Friday, March 02, 2018

Vigilantism reaches NZ

A US writer adequately states the problem:

"What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous."

Now we have our own #metoo campaign headed by journalist Ali Mau who yesterday told Mark Sainsbury that her "investigation" would be naming and shaming. "I'm coming for you," said the fearless Mau.

I have one word. Vigilantism.

Who will define the deed(s) and the perpetrator? What legislative framework will they work under? Who decides whether hurt to the families of perpetrators is justified? Who calculates an acceptable degree of collateral damage? Who sets the standard of proof to be met by accusers?

The potential for this exercise to snowball wildly out of control is significant.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the first call she gets from a lawyer specialising in defamation, and acting for a wealthy healthy male, and who has been named by this stupid woman for actually liking women, will make her sit up and think.

Tell her to bugger off back to Australia - Joyce wants the heat of publicity for being a twat taken away from him.

MarcW

david said...

He is not the only politician to act on what he wants to believe and not on what the data shows to be the case,

Lindsay Mitchell said...

I think you meant to post this under the post about Mr Cullen David (just in case anyone reads this post in isolation).

david said...

Yes sorry.

Lindsay do you notice that the blogs that share your concern about #metoo etc are nevertheless lashing the labour party over the latest revalations. Of course in the name of hypocrisy but the effect is the same. When will someone come out and say that teenage girls (and law students) enjoy sex just as much as the males and that teenagers actually enjoy getting plastered.

Lindsay Mitchell said...

I have. I haven't commented:-)
And agree. Isn't it the prerogative of youth to 'kick their heels up'? I did.
Where will this microscopic, moralistic attention to sexual behaviour end?