Dear Daddy: Please Don’t let mummy kill me

Lefties generally regard the unborn as the unliving, with abortion something of a lefty female rite of passage, but aren’t averse to using the little its for propaganda purposes:

Called “Dear Daddy”, the film starts as a letter from an unborn baby girl to her father, asking him to step in and help prevent the violence she will likely experience at the hands of men.

“I will be born a girl, which means that by the time I’m 14, the boys in my class will have called me a whore, a bitch, a c*** and many other things. It’s just for fun of course, something boys do,” she says.

Anyone who has raised a daughter will know that female on female verbal aggression starts in earnest around the age of 10 and continues forever – the nastiness of little old ladies in retirement homes never ceases to amaze.

So what does an expert have to say?

CEO of Domestic Violence NSW, Moo Baulch, said Dear Daddy was a powerful representation of the continuum of violence many women experience.

“We’ve only just started to put the pieces together and accept that violence against women goes beyond the physical and that it is directly linked to sexist attitudes,” Ms Baulch told the ABC.

“It goes way beyond men saying they don’t want their daughters to be raped or beaten.”

Ms Baulch said challenging sexism and misogyny wherever it presents was key to changing the culture of violence against women.

“Abuse of women and girls, particularly the insidious sexist name calling, denigration and put downs, is often explained away as being a joke or insignificant,” she said.

“We all have a responsibility as citizens, as part of multiple communities and through our personal networks … to tackle the jokes and challenge the name calling.

Guess I better not joke about Moo’s name then.

Anyway, Moo is, of course, spouting nonsense; if she wasn’t she’d point to the research conclusively showing that misogyny causes domestic violence. Domestic violence is not a male on female social problem, it’s a relationship problem occurring approximately equally in heterosexual and LGBTI partnerships.

Not only that, if ending domestic violence is simply a matter of instilling respect all violent crimes can be prevented by instilling respect. Schools should add respect training to the list of educational initiatives they’re attempting and not accomplishing.