Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You'd think Whoopi had threatened to cut off funding from the VAWA

The link here is to the Sept. 27 episode of The View which had a segment with Vice President Joe Biden.

During the segment (at about 20:00 into it) he talks about what he calls "The most significant thing I've done in my life.", The Violence Against Women Act. He speaks of the stories from various women that drove him to hold hearings that ended in the creation of the act.

First off don't let get me wrong. He has done tremendous good. There are a lot of women out there who are probably alive today because of that act and the changes it rendered. I am by no means trying to say that the VAWA should be ripped out of the books or anything drastic like that. However at about 27:34 we see something that folks don't like to admit to.

At 27:34 Whoopi Goldberg tells women that the way to get a man's attention is not to hit him. She also talks about how violence is bad all around and its something that kids should not learn.

You know what Biden said?
Of all the violent criminals behind bars and in jail they only have two things in common. One is they can't read and two is that they witnessed their mother or someone in their household being beaten by their father and then they repeat the act.
Yeah I know.

This is what I'm talking about. People don't like to talk about female against male violence. There is still some part of our society that simply doesn't want to acknowledge that a woman is capable of violence. I wonder if Biden is one of those that "knows" Mary Winkler was abused despite the only evidence being her own words. You can argue all you want about how women are abused more often than men are but when you start going out of your way to redirect mentions of female against male violence back to how women are the victims something is wrong. His comment in no way added to or responded to Goldberg's comment about women abusing men. And by the look on his face I almost get the feeling that he responded with that with the purpose of trying to skip past it. Wouldn't be the first time female against male violence was ignored.

I mean damn Biden has done good things for women and that is absolutely great. But there is absolutely no reason or excuse for actively denying female against male violence.


EasilyEnthused said...

I might just write him a letter about that.

Danny said...

Don't forget to post it on your blog if you do.

Eagle33 said...

I can't help but feel great pity for Biden because it's fairly obvious, the way he talked about his older sister in the past, that he was abused or manipulated.

If he addressed female on male violence, that would mean actually confronting and acknowledging what his sister did as abuse. Unfortunatly, he'd rather not.

Danny said...

Part of me thinks that same thing Eagle. Like he just doesn't want to talk about it because it would remind him of the abuse he suffered.