reports / recommendations and court orders put in place to protect his former partner.
Now if going through domestic abuse / violence wasn’t enough it’s fair to say ‘Get Off The Fence’ ignored her claims and protected the guilty. In protecting the guilty has allowed the survivor to be victim blamed and called a liar amongst other things. In effect they tried to silence her! They even went as far to tell her it was a personal issue and had nothing to do with them!
When I defended her position I was asked to stay silent as an accusation like this would split the Anti-Fascist movement and give the Far Right ammunition. They also claimed it was a personal issue too! In effect they tried to silence me too! I wasn’t having any of it so friendships, political allies etc were all lost but I knew I did the right thing.
The former partner of the abuser had these words to say about how she was let down!
The abusive admin is still there and even hero worshipped by some of them but there are people who know the truth!
More recently there were rape accusations made by a Manchester based female anarchist made against a leading light in Class War. How that accusation seemed to be dealt with on-line left a lot to be desired as it was men to be seen calling the shots.
There’s many other stories where women get let down, beaten up, sexually assaulted and raped. Laurie Penny the socialist journalist and writer talks a lot about left wing men in her book ‘Unspeakable Things’.
The problem isn’t just right wing men it’s men in general and that includes the left wing men too! There’s no point making excuses for these abusive men or turning a blind eye! They need to be challenged and understand their abusive behaviour needs to be corrected. In other words they need to seek help so they stop their war on women!
Also if left wing men and women make excuses for perpetrators then they are part of the problem! I can’t believe you would ever do that to a woman especially with the politics you claim to hold so dear to your hearts!
One in four women experience domestic abuse / violence. Every 2 two days a woman gets murdered by a current or former partner. 19 women are suspected to have been killed though men’s violence so far this year.
Approximately 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year. Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year. 1 in 5 women (aged 16 – 59) has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.
Things need to change. It’s no point left wing men pretending they support their sisters as that doesn’t change. Left wing men need to change their attitudes and take on board feminist values and listen to what their female counterparts have to say!
Just stop your war on women. It’s not too much to ask – Or is it?