Violence against women no laughing matter

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The Australian Football League (AFL) has found itself embroiled in yet another furore over women, this time with two of its club presidents lambasted for inappropriate comments about prominent female sports journalist, Caroline Wilson.

As part of the Big Freeze at the ‘G on Monday last week, radio station Triple M, crossed to Eddie McGuire, President of Collingwood Football Club, who had been nominated to slide into freezing cold water to raise funds for Motor Neuron disease. In what was typical banter on the pre-footy show, The Rub, hosted by James Brayshaw, President of North Melbourne Football Club, Eddie McGuire proceeded to discuss how much money they could raise if Caroline Wilson was sent down the slide.

This in itself is harmless, but it was the way in which the discussion continued that has people up in arms. “In fact I reckon we should start the campaign for a one-person slide next year. Caroline Wilson. And I’ll put in 10 grand straight away – make it 20 and if she stays under, 50,” McGuire said. Eddie then says to Brayshaw that he knows he would be in, to which Brayshaw replied, “Straight in”. It was at this point that Danny Frawley, ex footballer and coach, chips in with, I’ll actually jump in and make sure she doesn’t. I’ll hold her under, Ed.”

At the time the chat went relatively unnoticed but social media went into a flurry of activity when the AFL launched its involvement in White Ribbon Week, the campaign to stop violence against women.

Eddie McGuire and Danny Frawley have both apologised for their comments, saying it is never acceptable to make light of violence against women. Danny Frawley issued a statement, “On Monday on radio I made a couple of insensitive, inappropriate remarks about Caroline Wilson. Clearly it was a poor attempt at humour [for] which I sincerely apologise.

“Let’s leave it at that. Unfortunately, as I said, it was a poor attempt at humour and it didn’t go down that way.”

On his radio program this morning McGuire said the following, “Anything at all that can be perceived to promulgate or support, even in a lighthearted manner, any form of domestic violence against women is unacceptable.”

As yet, James Brayshaw has made no comment.

The commentary surrounding the issue suggests that the powers that be at the AFL have simply not acted quickly enough or with enough conviction. In the week that it also announced that it will back a competition featuring eight women’s teams, a stronger response than the comments, “although seeking to be lighthearted … could be seen to be supporting violent attitudes” should be forthcoming.

Read more at TheGuardian.com

Do you think the comments were taken out of context? Or is this another example of how men in the media and positions of influence simply don’t realise it’s not okay to be ‘one of the boys’?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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    It was derogatory and certainly not OK – and some of these commentators are too ready
    with their gung-ho responses and put downs. Caroline is equal to them in every respect and
    thery should respect her more.

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      I find Caroline Wilson abrasive and lacking in sensitivity for others … (maybe this is a facade for the media, but regardless, it is how she presents herself) far more so than any of her male colleagues. She is not equal to her AFL industry media colleagues in this way – with the exception of Sam Newman.
      If the “victim” in this matter had been say Sam Newman, I doubt there would have been a word raised in objection.
      I fully agree that violence against fellow humans is objectionable and it is proper to do all possible to discourage it. When that violence is against a person less able to defend themselves (children, the aged, women, and any other similar person) then it is even more despicable.
      However I believe what occurred was not a threat of physical violence, (action likely to cause physical harm) and that Caroline Wilson has displayed over a long time a cability and habit of verbally attacking or intimidating others. She is not a victim of verbal violence, and if she agreed to contribute to a worthy cause by some form of slide/ dunking machine then that would be something positive to her image. I might even stop turning off a program when she appears on it.
      TLDNR – Nothing to do with being female – all to do with being obnoxious at times.

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      I find Caroline Wilson abrasive and lacking in sensitivity for others … (maybe this is a facade for the media, but regardless, it is how she presents herself) far more so than any of her male colleagues. She is not equal to her AFL industry media colleagues in this way – with the exception of Sam Newman.
      If the “victim” in this matter had been say Sam Newman, I doubt there would have been a word raised in objection.
      I fully agree that violence against fellow humans is objectionable and it is proper to do all possible to discourage it. When that violence is against a person less able to defend themselves (children, the aged, women, and any other similar person) then it is even more despicable.
      However I believe what occurred was not a threat of physical violence, (action likely to cause physical harm) and that Caroline Wilson has displayed over a long time a cability and habit of verbally attacking or intimidating others. She is not a victim of verbal violence, and if she agreed to contribute to a worthy cause by some form of slide/ dunking machine then that would be something positive to her image. I might even stop turning off a program when she appears on it.
      TLDNR – Nothing to do with being female – all to do with being obnoxious at times.

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      Koch. You saved me a lot of words and anger at the PC minefield that has now become overwhelming!

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    Eddie should be removed as ceo of collingwood with his love child he thinks he is untouchable he and Buckley are both arrogant and both should be removed from collingwood Buckley was never a good footballer he is only where he is now because he is Eddie McGuire’s love child Buckley would never go in and get the ball he had to be fed and the ongoing saga with Travis cloake is because of cloake and Buckley and Eddie sticking up for his love child let cloake go into the draught he is a much better player than Buckley ever was and is past his use by date as is Eddie get rid of them both Eddie just thinks he can say whatever he wants to as does Buckley they should both put their brain into gear before they mouth off Eddie did not appolagise properly or mean it he already said he would never apolagise he did not mean it he is arrogant like abbot was towards women

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      “buckley was never a good footballer”, what planet was you living on or better you had to be off the planet making that statement, he was one of the greatest footbal player of his time and this comes from a TIGER supporter.

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    Caroline Wilson certainly didn’t hold back in her torrent of horrid comments about James Hird. She is able to write whatever she chooses, in any way she chooses. I find her quite abrasive. But of course it is o.k. for yelling and screaming women to say what they want about men isn’t it. If it had been a woman JOKING about dunking some foolish man and holding him under, you wouldn’t hear a word of complaint because men have become so used to being pilloried and shamed that they don’t even argue the point which tends to say they have, as a gender, become so psychologically down-trodden it’s not even safe or worth bothering to defend themselves. I agree with Eddie that Caroline should be dunked (and repeatedly imo) in icy cold water and not allowed to escape until at least some small amount of her characteristic rudeness is frozen out.

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      james hird was the coach of essendon when they were caught out using needles and unknown? drugs, Caroline was proven right when essendon got rid of hird and are paying the price now by having more than 10 players outed for drug use, the players only followed the orders of the coaching staff which hird was responsible for.
      as for your last lines, it says a lot about yourself!

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    What has happened to Australia, unable to laugh at such banter anymore. Lighten up and don’t be so sensitive. It was funny and no Eddie M was foolish to apologise.

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      Yes I wish I knew, and it is not just confined to Australia though.
      It’s all become just so very sad.

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      This ‘it’s a joke’ why dont you get it. is just a horible nasty way of boys behaving. for grown men to use it as an excuse in these very public circumstances is a major failing. It is NOT A JOKE.
      Attacking women IS NEVER A JOKE>

      He should be sacked.

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      doclisa and you should try to laugh. It was not an attack, a threat or anything of that nature it was an off the cuff comment and not intentional, demeaning but just a joke. I think CW should apologise, not Eddie, for making mountains out of molehills.

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    Sorry Brissiegirl, I don’t like Caroline Wilson much either, but this was a tasteless joke and Eddie McGuire should know better. You would think he’d be careful not to make any remark that has a sexist connotation, particularly in relation to Caroline Wilson (after previous derogatory remarks about her). It just shows what he’s really like.

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      A genuine and funny man, we need more like him especially from some of our politicians who are so politically correct they have lost any sense of humour.

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      The way I heard it it sounded like a joke, Caroline Wilson needs to lighten up and not jump on the sexist band wagon too quickly.

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    This sort of banter is heard often, but usually directed at a man.

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    Once again “political correctness” raised its ugly head and turned what was meant to a bit of playful fun into a shooting offense.

    I am absolutely disgusted with the way social media has pumped this issue out of all proportion. Of course the disreputable media went on to have field day with it .

    Then there are those strange creatures who sit around on commercial morning television and giggle incessantly like escapees from a mental institution who had to have their disparaging say.

    We are fast loosing the ability to laugh in this country. Political correctness will eventually end up closing down anything that looks or sounds like fun. The PC gestapo are everywhere.

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    Surely we should be concerned about suggestions of violence towards anyone, female or male.

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      Some people need dunking for their own good. Try to come to grips with the real world.

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      Violence as a threat is violence that is latently there every day…we dont need this kind of man in public place. There are much better men out there…why do you even let him speak for you.
      Sack him

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      Likewise we do not need women like CW in a public place, there are much better women out there (somewhere!!) We need more people with Eddie’s sense of humour. He made no threats and you are taking the issue out of context, to fit in with your own agenda perhaps.

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      doclisa, if you were prepared to raise funds for charity by sliding down a slippery dip into the molten lava of a fiery volcano and if you were to surface after 15 minutes, then i would be prepared to bomb you to keep you down!
      That should raise at least $500 each and rid the world or two total twats.
      CHEERS.

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    ” prominent female sports journalist, Caroline Wilson.” WHO? Never heard of her.

    She should be flattered that such prominent blokes bother to talk about her, It certainly should raise her profile, if not her usefulness.

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      Why do women always spoil the fun??

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      Just when you thought you could maybe burn a few at the stack, dunk them and drown them…all in the name of a bit of boyo fun…on your anti violence towatrds women launch weekend….what are you thinking? does anyone ever ask you anything sensible…or do you just apply this bent logic to the world??

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    The fact that a simple joke has been twisted into a “violence issue” just shows what nonsense dominates the media nowadays. The whole ”anti-sexist outrage” theme is contrived, just another plank in an ongoing, one-sided campaign to denigrate and trivialise men. In Australia this starts in in school and is continued by shrill and hate-filled ‘personalities’ who have the privilege of media projection.

    I believe the haters’ systematic abuse of men is one of the “penalties of peace” (ironically the peace and freedom that permits this hate-fuelled nonsense to gain publicity has been bought largely by deaths of men) and will disappear naturally when there are real issues to It.

    This particular example of nothingness is just plain silly. For a journalist to be offended by others jests is totally beyond belief.

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      It is women like CW that turn men off the fairer (?) sex and into other forms of relationships. Hence more and more men taking the alternative route to real happiness. Many women have turned into man-haters.

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      No it’s not a plank.
      It means that every time someone famous gets away with this some boyo 15 year old boys will drown a lone woman on their way home from footy training, because clearly it’s OK…al you iditos have sanctioned it and eddie and his other mates have said that fine…off you go threaten women publically with drowning…yeah it’s so FUNNY!!!
      NOT

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      Dolisca show me evidence that threats were made. It was what normal people call jovial banter.

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      Another great response from mud Gecko.
      doclisa should go out to the suburbs and communities and stick her head up out there and really find out what domestic violence is all about and not attack a bunch of larricans raising funds for charity.

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