The Demonising of MenLaiste 11 comments
I’ve spoken before about how our culture is creating a gap between men and kids and this recent news article is a perfect example of that.
The Victorian Opposition has accused the Government of failing to care for vulnerable children, after a 12-year-old girl who ran away from state care, was found living with three middle aged men.”
There are absolutely no details provided about who the men were or what connection they had to the girl and we are left to jump to our own conclusions but the overall tone is that three men are incapable of looking after the girls well being. Why is this the automatic assumption? Would this case have made headlines if it were three middle aged women?
What kind of society are we creating if men aren’t considered adequate care givers even to abused and disadvantaged kids? I’ll admit that I don’t know enough about this case to make a reasonable judgement but my anger is at the way it was reported, (the implied danger the child was because of the gender of her carers) and because it was used as a political hot potato, a kind of “under our watch runaways wouldn’t ever be stuck with a bunch of strange men”. If she was in danger because of who they were (or what they were doing to her) then that should have been stated clearly with either a police report or charges laid. If she wasn't in danger then why was their gender an issue?
The scariest thing of all is that this attitude isn’t isolated. Its becoming more common as fear and paranoia about paedophilia reaches epic proportions. While its good to teach kids caution about strangers in general lets not taint half the population with a brush meant only for a few. Men are just as capable as women of caring for kids. Enough already with the assumption that men are the bad guys.