Tara Brown’s life tragically ended at only 24 in 2015, savagely beaten to death by estranged partner, Bandido bikie Lionel Patea. Clementine Ford cynically exploits Brown’s murder and Patea’s subsequent sentencing to life in prison to further the feminist cause:
This was a deliberate, horrific act of violence that formed the deadly culmination of increasing abuse perpetrated by Patea against Brown. I can tell him exactly how and why it happened – because no matter how much awareness we raise and feminist action we mount against family and intimate partner violence, there are still not enough people paying attention, and responses from law enforcement and the justice system are still not good enough.
Until we take a sustained and committed approach as a community, men like him will continue to terrorise women whose bodies, hearts and minds they think are theirs to pour their anger and entitlement into.
Perhaps Ford should do something tangible to reduce violence against women rather than simply generate an income for herself through incessantly whiny “awareness” raising.
Ford conveniently ignores a salient point made by Ms Brown’s mother:
“Lionel Patea had a record as long as our arms. He was known for his violent behaviour.”
Psychiatrist Anthony Daniels – aka Theodore Dalrymple – addresses women’s seemingly illogical partnering:
But why does the woman not leave the man as soon as he manifests his violence? It is because, perversely, violence is the only token she has of his commitment to her. Just as he wants the exclusive sexual possession of her, she wants a permanent relationship with him. She imagines—falsely—that a punch in the face or a hand round the throat is at least a sign of his continued interest in her, the only sign other than sexual intercourse she is ever likely to receive in that regard. In the absence of a marriage ceremony, a black eye is his promissory note to love, honor, cherish, and protect.
It is not his violence as such that causes her to leave him, but the eventual realization that his violence is not, in fact, a sign of his commitment to her. She discovers that he is unfaithful to her, or that his income is greater than she suspected and is spent outside the home, and it is only then that his violence seems intolerable. So convinced is she that violence is an intrinsic and indispensable part of relations between the sexes, however, that if by some chance she alights next time upon a nonviolent man, she suffers acute discomfort and disorientation; she may, indeed, even leave him because of his insufficient concern for her. Many of my violently abused women patients have told me that they find nonviolent men intolerably indifferent and emotionally distant, rage being the only emotion they’ve ever seen a man express. They leave them quicker than they leave men who have beaten and otherwise abused them.
Back to Ford:
Blaming women for the abuse men inflict on them is not unusual and “why doesn’t she just leave” remains a common refrain. But Brown, like so many other women murdered by men in this country, was trying to leave when Patea chased her down and beat her to death.
Rosie Batty had left her violent ex-partner and he murdered their son in an act of revenge.
Brown obviously made a poor partner choice but Batty’s miscalculation was monumental: her violent partner absenting himself from her life at her request, Batty seeking him out eight years later and reestablishing the relationship and allowing him to impregnate her.
Ford concludes her men-are-predators, women-are-helpless-victims spinfest:
The real tragedy of it all is that this story, so heinous, so horrible and so difficult to accept, was one of more than 80 murders of women in 2015 alone, many of which were under far too similar circumstances. In 2017, the number is rising again.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 84 women were murdered in 2015 whereas 150 men met the same fate. The number of women murdered had decreased significantly from 94 in both 2013 and 2014.
Ford ignores the disproportionate killing of men by men because she hates men and because it would undermine her effort to make money.
Finally, according to feminist-supplied figures, the number of women killed in acts of domestic violence isn’t “rising”, it’s decreasing.