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Gender War Newsreel, April 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 8:56 pm Sat 3rd April 2010

This article today headlined “Half of victims killed by unarmed attackers” gives further details on NZ homicides in 2009. Murders: 41 men, 24 women. Manslaughter: 18 men, 5 women. How dare Heather Henare, on National Radio today, comment on violence as if only women and children are subjected to it? How dare our government fund refuges and other services for females but not for males? How dare our government departments use our taxes to support sexist campaigns against violence that don’t see violence against men as deserving mention?

The article claims that nearly 75% of females and nearly 33% of males were killed by partners or family members. These proportions contradict other recent reports and, as is sadly typical, we cannot trust much of what is said about domestic violence.

Other recent news articles include this one from Tauranga headlined “Female taxi driver robbed at knifepoint“. The gender of the victim in this case was referred to 11 more times in the article. A number of male taxi drivers have been robbed and assaulted in Tauranga recently but the Bay of Plenty Times never saw any need to highlight their gender or to mention it in the headline. Why do we seek to play down males’ victimization in society as well as their increased risk in workplaces? In fact, the crimes against the male drivers were much more violent than that against this female driver who had a knife pointed at her along with demands for her money. In the 30th March article headlined “Ring of truth catches out taxi driver’s robber” we learn that the victim suffered serious facial and head injuries; the victim’s male gender is made clear through incidental references but obviously wasn’t important enough to be in the headline. The 24th March article headlined “Safety fear for returning cabbie” also made the victim’s gender clear in the body of the article but not in the headline. In the 19th March article headlined “Jail for hitting taxi driver on head with bottle” the word ‘him’ used once in the whole article was the only clue to the male gender of the injured victim. In the 23rd July 2009 article headlined “Pair in custody over assault and robbery of taxi driver” the victim, who was cut up by a knife, had his gender referred to only incidentally deep in the article. I cannot see any justification in 2010 for any paper to discriminate in this way on the basis of a victim’s gender. I would like to see each story headlined with something like “Another male attacked on job”.

A judge criticised slackness on the part of lawyers in a Family Court hearing, attributing the slackness to the fact that the parties were both legally aided (“Judge criticises slackness“). The woman had been granted a protection order against the man on the basis of her claims that he had been violent although he denied this and from the article it seemed obvious that there had been no evidence beyond the woman’s claim. The judge’s frustration appeared to arise from the fact that the man then inconvenienced the Court by coming up with medical evidence showing he was the one victimized by the woman’s violence. What a nuisance for the Court’s nice, tidy, blame-the-man discrimination to be complicated in this way!

Another strange Court case, “No jail term for self-inflicted ‘assault‘”, saw a man convicted and sentenced for allegedly forcing his partner to hit him in order to get her locked up. Uh huh? If that unlikely tale is correct, he can’t have realised that the chances of getting police to actually arrest and charge her for almost any level of violence against him were minimal! Well, actually, it may have been his subsequent attempt to strangle the woman (in self-defence against the punching that he was forcing her to do?) that led to the conviction. The judge went on to make the sexist remark that “it raised warning signs when a man started to strangle a woman”. I guess when a man strangles another man, or a woman strangles a man, there’s no need to worry.

In the news article “Puppies behind bars for training” we learn that puppies are living with and being trained by female prisoners who live in ‘self-care units’ at the prison. I’m not aware of any self-care units anywhere for male prisoners, or indeed the opportunity for male inmates to have dogs for company and to undertake such interesting activities. This seems simply another example of the female advantage throughout every stage in our justice system. Another example of the second-class status accorded to men compared with women in our society.

Here’s yet another example. In the article “Neo-Nazi�s estranged wife admits kicking police” a woman was convicted of obstructing, resisting and three charges of assaulting police which she did by kicking two officers in the groin (i.e. the genitals) and spitting in an officer’s mouth. It seems this was all the fault of her neo-nazi husband whom she loved but who was a couple of years into a 25-year prison sentence for hate-crime murders of an Asian and a homosexual. Yeah well, the stress of being so badly let down by her husband (whom she no doubt mistook for a nice young man) caused her to snap and to commit these offences. Well, the female judge understood this poor woman’s stress and sentenced her to 8 days of community work. Now let me see, if a man with a history of gang association kicked two female police officers in the genitals and spat in an officer’s mouth, what might he be in for? By the way, no mention at all was made of the gender of the victims of her violence; you can be sure that if the officers kicked in the genitals had been female, this would have been highlighted in news reports with mention of the victims’ injuries and trauma. But when it’s only men, well, who cares?

And what about one more case of female privilege for good measure? In the article headlined “Esera fraud case adjourned“, we read that a white collar criminal falsified qualifications to get a job then stole $1.75 million from his employer. But get this, at least one $48,000 fraudulent invoice was paid straight into his wife’s bank account, yet there is no indication that she is being held accountable for profiting from and possibly colluding in her husband’s offending.

On the topic of profiting from crime we hear that the Prostitute�s Collective believe that Versalko’s prostitute is entitled to the $2.4 million of stolen money that he paid her (“Versalko sex worker �entitled to the money“). The bank is expected to justify its efforts to retrieve some of the stolen money from this prostitute, whom the news article “ASB suing Versalko’s $2.4 million prostitute” describes in warm, caring ways. No mention is made of the fact that she happily profited from enabling a man to be unfaithful to his wife. Funny though, I didn’t see this particular prostitute outside any beauty pageants complaining that women were being reduced to objectified targets of men’s sexual interests.

And to conclude this April 2010 war release, we read that Asian immigrants are adopting NZ names in order to increase their chances of being short listed for jobs (“Asians ditch identities in hunt for jobs“). When they are then interviewed and found to speak English competently they are often successful because their qualifications are good. Men could learn from this to overcome ‘positive discrimination’ policies that seem to operate in many government services. We could change our names to female names, but gender discrimination would still probably prevent us from successful selection at interview, so we would also need to cross dress. When we then turn up for work as males, the employer would have difficulty backing out on any grounds other than gender discrimination.


  1. Hans;

    I haven’t read all of your references as yet, but I do note the following:

    1. In the first article there is no mention of whether the offenders were male or female. It is likely (but not proven) that male was the offender in the majority of both the male, & female counts.

    2. I agree that the reporting from NZ media appears to identify the sex of a women more times than it does of a man. I’ve grown weary of NZ media and it’s gender bias. However, it is a place where we need to continue pushing so I am encouraged that you are keeping tabs on them.

    3. On the last point I could not agree more. I’ll be adding a little story about me, the ministry of Wimmins affairs and the HRC, once it has completed… It’ll get you smiling as well as going ‘see I told you so’ 🙂

    Comment by noconfidence — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  2. @noconfidence…

    1. Something that is never accounted for is the greater likelihood that women will entice other men to enact violence on their behalf.

    2. What you observe is typical across the entire western world. Once again I highly recommend Adam Jones’ Effacing the Male.


    I owe you a response from yesterday. You misunderstand me if you believe I think this should be an exclusively male environment. I will hop to it when I’m in a better frame of mind.

    Comment by gwallan — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 10:30 pm

  3. I appreciate your hard work in collating all the different articles.

    I have been through similar injustice and been the victim of these lawless family courts. Without any evidence whatsoever, the court has granted a protection order against me and clearly mentioned in the final judgment that though nothing has been proved (as they were all 100% false allegations and clearly an attempt of revenge by my ex who cheated me for which I got separated from her) the judge felt the necessity of protection order to be in place. I guess most men cannot act with wolf-tears like women in courts and hence are facing such or even worse outcomes due to these so called family courts (i’d rather term them as Women-courts)….

    Hence, I had no other option than to start my own blog and keep highlighting what men face in today’s world… I reckon every guy who is being cheated has to start his own blog / website and keep spreading the word as of how men are treated unfairly so at least someday it becomes a issue which cannot be ignored anymore!!!

    Comment by Another Victim — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  4. noconfidence:
    Thanks for your comments. Concerning the issue of whether the violent offenders were male or female, I see it as irrelevant. The victims will hurt, bleed and die just the same. It is no more acceptable to disregard violence against males because other males are more likely to commit the violence, than it would be to disregard Maori victims of violence because other Maori are more likely to hurt them. A proportion of seriously violent crimes are committed by men and a smaller proportion by women. Any campaign aimed at reducing such offending will be sexist unless it targets the genders in proportion to their offending rates. The campaigns we have seen are sexist. How about a poster that showed a Maori man saying “Whanau, show you’re against violence towards white people”! This would be considered racist and totally unacceptable even though crime statistics would provide some justification for it. The campaigns we see based on gender can be no more acceptable, but you and I are forced to pay for them.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  5. Well done “Another Victim”. What is the address of your blog?

    Although all efforts at exposing the truth in this gender war are welcomed, there is some danger in fragmenting men’s voice. What results could we achieve by combining on one site? If numbers become substantial the news media and the politicians will start to sit up and pay attention.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  6. Just click his name.

    Comment by gwallan — Sat 3rd April 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  7. The Politicians with the power never listen to complaints, or even to referendums, and the news-media just treat the Politicians like celebrities, always ready to aire dirt on them, like who’s spent how much on their girl-friend to fly first class to here or there, or who’s claiming too many allowances for their second house, or who spent the most money on travel.

    Neither the media or the politicians are interested in decreasing violence rates, or getting results. And then politicians like Judith Collins just try to turn it around and blame “dysfunctional families” and hire more cops. Everyone just plays the blame game.

    I am the only one in this country, who has thought of a practical solution…. as per in the other thread.

    I looked at Family First, and no, they are just alot of wishy washy nothing.

    Comment by Mary Poppins : — Sun 4th April 2010 @ 12:01 am

  8. I’ve been writing to various Politicians for years, and I have actually had a few letters of reply, hand-signed by Ministers, as in Annette King, and Murray McCully, and plenty of spokespersons, so I am going to write one more letter, telling them to come to this site, to hear about all the men leaving the country, and hence why my proposal for new legislation is not stupid. But it won’t make any difference anyway, because they will just play the blame-game as per usual. John Key’s own father left his mother to raise him and his siblings on her own, before he died from alcoholism, and Paula Bennet was a solo mother, and has raised another solo mother, so what do they know about the family unit, mind you John Key has stepped up to the plate for his own family… but then John key was also rumoured to have been part of a co-ordinated attack on the NZ dollar when it was first floated, so who knows what he’s up to. No, NZ is doomed, so I am not writing anymore letters.

    Comment by Mary Poppins : — Sun 4th April 2010 @ 12:41 am

  9. Reply to Mary

    ..’No,NZ is doomed’…For once Mary, I will concur with you,and Sad to say this, if this demise of the slow destruction of the of Family unit continues in New Zealand …It will happen…..We must have decent,caring,honorable and loving Fathers,uncles Grandfathers still involved in the so called family unit…not to be ‘Demonized to Hell’ because they are ‘Men’ who love and honour there Children of there Family

    There is one step that I personally feel that must be taken straight away…If any Woman/Mother of Man/Father makes a False allegation as in a sexual sense either to the police or in the Family Court,under Oath and it proven to totally false,and made in sprite by a vindictive ex partner… then a prosecution in court must occur…This my biggest concern at this present moment here in New Zealand..

    I have seen and witness the total detestation of a good decent family unit destroyed by a false allegation by a vindaloos ex partner and done purely out of sprite

    Kind regards and happy Easter everyone…John Dutchie

    Comment by John Dutchie — Sun 4th April 2010 @ 6:49 am

  10. An Other Victim,
    You will find that most of murders are a result of Family Court intervention.
    You could have easily sacrificed your honesty and honour to your passions and did the dread thing: Kill you children, your wife, her mum or downright your lawyer or judge and it will reported as an increase in violence and the authorities will blame the moon (see mary pippins) or alcohol or what not whereas the true reason is the rude and violent intervention of the Family Court. Hence the Family Court is the cause of many murders.

    Comment by tren Christchurch — Sun 4th April 2010 @ 10:59 am

  11. Let’s assume it is true that “… nearly 75% of females and nearly 33% of males were killed by partners or family members“.

    When you extrapolate this on the 41 male and 24 female victims of homicide in 2009, it tells us that 14 men and 18 women were killed by partners or family members.

    But do we really require more evidence that women too can be violent?

    What I find astonishing is that there are clearly no checks and balances in place to ensure that public money spent to fight domestic violence is effective. Year after year these organisations demand and receive more funding, yet at the same time statistics clearly prove their ineffectiveness.

    But so far they got away with their anti-wrinkle-cream approach: the more violence there is, the more funding we get. This might be a natural reaction in all professions where doing a fantastic job would mean you put yourself out of business.

    Interesting is that all these organisations seem to be run by women. The qualifications of many of the people working in the DV field are questionable. I’ve never managed to work out how program facilitators get their qualifications. One person I asked refused to answer and the other said that she was trained by other women providing such courses without giving more details. It is a small sample but it reeks of jobs for like-minded sisters.

    I have made some inquiries as to what it would take to become an accredited service provider, but I was being referred around in circles: Family Court, Department of Justice, Department of Social Development, the Family Violence Clearinghouse and back to the Family Court. Perhaps it was because I was mentioning that we were a fathers group who wanted to offer DV courses to men, but it felt like the people I dealt with were actively trying to be as unhelpful as possible.

    Jim Bagnall was (and perhaps still is) offering JAM sessions (Justified Anger Management). If more men who are directed to attend an anger management program (aka feminist brainwashing) object and instead opt to voluntarily attend such programs, that might make a dent.

    Unfortunately, this still doesn’t address women’s violence.

    Comment by Pete — Mon 5th April 2010 @ 4:50 pm

  12. Steve Delucca offers a blistering attack on USA big sister feminism here.
    It takes a while to get going, wobbles a bit at first before hitting it’s stride!

    Have a good day folks!

    Comment by Skeptik — Wed 7th April 2010 @ 10:53 am

  13. Reply to Skeptik

    A brilliant article Steptik….And the below a paragraph from the article you have mentioned in your post, as ‘Hit the hammer right on the nail’ and many a times when I have tried to have a civilized debate with Kiwi radical Feminist on this particular subject on Woman who commit sexual crimes …to only hear sheer denial from them…there Kiwi feminist brain washed mines only think Men are only capable of doing sexual crimes,not Woman…

    Kind regards John Dutchie

    ‘And despite the fact that there are many sex crimes by women, there is 100% silence about any of them when we force our children to witness this public shaming, this hate crime, this march against humanity itself.’

    Comment by John Dutchie — Wed 7th April 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  14. Oh please Poppins. Please do. Write to them in your real name.

    Tell them to come here so they can see what YOU think of them personally.

    You are disgusting.

    Comment by gwallan — Wed 7th April 2010 @ 11:21 pm

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    Comment by Skeptik — Fri 9th April 2010 @ 11:25 pm

  16. Thanks for those references Skeptik.

    By the way, a minor grammatical point: Don’t use the apostrophe for the possessive use of its. “It’s” always reads “it is”, so when used in (e.g.) “its stride” or “its colour” no apostrophe should be used. Some may not care, but correct usage enhances the credibility of the writer, the piece and its message.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Wed 14th April 2010 @ 8:43 pm

  17. Here’s a good example of gender bias in news reporting. Numerous robberies of dairies, petrol stations and liquor stores are reported without any reference to the male gender of the attendants who were threatened or assaulted. But when the robbed attendant is female the news article makes a point of mentioning this. The article made three references to the female gender of the attendant including “… and taking advantage of the vulnerability of the 61-year-old woman who was the lone attendant.”

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Sat 1st December 2018 @ 11:04 am

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