Regular readers of this blog would be aware that I tend to get a bit riled about the way that men are consistently portrayed as the perpetrators of anti-social behaviour, whilst their many good deeds are often taken for granted. Women, on the other hand, are far more likely to be portrayed as the victims of abuse or negative discrimination whilst their countless infractions are continually white-washed or minimised.
I just came across a post in a blog that reflected this sort of bias, a picture from which is provided below.
The post provides some tips on how observers might intervene in ways that would hopefully diffuse a volatile and potentially violent situation. That’s a positive thing. Unfortunately however, the blogger tainted an otherwise potentially valuable message with a goodly measure of gender bias, portraying:
- Men as the aggressors
- Women as the victims of male aggression
- Women as the rescuers of women suffering male aggression
(Disclaimer: I recognise that the followers of Islam do not constitute a ‘race’. I also appreciate that in the context of anti-Islamic abuse, women are more likely to be singled-out due to their distinctive clothing.)
That said, in the broader context of racially-motivated abuse in public places, it would seem that:
- Women are just as likely, if not more likely, to engage in taunting or abuse
- Men are just as likely, if not more likely, to intervene to stop abuse
And indeed I’ve seen evidence of many nasty incidents involving girls/women unleashing racist rants on others. Obviously some men are also racists, but I have noticed relatively few stories with men as perps. Why is this so? Could it be, for example, that women consider themselves immune from violent intervention by both victims and bystanders?
Here are some links to relevant articles:
This July 2017 article “based on 243 cases of verified Islamophobic incidents collected over 14 months in 2014-15” suggests that “perpetrators were three times more likely to be male“. I’m more than a little dubious.
Woman’s Islamophobic rant on Sydney bus caught on video (4 June 2017)
Walmart racist shopper’s rant against Latina and black woman (24 May 2017) USA
Airlines after hurling vile insults at Sydney family (23 May 2017)
Four Sydney Muslim women attacked in Broadway (11 May 2017) Australia
Racist footy fan exposes unhealthy obsession (12 April 2017)
Party-loving teacher marched off flight after drunken outburst (1 February 2017)
Woman captured on camera abusing a Muslim student wearing a niqab: ‘Take it off, you terrorist’ (22 January 2017) Australia
Woman abuses Coles supermarket staff in Melton (5 January 2017)
Girl, 17, fined after unleashing foul-mouthed tirade on tram traveling on Port Road on Boxing Day (30 December 2016) Lacking obvious racial overtone but otherwise similar in character to the other incidents reported here
‘Invading our country’: Racist rant on Adelaide public bus caught on video (20 November 2016) with follow-up article here
Another racist rant by a woman on public transport (29 October 2016)
Woman accused of racial abuse (16 January 2016) Australian video
Another racist rant – and threatened violence – by a woman on a train (28 December 2015) Australia
Another racist rant by a woman travelling on public transport (19 December 2015) Australia
Racist abuse on a Sydney bus left Lindsay Li fearing for her safety (25 September 2015) Australia
Stacey Eden defended a Muslim woman who was being verbally abused on a Sydney train (17 April 2015) Villain and hero are both women in this story
Psycho Chick fights with pregnant passenger on Perth commuter train (14 June 2013) Video Australia
Woman’s racist rant on train (3 July 2014)
Woman’s racist rant on bus (26 June 2013)
Woman’s racist rant on train (19 April 2013)
I also noticed that if you search on the words ‘racist rant by woman‘ on YouTube you get 165,000 results. If you search on ‘racist rant by man’, you get 317,000 results but the search results for the latter appear to capture video clips for both ‘man’ and ‘wo(man)’.
Elsewhere in this blog you might also be interested in: