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The New Zealand Matriarchy (twice updated)

(Continuing correspondence with the New Zealand Minister of Justice)

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This is correspondence on women's violence and on the way that the Law oppresses men.  The first letter which I sent to the Minister of Justice in 2013 was not closely related to the later two, but I am including it here, because the Minister appears to have lumped all three together in her mind.

 

(slightly edited)

 

21 June 2013

The Minister of Justice
Parliament House
Wellington

Dear Mrs. Collins,

I have read a news article – which says that you are looking into the matter -- about a woman who had borne the child of an eleven-year-old boy (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10890674). Obviously, the main issue here -- apart from the welfare of the couple's child -- is the fact that this woman has had a sexual encounter with a boy who was below the age of consent -- in fact, even below 12. As far as I am aware, the relevant legislation treats male and female offenders in the same way.

(See: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM329203.html?search=ta_act_C_ac%40ainf%40anif_an%40bn%40rn_25_a&p=6).

A) However, the article raises the issue of whether enough attention is paid to women as offenders of this kind. In this connection, I refer you to the following webpages:

1. Sexual Abuse by Women and
2. Males Suffer Horrific Rate of Psychological Abuse.

Because of the way that Feminists dominate the media, the universities and even the National Party (with Prime Minister John Key acting as a de facto woman, and supporting the anti-male White Ribbon campaign), men are type-cast as offenders and women as victims. This means that few, if any, resources are devoted to seeing what sexual abuse women get up to in the home, during all the woman-hours that they spend looking after children. Then, because such offenders are not found, they receive no publicity, and women continue to be type-cast as victims, and men as offenders.

This is not a matter of law, but a matter of policy, and I hope that you will get together with the Minister of Police and see what can be done about it.

B) According to the above-mentioned news article, this event also raises the issue that women cannot be charged with rape. That is a totally separate issue. As I pointed out in a Submission on the Crimes Amendment Bill (No. 2) (in 2004), which was ignored:

... there is no reason -- other than Feminist sexism and deliberate discrimination against men -- to retain a separate male-against-female offence called "rape" (or, indeed, under any other separate name). Either you understand the word "equality" (under which banner Feminists have persuaded vast numbers of men almost all over the World to institute changes to legislation), or you do not understand the word "equality". ...the above planned exception for rape indicates that the (then Labour-led) Government does not, in fact, understand the word "equality", that it is therefore incompetent to be politically active in a country that is purportedly "free and democratic" (section 5 of the Bill of Rights Act 1990), and should resign forthwith from Government and from Parliament en masse.

C) However, there are other such examples, which show that the legal system over which you preside is rife with anti-male discrimination, and that you are therefore, by implication, more than happy to pretend that women are oppressed (by having a Ministry of Women’s Affairs, but no Ministry of Men’s Affairs), while in fact oppressing men. One example is the separate offence of "Male assaults female", which carries a higher maximum penalty than does "Common assault" (the Law Commission has recommended that this discriminatory provision be abolished), and another example is the fact that female circumcision is illegal but male circumcision is legal.

 

Yours (etc.)

 

Since the above letter did not ask any specific questions or make any specific suggestions, I followed it up with the letter below:

 

(Open Letter to the New Zealand Minister of Justice, 26 August 2013)

 

Dear Mrs. Collins,

On 3 December 2012 I received an email from the Ministry of Justice (copy enclosed) which informed me that the Ministry was doing nothing about the Law Commission’s recommendation to abolish the sexist and discriminatory Crimes Act offence “Male Assaults Female”. This imposes a higher maximum penalty on a male who assaults a female than on any other person who assaults an adult. The Law Commission proposal would replace this insane provision with provisions which imposed punishments which were proportional to the severity of the assault, rather than depending on the sex of the offender.

The Ministry of Justice is a virtual branch of the Lesbian Feminist International, and is therefore dedicated to an anti-male crusade, so I am writing to ask you if you intend to follow the Law Commission’s recommendation, and if so, when.

In fact, I was recently assaulted by a female (a Maori female, in fact, which makes her even more holy) and sustained visible wounds. I rang the Police, who then arrested me for assaulting her – even though she was not injured (because I had not assaulted her). At first, they charged me with “Male Assaults Female”, but then they changed the charge to “Common Assault” – apparently because the alleged assault was not serious enough! So the Police are in fact using “Male Assaults Female” for more serious assaults – except that they cannot apply it to women offenders!

When you were Minister of Police, I think you managed to divorce the Police from their addiction to the “Power and Control” model of domestic violence (for which here is no evidence). If so, I congratulate you on that feat! However, what appears to have happened is that they have replaced this with an anti-male-violence White Ribbon campaign, which was started by a random couple of Canadian morons. In a “free and democratic society” (s. 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990), there would be no discriminatory “Male Assaults Female” offence, and the Police would not support an anti-male-violence campaign, without also supporting and anti-female-violence campaign.

As in my case, no male can report violence by a female to the Police and be confident that he will be dealt with fairly or professionally, and the reason is the anti-male culture, of which the White Ribbon Campaign and the offence “Male Assaults Female” are both a symptom and a cause.

Then, because no one encourages men to report female violence, Police arrest statistics show that more men are arrested for assaulting women than vice versa. In fact, the research shows that women assault men just as much as vice versa:

Research on Domestic Violence in New Zealand

Women Who Initiate Domestic Violence

Professor Fiebert's Annotated Domestic Violence Research Bibliography

 

Letter from Judith Collins  20.9.13

(slightly edited)

 

29 September 2013

Hon. Judith Collins
Minister of Justice
Parliament House
Wellington

 

Dear Mrs. Collins,

Thank you for your letter of 20 September 2013, which confirms that you are doing nothing about the Law Commission’s recommendation to abolish the sexist and discriminatory Crimes Act offence “Male Assaults Female”.

As I stated in my letter of 26 August, because no one encourages men to report female violence, police arrest statistics show that more men are arrested for assaulting women than vice versa. In fact, the research shows that women assault men just as much as vice versa:

Research on Domestic Violence in New Zealand

Women Who Initiate Domestic Violence

Professor Fiebert's Annotated Domestic Violence Research Bibliography

 

Under the Official Information Act, could you please answer the following questions:

  1. What evidence do you have for your statement that “… overwhelmingly, assault, including in a domestic context, is committed by men”?

  2. Have you looked at any of the research, which I had already referred you to, via the above three links, which demonstrates that that is an outrageous lie?

  3. Are you capable of understanding scientific research, given that your background is tax law?

  4. Have there ever been any publicity campaigns to encourage women, specifically, to report violence by their male partners to the police? I have seen many.

  5. Have there ever been any publicity campaigns to encourage men, specifically, to report violence by their female partners to the police? I have seen none.

  6. In the absence of any such campaign, how can police arrest statistics for violence possibly represent the reality of the violence that is committed by females on males?

  7. Is the government leaving its male citizens unprotected against female violence, and waiting until they retaliate, and then arresting the men, because of a sexist desire, on the part of female politicians such as yourself, for women to be allowed to get away with violence?

  8. Are you aware that the Ministry of Social Development website supports the “It’s Not OK” (http://www.areyouok.org.nz/) campaign?

  9. Are you aware that the woman who runs that campaign has the “Power and Control” wheel on her wall (according to a TV3 interview)?

  10. Are you aware that the Power and Control wheel is a fictional, sexist, anti-male propaganda tool?

  11. Are you aware that there is an equivalent anti-male Power and Control wheel, because such things are easy to construct (see http://powrcont.html )?

  12. Is it appropriate for the Ministry of Social Development to be supporting the “It’s Not OK” campaign, when its philosophy is apparently anti-male, intellectually incompetent and not really aimed at reducing family violence but at enabling the free exercise of female violence?

  13. Is the fact that you ignored my argument and my evidence, and terminated your letter with the statement that “… overwhelmingly, assault, including in a domestic context, is committed by men” an indication that you consider that Women’s Suffrage, which I saw you celebrating with a comment in Parliament, was just an abuse of the word “equality” in order to empower women to impose and maintain inequality in favour of women?

Yours (etc.)

Letter from Judith Collins

26 January 2014

Hon. Judith Collins
Minister of Justice
Parliament House
Wellington

Dear Mrs. Collins,

The Ombudsmen have advised me to rephrase my recent Official Information Act request to you in terms which are strictly compliant with that Act.

Under the Official Information Act, therefore, could you please answer the following two questions:

  1. I refer to your statement that “… overwhelmingly, assault, including in a domestic context, is committed by men.” Does the Government have any policy document which recommends encouraging male victims of female domestic violence to report it to the Police? The deliberate absence of any such advertisements conspires to perpetuate the myth that it is mainly men who commit domestic violence.

  2. Does the Ministry of Justice hold copies of the following New Zealand research papers, which demonstrate that it is an outrageous untruth to state that “…overwhelmingly, assault, including in a domestic context, is committed by men?” (a) Magdol, L., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Fagan, J., Newman, D. L., & Silva, P. A. (1997). Gender differences in partner violence in a birth cohort of 21 year Olds: bridging the gap between clinical and epidemiological approaches. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 68-78. (b) Moffitt, T. E., Robins, R. W., & Caspi, A. (2001). A couples analysis of partner abuse with implications for abuse-prevention policy. Criminology & Public Policy, 1 (1), 5-36. (c) Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Ridder, E. M. (2005). Partner violence and mental health outcomes in a New Zealand birth cohort. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 1103-1119. (d) Ehrensaft, M. K., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2004). Clinically abusive relationships in an unselected birth cohort: men's and women's participation and developmental antecedents. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113 (2), 258-270. (e) Jackson, S. M., Cram, F. & Seymour, F. W. (2000). Violence and sexual coercion in high school students' dating relationships. Journal of Family Violence, 15, 23-36. (f) Lewis, A. & Sarantakos, S. (2001). Domestic Violence and the male victim. Nuance, #3.

 

 

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