Australia Comment: A curfew for men? What a great idea

18:11  09 july  2018
18:11  09 july  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Forcing all men under a curfew might be a great incentive for the “good guys” to find the “bad guys” and do I’d love to agree except I’ve been getting a shit-ton of really disgusting misogynist comments (unpublishable) here from gay men … Curiosity. A curfew for men is an interesting idea , though I

chat279 comments . It seems impossible to think that a curfew on men would be ever be considered but when you look at the Weinstein scandal and the need for liberal women to indulge in a satisfying witch hunt against all men , it is not that far-fetched an idea .

Under the new regime any men out after dark would have to be accompanied by a responsible female.© supplkied Under the new regime any men out after dark would have to be accompanied by a responsible female.

Gretel Lamont's recent letter in these pages "No men allowed out after dark"? What a Totally. Awesome. Idea. I have, quite genuinely, been racking my brain as to what we can realistically do to ensure women’s safety after dark.

Demanding safe passage at all hours, regardless of where we are, what we’re wearing or our blood-alcohol level is all very well but that is never going to happen, no matter how much “education” there is. There are always going to be random Evil Dudes out there.

So how do we shift responsibility for women’s safety from the victims to the perpetrators?

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Parents can set earlier curfews , as well, for when they feel their kids should be home. It can be dangerous to be out when it's dark, and a lot of people also lose discretion the later it is, so it's a great idea to keep teens safe.

Legal curfews for youth is a good idea . I think this should be left up to the parents but if they are not able to control their children then the law should step in. Leave a comment

Adding her bit to the debate – and in response to the suggestion from yet another letter-writer that women shouldn’t walk alone at night – Ms Lamont came up with perhaps the most practical and efficient solution yet. A curfew on men. Genius.

There are a number of options. One is simply to ban all men from being on the streets or on public transport after, say, 9.30pm (10.30pm daylight saving). Which is effectively the restriction currently placed on women.

As females, once we’re out and about after dark, post-peak hour, we all know we’re in potential danger. So let’s shift the burden back on to the blokes – who certainly could be at large after curfew if they chose to but would know they’re at constant risk of being caught and spending the night in lock-up. (Which, in the scheme of things, still isn’t as bad as the risk of being raped and murdered.)

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I think having a curfew is a great idea , not just for minors, but for everyone. Having a curfew would minimize crime almost completely if the risk of being out was high. I'm currently watching a movie where this is a curfew and if your out past then, you die.

- Curfews give teens a time to be home, instead of being out after hours. Some parents know what a reasonable curfew is. Many communities have agreed that enforcing community curfews is a good idea on many terms.

But how about when I want to, say, go out and have dinner or a few drinks with male friends? Well, right now, at the conclusion of an evening’s festivities one or more of my male companions see me safely into a taxi. But under the new regime any men out after dark would have to be accompanied by a responsible female, and escorted in person to appropriate transport. It’s completely do-able. I can attest to it. I’ve been doing it for decades.

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No It's Not. I do not believe a curfew of 9:00PM for people under the age of 17 is a good idea . Having been this age myself once I know there were a lot of times I was out far past 9:00PM. Leave a comment

But when all's said and done, is the idea of a curfew for men really an effective way to deal with violence against women? Suzanne Clisby, the director of postgraduate studies at Hull University's School of Social Sciences, doesn’t think so.

Same rules for any chap who works nights.

And if you can’t afford a taxi or an Uber or arrange for a friend to collect you? Well, gentlemen, you’d have to take your chances, just as the ladies currently do. (See above re risk of arrest and imprisonment v risk of gruesome, terrifying death.)

I know it sounds untenable when the bare bones are laid out like this but I – and every other woman in Australia – can assure you that it’s irritating, sure, but you do get used to it. Eventually it’ll become second nature.

And I know now the idea is out there – and given the passion of our political leaders for law and order and keeping us all safe – draft legislation can’t be far away.

Melinda Houston is a Fairfax Media contributor.

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