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John Key, Prison Rape and White Ribbon

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:23 am Thu 24th December 2015

Perhaps we should be grateful that in response to John Key’s involvement in a radio joke about prison rape, some White Ribbon people have lowered themselves to disapprove of this form of violence even though it’s only towards mere men. However, we were mainly struck by their hypocrisy.

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If supporters of White Ribbon truly opposed violence towards men, then why are they supporting a campaign that only opposes violence when done to women and deliberately excludes mention of or concern for male victims?

The White Ribbon people have now attempted to whitewash their campaign by misrepresenting it as being against violence more generally even though its slogans and purpose have always discriminated against men and were only ever concerned about violence towards women.

The overall impact of the White Ribbon campaign has been the promotion of false beliefs that women are the most frequent or most significant victims of violence in our communities, and the promotion of attitudes that violence towards men isn’t worth mentioning or worrying about.

The White Ribbon stance regarding this prison rape joke is like White Supremists criticizing someone for using the term ‘nigger’ while they continue their general campaign of racial discrimination. We were amused to see this reflected in the following:

“As a result of this incident, White Ribbon will be writing to all our ambassadors to remind them of our expectations, and the commitment they have made to the campaign. Our and their pledge is to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women. We will continue to try and uphold that.”

If John Key had knowingly participated in the prison rape joke he would be an ideal spokesman for White Ribbon, walking the walk of that group’s real message: “Violence towards women is the only violence anyone need be concerned about”. John Key and his radio hosts have done the country a favour by highlighting the sexist double standards that have been encouraged by White Ribbon.


  1. Personally I have never supported White Ribbon for that very reason. As you correctly point out their sexist double standards need to be highlighted in the media.

    Comment by JONO — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 11:37 am

  2. My thoughts exactly MoMA.

    Comment by golfa — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 12:16 pm

  3. I heard they had a Secret Santa in cabinet and he got soap-on-a-rope, for his present.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 2:07 pm

  4. I’ve been watching the comment aimed at White Ribbon, from the public, which has been more along the lines of why are you retaining an ambassador who condones rape, irrespective of the gender.

    Not that it will make much difference, but it does indicate that the ideology and politics of White Ribbon is conflicting with the media position and public opinion.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 3:08 pm

  5. All this from a guy that pulls girls ponytails PM with a fetish give him a pink ribbon

    Comment by Frank Carlisle — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 6:16 pm

  6. I really don’t know what you are talking about. …….

    If you can’t bank it, or take a percentage, it ain’t real, so why worry about it?……..
    ok, say maybe also include? – if you can’t fuck it…..
    – deranged axe murderer.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Thu 24th December 2015 @ 10:13 pm

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