A few months ago the BBC Newsnight programme broadcasted an outrageous piece on domestic abuse and violence (DA):
Kirsty Wauk interviewed three women on the matter. In the background were images of victims of DV, all of them women. The clear message anyone watching the programme would have received was that the overwhelming majority of victims of DA are women, and the overwhelming majority of perpetrators men, which 300+ studies show to be manifestly untrue. They show that women are at least as physically aggressive towards their intimate partners as men. Indeed, the highest incidence of DV is in lesbian relationships.
We were surprised but pleased by a rare break in this anti-male narrative on Woman’s Hour recently, when two female academics presented some facts about DV which must have come as a surprise to the programme’s regular listeners. The piece started off with the presenter’s outright lie that ‘we know’ that abuse of men by their female partners is on ‘nowhere near’ the same scale as the abuse of women by their male partners, but after that it gets better:
It’s vanishingly rare to read, see, or hear non-feminist narratives in the mass media, and very occasional pieces such as the Woman’s Hour piece are but drops in the ocean compared with what radio listeners and TV viewers have encountered decade after decade. There’s no ‘balance’ in any meaningful sense.
The BBC has been far from alone in peddling feminist anti-male narratives decade after decade. All mass media outlets have done the same. But as the taxpayer-funded broadcaster you’d really hope for better from the BBC. You’d be relentlessly disappointed, but you could hope.
Increasingly, feminist narratives in the mass media are driven not so much by what’s said, but by what isn’t. Problems faced by men simply aren’t reported. On the BBC lunchtime news today there was a sterling example of this. The piece starts with the murder of a woman by her partner, who had a history of being violent towards women, and moves onto domestic violence. See if you can spot the briefest of moments when the existence of male victims of DV is acknowledged: