I’ve also observed how these stories [of sexual assault] are variously ignored or signal-boosted according to the political and cultural agenda of journalists and politicians …
In the case of the Indigenous women who travelled to Canberra, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and other media were reportedly wary that the trio’s message might cast Indigenous men in a negative light. Liberal parliamentarian Nicolle Flint was so enraged by the national broadcaster’s failure to report properly on their visit that she made a point of reading parts of Cheron Long’s testimony to Parliament at a time when the session was being broadcast live on ABC radio, including the following:
We have to live with an Aboriginal rape culture. Sexual abuse is accepted as normal in too many Aboriginal communities. When I have been interviewed by the media, I have been told not to use these words because they demonise Aboriginal men. The media don’t want to hear the truth. But white feminists are allowed to say whatever they want. Why is it that Aboriginal women and children suffer the most, but they won’t let us have our own voice when it comes to violence and sexual abuse in this country? Why won’t they let us tell our story?
Amazingly, even as the ABC was being called out for silencing Indigenous women, the announcer abruptly cut the broadcast during Flint’s presentation. …
What does it mean when a national broadcaster works to suppress reports of the “lived experience” of Australia’s Indigenous women — in the service of protecting its own ideological framework? …
The “testimony” of women — especially in regard to their material reality — is being treated as a form of cultural product. It is “consecrated” or discarded by a field of cultural power. Unlike in a court of law, neither the truth of the testimony, nor the character of the author, are as important as the institutional and political power it reinforces.
Cheron Long’s testimony about the conditions surrounding her cousin’s death was based in fact. Following the inquest into the death of Leering, James, and Mamarika, Judge Greg Cavanagh concluded that “these children lived and died in conditions of violence, sexual molestation, and despair. That these conditions continue to exist in an affluent country such as Australia is a disgrace. …
Yet a media search for the victims’ names brings up relatively scant coverage. Our screens instead have been filled with details surrounding Brittany Higgins, a young government employee who was allegedly raped in Australia’s Parliament building in 2019 by a government staffer. ..
Australia scored better than any other nation in the world in a 2018 survey of women’s workforce equality. At the March4Justice event, one woman held up a sign that read, “Karens for Justice.” But in general, it isn’t the “Karens” who are in most dire need of help, but the Laylas, Fionicas, and Keturahs — a constituency that few elites seem eager to talk about.
The prominence of issues emphasized by wealthy white women in power struggles against white wealthy men (such as what language we should be using, and the required level of female representation in executive suites) has caused many to dismiss popularized forms of intersectional feminism as “white feminism.”
Grassroots feminists like me, on the other hand, direct our anger at other issues that the media isn’t talking about. We are angry at being told that self-defined gender, not biological sex, marks the proper domain of feminist concern; that our testimony will be heard only if expressed in the idiom of gender ideology; and that only one race of people can be critiqued in a progressive framework.
As Cheron Long asserts, “white feminists,” despite all their performative disavowals of white supremacy, systematically guard their privileged access to media and political platforms from Indigenous women who deviate from the progressive script.
At least someone is allowed to call out white rich feminists. That’s new. White men are always ignored.
Many black women clearly have a much stronger case of being unfairly victimized than those white women who hog the microphone, yet are told to shut up by the ABC and the feminists for fear of criticizing black men. See the sort of nonsense we get into when people are treated as members or mascots of a group, rather than individuals? When screaming loudly gets government money flowing? So leftist.