Take a look at this photo of the four people heading up Australia’s Digital Platforms Regulators. The control of our county’s high tech online business is firmly in the hands of women. Not a skerrick of gender diversity to be seen.
The cheerful long-haired blond is Julie Inman Grant, the powerful eSafety Commissioner whose 435 employees are beavering to keep our citizens safe online….
“Technology is routinely being weaponised against women to demean, control and ultimately silence them,” she pronounced at a National Summit on Women’s Safety late last year. She justified her organisation’s special focus on the fair sex by claiming that “Women are disproportionately targeted in every form of online abuse we deal with at eSafety.”
Note that careful language — “every form of abuse we deal with at eSafety.” Well, that’s a bit of a give-away. Let’s look at what exactly they choose not to deal with.
What they carefully turn a blind eye to:
Last month the Australian Federal Police took the unusual step of releasing police intelligence to warn of “a spike in the number of Australian boys being preyed on by international sex offenders, who are grooming them into producing explicit images and then extorting them for money. They explained that reports have more than quadrupled between mid-2021 and this year. …
The problem is global and can lead to tragic consequences. The FBI recently issued similar warnings following the suicide of two 17-year-old boys, one in California, the other in Michigan. Watch this tragic CNN news video about Ryan Stuart, the San Jose boy, who received an online message in February from someone posing as a girl. The scammer sent Ryan a nude photo and asked him to share an explicit image of himself in return. As soon as Ryan sent the requested dick pic, the cybercriminal demanded $5,000, threatening to make the photo public and send it to Ryan’s family and friends. The teenage boy told the scammer he could not pay the full amount, and the demand was eventually lowered to $150. But after Ryan paid that to the scammers using his college savings, they kept demanding more. Ryan wrote a desperate note saying he was absolutely terrified of the pictures being posted online, describing how embarrassed he was for himself and the family, and then took his own life – within hours of receiving the initial communication.
As Australian police made clear, that’s a risk here too, with clever scammers preying on desperate boys who have nowhere to turn.
Girls, girls, girls, and a staff of 435 bureaucrats to protect them:
Where’s Ms Inman Grant and her eSafety team? … [In] their recent report … there’s been not one word about boys in recent media releases. …
It isn’t as if the eSafety crew don’t know about the sextortion problem. Back in February 2019, Ms Inman Grant was quoted by the ABC explaining a new eSafety survey showed seven of ten victims of online sextortion were male, although she downplayed this by diverting attention to cases aimed at eliciting sexual favours, where the victims are more likely to be underaged girls.
The most recent annual report from eSafety includes … [this graph] claimed to represent the gender breakdown of victims of image-based abuse. Yet, in a revealing sleight of hand, they excluded sexual extortion. They left out the form of abuse which accounts for most (57%) of the total problem so they could proudly claim “victims of image-based abuse were predominantly female.”
There is a section on the eSafety website which gives advice on dealing with sexual extortion, but this includes not one word suggesting boys are particularly vulnerable.
Liars and their laws:
Keeping all the emphasis on female victims is essential to eSafety’s main game, which is all about establishing themselves as the high-tech arm of the domestic violence industry. …
According to Inman Grant, [technology-facilitated abuse] is overwhelmingly gendered — “with the victims almost always women and abusers almost always men.” …
Like the other forms of domestic violence, which we are assured keep most women in a state of terror, here too we are told women everywhere are affected. …
Laws introduced last year to protect people from extreme online abuse were aimed solely at women and girls, and planned programs to increase teen’s skills in online safety and digital literacy also will exclude males.
Just as the domestic violence industry does a skilled job denying women’s role in family violence by misrepresenting statistics and denying research, eSafety strenuously avoids the evidence that would muddy Inman Grant’s claim that TFA targets mainly women. Such as:
- Studies in USA, Norway and Australia have proven that men are more likely than women to be victims of online harassment.
- Men and women are equally likely to be victims of image based abuse according to the Australian Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance – a result confirmed by American research.
- Half of misogynistic tweets are made by women.
- Online bullying happens to teens equally – both boys and girls.
The truth is that like girls, boys are being publicly shamed through ex-partners sharing their intimate photos. They too receive unflattering comments online about their bodies and appearance and find themselves the butt of online jokes about their sexual prowess.
How much does the Australian government pay Ms Inman Grant, and her 435 team at eSafety? Which way does she vote, do you suppose?
Nice jobs for the girls.