Monday, 5 December 2016

Last Tango in Paris Rape Scene

I find it extraordinary that a well known Director, Bernardo Bertolucci, thinks he can own up to engineering a rape on camera of a 19 year old actor and feel confident that there will be no action taken.  There must be legislation that covers inciting someone to commit a rape.  His, and Marlon Brando's, behaviour was disgusting.  It showed no regard for the effect it might have on a young professional just starting her career. It shows absolutely no regard for societal standards dressed up in the excuse of authenticity of reactions and feelings.

See:  Why the ‘Last Tango in Paris’ rape scene is generating such an outcry now

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Turkish "rape amnesty" law

Turkey is considering a law that allows men who marry under age girls in a religious ceremony, with the consent of their family, to avoid statutory rape charges.  Instead of tackling the issue of forced under age marriage the Government is thinking about legitimising under age marriage by allowing the sentence passed on a man involved in such a situation to be postponed indefinitely.  Either Turkey is serious about wanting to be more a part of the Economic Union or it is not.  To allow people to marry their young daughters off to old men for whatever reason is not a policy of a progressive nation.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Wicked Slogans

Queensland introduced legislation this month cracking down on inappropriate advertising which will affect Wicked camper vans.  In Queensland they will no longer be able to have slogans that are misogynist and offensive under threat of having their vehicles de-registered.  Victoria is thinking of doing the same thing. It is a move that has taken a long time.  Given the demeaning nature of some of the slogans on Wicked camper vans this will be a great step in the right direction.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Request for lighter sentence on the grounds of age

Robert Burnett, a Salvation Army worker, abused seven boys he met through his work as a carer at Salvation Army homes between 1973 and 1999. His defence counsel argued that due to his age and ill health he should have a reduced sentence. This does not make sense. The reason he is in ill health and older is that he did not disclose his crimes earlier in his life. He may well die in jail but that is not a reason to give a reduced sentence. The sentence should be purely proportionate to the crimes.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Chaperones for Doctors Under Investigation for Sexual Misconduct

I have been thinking about this issue for several weeks because my first thought when this  recently arose in relation to a neurologist was that the AMA, who is the organisation responsible for doctors' registration, should stop using the chaperone system for doctors under investigation and just suspend the doctor pending the outcome of an investigation.  This seemed a straight forward answer to me.

Then I spoke to two people who see specialists for serious illnesses and the two patients had a different view.  It had not occurred to me that we should consult with patients about this as it seemed a black and white issue.  However, the view of the two patients was that they wanted a choice about whether they saw their doctor if he/she was under investigation for anything.  In order to have this choice they wanted a notice, stating that the doctor was under investigation and why, to be displayed clearly on the reception desk in the practice. Their views fit with a number of American and Canadian articles about chaperones and their use for medical examinations where it is suggested that patients should be asked if they want a chaperone when they are having an examination. These articles also note that a number of people do not like chaperones being used as it invades their privacy but that in some cases chaperones should always be used.  One situation was pelvic examinations of female patients by male doctors. But it was also noted in one article that 50 per cent of female patients did not want a chaperone in this situation.

In the case of sexual misconduct there should be no choice about a chaperone but whether doctors should be allowed to continue practicing at such times and the conditions around this practice needs some more thought and research.