Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Daryush Valizadeh - Return of the Kings

Daryush Valizadeh is the front man for an organisation called Return of the Kings. The dear man wants to take the Western world back hundreds of years to a time when women were subservient to men.  Some of his ideas are obnoxious including the one that all rape on private property should be legal and men should go out with women with eating disorders because they are thinner but no doubt he will attract a following.  The man is clearly an idiot, but a dangerous idiot, as there are always enough disaffected men who will listen to this rubbish. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Above the law cultures

A report by Dame Janet Smith, a retired Judge who has been leading a three-year independent investigation on behalf of the BBC into the broadcaster's practices during the years it employed Jimmy Savile from 1964 to 2007, found that there was a culture of deference to "untouchable stars" and an "above the law" attitude among members of BBC management. 

Pride March Sunday 31.1.16

SECASA, along with 190 other groups, attended Pride March on Sunday, 31st February 2016.  Here is a very staid photo of Liesl Krebs, Michelle Wald, Donovan Pill and Carolyn Worth at the march.  I have much more exciting photos but did not feel this was the appropriate venue for them.

It is always a fun event to attend as well as having the more serious purpose of making sure that the GLBTIQ communities know that SECASA is inclusive and welcomes diversity.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Real Social Dynamics

I would like to think that Julien Blanc and Owen Cook, who calls himself Tyler Durdan after Brad Pitt's Fight Club character, are stupid.  It would make their behaviour and organisation more understandable.  For those who do not know they are involved with an organisation called Real Social Dynamics which purports to teach men how to pick up women.  In 2014 Julien Blanc's visa was revoked and he had to leave Australia following the nature of the workshops he was here to run becoming clear and that they were basically teaching men how to sexually and physically abuse women.  Nothing has changed Owen Cook has been given a visa to peddle the same misogynistic rubbish as his mate Julien Blanc in 2014.  These men call themselves 'pick up artists' but what they actually teach is how to abuse women sexually and physically and try and get away with it.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Kilic v The Queen

Whilst thinking that Jamie Briggs and Chris Gayle should learn to behave better and show some respect for women there is a matter with serious consequences for women who have suffered violence at the hands of their partner.

Yavaz Kilic set fire to his pregnant girlfriend when she tried to escape an abusive and controlling relationship. She suffered severe burns, was in an induced coma for five days and had to undergo skin grafts.  As a result of her injuries she decided to terminate her pregnancy.

Mr Kilic was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 years.  The Judge commented that he was imposing a sentence that sent a message to the community that this behaviour was unacceptable.  The Court of Appeal allowed Kilic's appeal and reduced the sentence to 10 years and 10 months with a non-parole period of 7 years and 6 months. Amongst the rationale for reducing his sentence were comments that the victim's injuries were not lifelong  major physical or mental injuries and the trial Judge may have been unduly influenced the viewing photos of the victim's

This seems plain ridiculous to a lay person.  Anyone with burns serious enough to require an induced coma for five days will have physical problems from scar tissue for the rest of their life.  Also I cannot imagine how having someone try to kill you does not leave you with psychological scars.