Thursday, October 14, 2004

Wife beater

This past Tuesday I got to rub elbows with Cleveland's elite (for what that counts for) when I went to a fundraiser named "Break the Silence". It was a fundraiser for the local domestic abuse center and it was held down at the Powerhouse on the west side of the Cleveland flats (the side where no one gets shot because no one goes there).

The Shoreway Bridge over the flats.

Our company gave a chunk of change to this cause, more than likely because it's a favorite charity of my boss, so we got to sit at a decent table to watch the speakers. As a note, please don't let my cynicism fool you, this charity is about as innocuous as giving money to the "Anti-Puppy Kicking Alliance"; I just thought some of the arguments presented were weird or not well formed. Let's check out the speakers!

Local radio personality Jimmy Malone takes time away from his caustic left wing radio 'comedy' show to talk about why beating women is bad. Jimmy doesn't mention if he voted for the sexual harassing, raping Bill Clinton when he ran for office, but I think we know the score on that one.

Don McPherson, who played pro ball somewhere, manages to equate domestic violence to lynching and Nazi Germany (the old trusty standby).

Cleveland mayor Jane Campbell takes time off from running the city into the ground to talk about how she really believes in this cause, as opposed to all the other B.S. causes she shows up for. She feels so strongly about it that she helped pass a law to protect women from stalkers that allowed them to carry concealed weapons increased the punishment for stalking.

The book they handed out listed various forms of abuse, one of them being 'Embarrassing you in front of others'. Looks like I should be thrown into jail! I couldn't escape the feeling at times that the chief cause of domestic violence is male behavior, as if there's something built into men that makes them cavemen rapists. To press this point, they gave a 'Big Pussy Award' (or something like that) to a guy who exemplifies their model man. He, of course, typified the type of man every woman says they want, but would never give the time of day to if given the chance (think Hans Moleman from The Simpsons)

I was going to take a picture of the award winner, but I took this one instead for some reason.

Of course I feel bad (well, not really) for exhibiting exactly the kind of behavior they say is so abhorrent, but that's just the way I'm made. I don't pretend to be something, or force myself to be a 'Hans Moleman', I'm a dude, so get over it.

Don McPherson came the closest to pinning the blame where it belongs: on what is socially acceptable behavior. As of late, any kind of bad behavior has become tolerable in some respect, and the fact that women are increasingly (and often willfully) made out to be 'meat' in our pop culture doesn't help anything. He seemed to be intentionally vague on this point, but of course, condemming 60s moral relativism can't be done now can it?

A final note, they had decent food at this luncheon, but was it designed by a woman or what?

Foo Foo

(Update: I want to give a special shout out to Kodak for their EasyShare CX7430, quite possibly the crappiest digital camera ever made. Observe the pictures of the speakers for any needed proof, and those are the good ones).


DVA2004 said...

There are many reasons why domestic violence services in the US have made such little progress in the 30 years since they have been established. Chief among the reasons is the insistence by shelter advocates that only women are victims, only men are abusers. Unfortunately this myopic, and essentially discriminatory attitude keeps understanding of the problem at a minimum. There can be no solutions or better services for the community as a whole until full awareness of domestic violence is achieved.

Current programs tend to be highly politicized and this severely restricts their ability to serve the community

There has never been a better time to contact your local media and government officials and have your voice heard! Communities all over the country have begun to question their domestic violence programs, laws, and procedures. It’s time for you to speak up and be a force for change! You can have the most impact at the local level, which is where the changes are beginning. District attorneys, law enforcement administrators, public officials of all kinds will soon be involved in re-visiting old policies that no longer serve their communities.

More info here:

Eric Kendall said...

Especially for the more radical people engaged in the cause your company donates to, all men are potential, if not actual, abusers and rapists. Sorry you got dragged into that affair.

Wendy McElroy writes for FoxNews on occasion about that kind of radicalism; in case you've never seen it, her libertarian feminist website, which is really good, is here: