In Australia, everyone knows who this woman is. Her son Luke was murdered by her psycho husband, she became an anti-DV campaigner, got to be Australian of the Year and generally got her ass kissed by every idiot in sight. Luckily, piggy ain’t no idiot. Having vaguely remembered that she started out blaming mental illness rather than the usual patriarchal oppression crap, i never took her seriously when she said that the answer was to have more female CEOs and politicians.
Today, thanks to a post by Bettina Arndt, i bumped into the ABC story in which she gave her initial account of the murder : “Father who killed son, Luke Batty, at cricket ground had history of mental illness, says boy’s anguished mother”
Here is an excerpt from the story dated 14 Feb 2014…
“Ms Batty says she had known Greg for 20 years, and over that time his mental health deteriorated…[He went] from someone who brushed off losing a job to someone that was unemployable…He was in a homelessness situation for many years. His life was failing. Everything was becoming worse in his life and Luke was the only bright light in his life.”
Nowhere does she spout anything even vaguely feminist. It’s all about the mental illness. She even claims the father loved the kid and was “anguished” at what he had done, which isn’t exactly what one expects from some vengeful patriarch who just killed his only son completely of his own free will.
Contrast this with her statements in August of 2015 (italics are mine)…
”The fact that family violence is a gendered issue: the vast majority of
people still don’t understand that family violence is a gendered issue.
People want to be able to blame drug and alcohol abuse, or a childhood
upbringing affected by family violence, or even the victim herself.
However, it is clear that most family violence is perpetrated by a man
against the woman and that the gender inequities that exist in our society
are a key driver of violence against women.”
And then there’s this interesting jump, from DV in the general community to more power for women in business and politics. Apparently, the answer to women being beaten up in the trailer parks is to give more power to women from the upper classes. Western feminism, folks. Western feminism…
” My understanding is that societies which have greater gender equity, have less family violence. If we can achieve gender equity within our upper echelons, this will in time have an impact on our broader societal beliefs and attitudes.”
What the hell happened in those few intervening months?!?!?!? Did her dead husband magically become mentally UN-ill? No, of course not. Almost certainly what happened was that the feminist dirtbags saw an opening and took it. Whether they took advantage of a grieving woman’s mental state to shovel all sorts of shit into her head or whether Batty herself saw an opportunity for a grift i do not know, though i am more inclined to think it was the former. What we DO know is that things changed in a very, very big way that took the focus off the ACTUAL cause of Luke’s murder — mental illness — and pointed the finger at the patriarchal boogey man and in so doing made it MORE likely that such tragedies would happen in the future. After all, you cannot cure the patient’s headache if you focus on his tense neck and ignore the nail sticking out the top of his noggin! But why would a feminist establishment dominated by middle class women care? Hell, it’s an opportunity to grab more power and wealth for themselves, and if more lower class women and children continue to be killed it isn’t their problem!