Filtered By - Gender Bias/Domestic Violence

  • National Post Atticus Finch would have had his pick of men falsely accused of rape and denied due process today Wednesday July 15th, 2015
    The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, much in the news with the release of Lee’s practice-run novel for Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, is America’s favourite book, its extraordinary popularity undiminished more than 50 years after it was published. Strangely, though taught in high schools everywhere, it comes with no “trigger warnings” for female ...
  • National Post Only women get help for spousal violence, while men are ignored Tuesday March 10th, 2015
    A condition called hemispacial neglect, also known as hemiagnosia, is a rare phenomenon in the neurological world, characterized by the inability of those afflicted to process and perceive stimuli on one side of their environment. The most striking feature of the condition is that the victim not only fails to see what is in (usually) her left field of vision, but is also unaware of ...
  • National Post Janay Rice confounds feminists by failing to conform to their theories Thursday September 11th, 2014
    If there’s one thing that irritates an ideologue, it’s when reality does not conform to cherished theories. I daresay many feminists are grinding their teeth over Janay Rice’s refusal to speak the lines written for her in the feminist handbook on domestic violence. As the world knows, Janay Rice is the wife of Baltimore Ravens now-former running back Ray Rice. In ...
  • National Post Eight to 16% of the male population has been abused sexually in youth. Often by women. Friday September 5th, 2014
    The escape Monday of 32 teenagers from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, in Tennessee brought the facility under scrutiny, and not for the first time. Last May, a half dozen other teens tried to escape, but were unsuccessful. The whys and wherefores of the latest incident remain unclear, but the incidents have prompted recollections of Woodland Hills’ well-docu...
  • National Post A sign of hope for the falsely accused Wednesday September 4th, 2013
    When people are accused of a crime, they should be considered innocent until proven guilty. When proven guilty, they should be punished. If they have been falsely accused and their accusers acted in bad faith, then those accusers should be punished. All this should be taken as common sense. But in come cases, especially when gender bias is involved, the law makes a mockery of these princ...
  • National Post Nicole Doucet is innocent, by reason of gender Tuesday July 2nd, 2013
    Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada stayed proceedings against Nicole Doucet, who sought to hire at least one hit-man to kill her then-husband, Mike Ryan. Eight of the nine Justices accepted the unproven contention that Doucet “was the victim of a violent, abusive and controlling husband,” and that “she believed that he would cause her and their daughter...
  • National Post Willing victims of intimate partner violence Monday May 27th, 2013
    Who’d want Christie Blatchford’s journalism beat? Blatchford reports on court cases springing from the most pitiful and depraved corners of the human animal in extremis. Blatchford chronicles heartbreaking sagas of victims, often children, caught in the crosshairs of relatives’ or strangers’ unfathomable pathology. Sometimes, more horrifying i...
  • National Post Male victims of domestic abuse continue to suffer in solitude Monday April 29th, 2013
    Last week, on the eve of becoming homeless as his house passed into its new owner’s hands, Earl Silverman of northeast Calgary hanged himself in his garage. Silverman briefly hit the news a month ago, when he closed his Men’s Alternate Safe House (MASH), the only privately funded shelter for male victims of domestic violence in Canada, for lack of funds. For three years...
  • National Post Our male-victimizing myths live on Wednesday March 27th, 2013
    Twenty years ago Earl Silverman of Calgary, fleeing his home to escape violence from his abusive wife, had no refuge to take shelter in. There were plenty of shelters for women victims of domestic abuse, but for men the only publicly funded services were for anger management. The message was clear to Silverman: “As a victim, I was re-victimized by having these services telling me I...
  • National Post Nova Scotia hitman case reinforces gender bias of Canadian courts Thursday January 24th, 2013
    The more I read, the more bizarre it got. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this week on a case where an allegation of spousal abuse – never substantiated – is the heart of a troubling story that has concluded in law, but has certainly not brought any sense of moral closure to those who track gender bias in the courts. Quite the opposite, in fact. Here’s the story....
  • National Post Women’s Federation sells fear and hatred in place of facts Thursday December 6th, 2012
    In his National Post column today, “Amish lessons in Mourning,” Jonathan Kay compares two different reactions to tragic killings of women and girls. In 1989 a lone psychotic gunman killed 14 young women at the Montreal Polytechnique. In 2006 a lone psychotic gunman killed five and wounded five young Amish girls in a Pennsylvania schoolroom. The Amish grieved their loss...
  • National Post Another study undermines feminist stereotype of women who kill Wednesday October 3rd, 2012
    There are two main categories of women killers, and both types were featured on the front page of the National Post today. One article, “’Burning-bed cases rarer than thought” informs us that according to a study of spousal homicides of men by women, by Ottawa researchers in conjunction with the Quebec coroners’ office, “barely a quarter of husband killers a...
  • National Post Neither sex has a monopoly on victimization Tuesday October 2nd, 2012
    In the Letters section today, Daniela Lobo of Toronto, responding to my defence of Rona Ambrose’s affirmative vote for Motion 312, which would permit a discussion on when human life begins, poses the question, “Does the government have the right to impose regulations on a woman’s body?” She does not believe it should. To bolster her case, she poses another question: &...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on the Titanic and women’s suffrage: It’s about votes and boats Tuesday April 10th, 2012
    As with 9/11, the magnitude of the Titanic tragedy cannot be overstated. Both the Twin Towers and the Titanic were unprecedented testimonials to their respective eras’ wealth and power. Both were conceived in a period of supreme national self-confidence. And both disasters, followed by real wars abroad, triggered cultural polarization at home. One of the more fascinating spin-offs ...
  • National Post Mothers who abandon or kill their infants have a friend in the courts Monday April 2nd, 2012
    In May of 2007, April Halkett gave birth to a baby boy at the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Wal-Mart and walked out alone. The baby was found shortly afterward, and was saved. Charged with the crime of child abandonment, she was tried and acquitted in 2009. In weighing the facts and statements presented, Queen’s Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson ruled that the mother should be judged subject...
  • National Post Alberta study paints false picture of domestic violence Wednesday March 14th, 2012
    The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) has just published the results of a Leger Marketing poll of 1000 men age 18 and over on their views of domestic violence. According to the survey, most men think it is never acceptable to physically assault a woman. More than 90% of men responding to questions of what is “acceptable behaviour towards women” considered ...
  • National Post The awkward truth about spousal abuse Wednesday December 21st, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Dec. 21, 2011 | Last Updated: Dec. 21, 2011 2:06 AM ET One of first-wave feminism's great achievements in the 1970s was to end the denial surrounding wife abuse in even the "best" homes. Resources for abused women proliferated. Traditional social, judicial and political attitudes toward violence against women were...
  • National Post Women are not always the ‘gentler sex’ Friday October 14th, 2011
     Barbara Kay  Oct 11, 2011 – 2:56 PM ET Last Saturday’s Post featured an interview with Shannon Moroney, the wife of a supposedly rehabilitated Jason Staples, who in 1988 murdered a woman in a fit of rage and spent 10 years in prison. A month after their marriage, Staples sexually assaulted and kidnapped two women. He’s back in prison as a ...
  • National Post The other side of the story on domestic abuse Wednesday June 1st, 2011
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Jun. 1, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 2:03 AM ET Remarkably, a PhD student in Criminology at the University of Toronto, Alexandra Lysova, has been awarded one of 14 2011 scholarships from the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. I say "remarkably" not because Ms. Lysova herself is unworthy -on the contrary -but because of th...
  • National Post When a mother is on trial, the father is the accused Thursday November 18th, 2010
    He just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Judge Alfred Stong, I mean, who presided over the Elaine Campione murder trial. Two days ago the jury brought in a decision of first-degree murder and a 25-year sentence against Elaine Campione, who freely confessed to drowning her two little girls in a bathtub, and who freely stated in a videotape that her motivation was hatred ...
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