During last Friday’s Durham debate I talked about an organisation called ‘Justice for Women’ http://www.justiceforwomen.org.uk which I’d said had been launched many years ago, Julie Bindel being one of its co-founders. It’s ‘Welcome’ page starts with this:
Welcome to the website of Justice for Women, a feminist campaigning organisation that supports and advocates on behalf of women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners.
What would you think of ‘a campaigning organisation that supports and advocates on behalf of men who have fought back against or killed violent female partners’? Hopefully you’d be as horrified as we would be.
It’s known that the majority of perpetrators of unreciprocated intimate partner violence are women, as you’ll see on slide #7 from a presentation made last year by Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan, a recognised expert on domestic abuse and violence, based at the University of Central Lancashire:
I said that beneath the sinister logo of ‘Justice for Women’ was this strapline:
Men, women and murder
On hearing this, Ms Bindel shouted, ‘Liar!’ or ‘Lie!’
A student in the audience googled ‘Justice for Women’ on his smartphone, and after the debate he went up to Ms Bindle to show her the strapline. I’m told she stormed off. He copied the image he captured that evening, and has since passed it on to us.
After the debate Ms Bindel and I had a discussion, and she said the website I was referring to wasn’t the website of the organisation she’d co-founded. We can’t find another British campaigning organisation with the same name, and here’s something. The strapline has just been removed from the website. An interesting attempt to rewrite the past. It’s like something out of Nineteen Eighty-Four. But thanks to the internet, we have proof of the strapline’s former existence:
The strapline goes back some years. A newsletter from 2006: