What's the connection between women murdered by serial killers, a judge's legal pillory and the physical abuse of a girl?
Men. Men - Dominique Strauss Kahn-types - who declare they “love” women but in fact practice a range of manipulative tactics that have one purpose: to ensure a woman is available, willing or not, to service their needs.
Men who sexualize women, who can casually say about a friend of yours: "I'd fuck her!"
Men who offer to pay their wives for sex. Men who use their status and power in the work place to elicit "favours". Men who feel that if they've provided dinner, they're entitled to a roll in the hay.
Men who fetishize *exotic* women of African, Aboriginal, Asian, Middle Eastern, South Pacific ancestry. Men who project their needs and desires onto women and assume their raging fantasies are shared.
The stink of male entitlement and privilege oozes up from news stories these days.
This, for example:
A Manitoba man has been spared a criminal record for whipping his 11-year-old foster daughter with a riding crop as punishment for bad school behaviour. [...]
He admits striking the girl 10 times in the buttocks, which caused her to go to hospital with minor injuries. [...]
Crown attorney Debbie Buors told court the man quoted Bible verses as he struck the girl, who was put in his family’s care by Child and Family Services after being seized from a distant relative.
He was telling her "Spare the rod, spoil the child" and "When you are evil you go to Hell," while dishing out the punishment on the family’s property in eastern Manitoba. [...]
"Verbal words were not having an effect on her. She was going to have to have a spank," the man told court on Monday. He said he’d used corporal punishment in the past on his other children as a "last resort."
"I don’t think (at the time) it was out of order. I’m finding out now maybe it was," he admitted.
The man said the criminal case has ripped his tight-knit family apart because he hasn’t been allowed to see the girl for the past three years while on bail awaiting trial.
"I feel like my child has been abducted from me," he said.
That girl was probably removed just in time from his clutches. In a few years, he would have probably moved on to sexual assault, and quoting Bible verses in support.
Such overweening proprietary, misogynist behaviours manifest themselves in a multitude of malevolent actions.
This, for example.
Judge Douglas is facing four allegations of wrongdoing here.
One is that she allegedly participated in her lawyer husband Jack King's scheme to entice a client of his into having sex with her and thus sexually harassed the man; that she failed to disclose this in her application for the bench; that she altered a diary entry and thus tried to thwart the CJC investigation, and that, as a result of the public availability of intimate sexual pictures of her on the web, posted there by Mr. King and Mr. King alone, she is unable to continue sitting as a judge.
More information about the case from today's piece by Blatchford, whose focus has been true and rigorous on this story. As I pointed out in a tweet earlier this week, this is a cautionary tale for women who believe in the "justice" system. There are men who relish the adversarial tenor of the law and will exploit it to screw women, with or without their consent.
And then, there is this:
Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Tanya Nepinak, Carolyn Sinclair, and Lorna Blacksmith, police announced Monday morning. Police are also investigating whether the accused could be involved in other unsolved cases of murdered or missing women, the source says.All three women worked in the city’s sex-trade industry. Police said the bodies of Sinclair and Blacksmith have been located – reportedly in dumpsters and wrapped in plastic – while the search for Nepinak’s remains is ongoing.Court records obtained by the Free Press show police believe Nepinak was killed Sept. 13, 2011, Sinclair was killed Dec. 18, 2011 and Blacksmith was killed Jan. 12, 2012.
By the way, Lorna Blacksmith was not a sex trade worker. That fact is important to her family though probably irrelevant to her killer.
No woman is safe from predatory men who, (paraphrasing the words of Mark Steyn) can conveniently use institutions to justify their pathologies.