Rape ‘Artistry’ should be “UnAustralian”

The following is a copy of an email I sent to Minister Dutton this morning, after reading that more ‘workshops’ are scheduled to be delivered in Australia early this year by a group renowned for perpetuating and perpetrating violence and abusive behaviour towards women and, perhaps worst of all, profiting off the incitement of this deplorable and despicable behaviour in others. If you agree, you can contact Minister Dutton and/or sign the Change.Org petition to deport/revoke the visas of those involved

Dear Minister Dutton,

I write to you to request that the visas of anyone involved with Real Social Dynamics, including Julien Blanc, Owen Cook and Jeff Allen, be revoked because of their public history of perpetrating and inciting in others violence against women.

This current government has previously stated that

This man and this team are part of the domestic violence problem globally and contribute to the problem here in Australia. We know how many women died at the hands of intimate partners last year – the belief that it’s acceptable to behave in that way starts with the belief that behaviour such as belittling, physically restraining, physically harming, mentally abusing women is also acceptable. Our government needs to prove that women deserve respect. That decent human beings respect women. That healthy relationships form out of respect for women. That women are not sexual objects to be acquired and won. Our government can take action by refusing the visas and releasing a public statement as to the reasons behind it.

Do you think that women are less worthy than men, Minister Dutton? Do you think that women are less deserving of respect and safety? Do you believe that it is acceptable that men disrespect women? Do you think that men should have the right to commit violent acts against women?

If you allow these men to come to Australia and deliver their talks, you and your government will be saying exactly that.

I have signed this petition at Change.Org that has the following text:

Australia says NO to Jeff Allen and his teaching of violence against women.

Please consider acting as Scott Morrison did in the role of Immigration Minister when Jeff Allen’s colleague Julien Blanc tried to tour the country teaching men domestic violence tactics in workshop events, and revoke Allen’s visa.

Australia has lately been discussing violence a lot as we try to work out how to reduce the number of domestic partnerships which are fraught with violence and abuse. A good step in tackling this would be to say very clearly that we do not hand out visas for people to come to Australia and promote, and profit from the promotion of, domestic violence and specifically violence against women.

These men have built a business advising young men that their best option for a romantic or sexual encounter with a woman is to belittle her, physically restrain her, mentally deride her, and abuse her until she submits. These tactics are promoted on their social media and in videos from their seminars, and now they are touring the country preaching to young Aussie men this same dangerous mantra.

If this Coalition Government is serious about promoting equality for women, denouncing violence against women, preventing the growth of a culture of domestic and public violence of all varieties, a good indication of this would be not to issue business visas to people whose business model is founded on workshops which teach and promote abuse which may very well border on criminal.

Australia, like many other nations, requires that visitors and people who are wishing to migrate are of good character as outlined in the Department of Immigration policies. In making a determination on whether a person is fit for entry into the country, the Department applies a ‘character test’ which ultimately decides whether or not a person is granted a visa to enter Australia.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (the Minister) and a decision maker in the Department have the power to make a decision to grant or refuse a visa on character grounds on a case-by-case basis. It’s important to note, that the Minister or the Department have the authority to revoke a visa that has already been granted if it is later established that the person has failed the character test.

A person is deemed to have failed the character test if:

• they have a substantial criminal record
• they have an association with another individual, group or organisation whom the Minister reasonably believes has engaged in criminal conduct
• they are likely to engage in criminal activities in Australia
• they are likely to harass, stalk, or molest another person while in the country
• they are likely to incite discord within the community, or a segment of the community within Australia
• they represent a danger to the community, or a segment of that community by being likely to become involved in activities that are disruptive, violent or threatening.

Jeff Allen represents a profit-making group advocating tactics which include harassing and stalking women, they advocate a mentality to women that does not value consent, and they represent a very real danger to the community, they are also profiting from a business model which encourages violent and threatening behaviours, it is very likely that Jeff Allen would fail the character test just as Julian Blanc retroactively did when his visa was revoked.

We ask that you apply the character test to Jeff Allen and any associates from Real Social Dynamics, to determine grounds to revoke visa approval.

 

Regards,
Kahiwa

 

It was a good day

Written this morning, on the train ride commute into the city… 

Today is a good day.

Forest scene - pic from unsplash

I feel rested after a week holidaying at home in NZ. I got to bathe in the wonderful comfort of family and familiarity, so warm that even the 40+ degree summer days in South Australia can’t quite compete. I got to see NZ’s beauty as new again through Mark’s eyes. I switched off from work completely – the first Xmas/New Year’s Day break in a few years where I could actually do that. And on my return home I got an afternoon/evening of doge cuddles, who smelled of home and happiness and love.

And now, it’s the first day of work for the calendar year.

I am optimistic again. Enthusiastic again. Feeling curious and empowered again.

I have big plans for today, and for 2016.

Recent years have felt like hard slog – demolishing, rebuilding, discovery, negotiating, crawling, recovery. Whereas previous years have required a complete demolish and rebuild of foundations – sometimes huddling in a caravan, avoiding leaks as torrential rain pours that halts any work – this year feels different. The foundations are complete and strong. The scaffold is there – it’s time to make it whole and beautiful.

How nice it feels.

Today is a good day.

Manakau, NZ - pic by Mark Drechsler