Men and rape culture. No matter what you do, you’re guilty of it

Rape culture is when female students tell us that sexual harassment and assault are everyday occurrences for them – and we do nothing about it.

Courageous and articulate young women from Wellington schools have over the past 10 days exposed the threats, insults and misogyny which are an integral part of their lives.

Sadly, we already knew this.

Courageous and articulate young women from Auckland schools told us exactly the same things in 2013, when the actions of the boys responsible for Roastbusters were publicised.

Unfortunately, we didn’t care enough to put an end to this behaviour by boys.

If we really cared about sexual violence we would:

Young men learn their attitudes to women and to rape from older men.

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand men each spend thousands of hours of their lives on rugby.

More than 99 percent of those men don’t spend five minutes of their lives acting to stop sexual violence.

It’s past time for them to step up.

Catriona MacLennan is a barrister, journalist, author and media commentator, who has practised law in areas including family and domestic violence.

I’m going to leave the commentary to you on this one.

But I for one strongly object to being included in this amorphous group of men Catriona believes exists out there.

 

– Catriona MacLennan, RNZ


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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