I don’t know how many of you keep with Australian news, over the past week or so there are have been some people who are completely outraged that the QLD government have decided to take the gender off of their drivers licences. Now I love Queensland, it’s a gorgeous place and I was expecting these kind of reactions. The other things a lot of other states in Australia don’t have their genders. Also QLD had already started taking off genders a couple of years ago with new drivers.
However, there was one reaction that has me honestly cracking up. Someone asked why having genders on a drivers licence was SO important anyway, what use is it? There was one guy who said that the LGBTQ community and lefties were trying to take away their masculinity and make us all the same…Then I couldn’t stop with the images of men going around shoving their drivers licences in people’s face going “I AM A MAN”…I haven’t been able to stop laughing since.
*Just to warn…This is a bit of a “trigger” topic, please read with care <3*
I was reading Tweets yesterday about the various of groups of people who helped fight with our ANZAC Troops. One group being Muslim soldiers…Oh the controversy…There was one Tweet that sound ridiculous to me though. Where a “man” asked if the Muslim woman condoned the rape and beating of women
Now this is why it struck me…
No, the woman did not condone that behaviour…BUT…I find it slightly hilarious that this seems to be the biggest excuse why Muslims are “bad people”…I’m sorry, Us as a Western Society are so great at not raping and beating our women? Us, as a Western Society, are great at protecting at these women and also our gay community? Brock Turner anyone? Or how great we are at protecting people who are innocent? How great we are at protecting Women’s Health because it doesn’t sit well with a certain group of people? Planned Parenthood Defunded (So much for the “Land of the Free”)… I wonder how many times this guy has called a woman a liar as soon as she said “Rape” … Or condemned someone for staying with an abusive partner?
I think some people need to seriously sit down and have a long hard look at themselves before they start condemning another country, because really, are we that far off?
Also if you are affected by any of the issues please contact the following helplines:
SASS – Sexual Assault Support Services (Australia-National Helplines) (2015)
RAINN – Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (United States Directory) (2016)
I just wanted to start this post off by saying that it’s a bit of a sensitive topic and probably a little controversial.
PLEASE READ WITH CAUTION!
I hope Cee’s Photography is having a fantastic break! I guess this post is like sharing a part of my world. This post will give you a little bit of an insight into how I think.
There is something that I would have to say is my “trigger”. If you don’t know what a trigger is, it’s really simple to understand. A trigger is a subject matter that no matter how good of a mood you are in, or how confident you are feeling. A trigger is something that makes you instantly upset and/or mad.
One of my triggers is when a woman will say something like that men cannot possibly be abused or raped, because they are bigger than us.
I can’t even begin to tell these women what is wrong with this statement, and how dangerous it is! I know for a fact and through personal experience that most men already have issues when it comes to expressing themselves and this is why the male suicide rate is so high. You don’t even have to be physically bigger to rape and abuse someone. They can be drugged, for example. How many times have we heard in rape cases of people being drugged and completely knocked out at the time? You can’t fight chemicals.
Highest Australian suicide rate in 13 years driven by men aged 40 to 44 – The Guardian (March 2016)
As for not being abused because men can just “fight back”. Yes, I guess that some probably could, but that is not how abuse works. Abusers of any gender don’t start by hitting someone straight away. Abusers will bring you down mentally and spiritually, most of the time you don’t even realise it’s happening. Not all men are bigger than us (not that that’s important). What about men who are in relationships with other men? What about men who were abused by family members when they’re little?
What made me the most saddest about this trigger was I saw these comments, which made me set off was on a Facebook page for White Ribbon. For those who don’t know who White Ribbon is, it’s a cause in Australia for stopping violence against Women. I am clearly for stopping violence against woman and children. This doesn’t mean though you can just say “it doesn’t happen to men, they don’t understand” because I guarantee they do. It saddens me to see someone say they’ve gone through being abused, but according to them men just don’t get it.
I guarantee they do.