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Friday, July 22, 2016
Community Safety Cyberbullying Misogyny "It's no coincidence a vile Instagram account was set up by boys from an elite Melbourne private school" Catharine Lumby The Age July 21 2016 #cyberbullying is a serious crime with a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment. How about stopping #cyberbullying? Dob in a #cyberbully Pete Dowe
#cyberbullying is a serious crime
with a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.
How about stopping #cyberbullying? Dob in a #cyberbully
"Under Commonwealth law it is an offence to “use a carriage
service to menace, harass or cause offence, or for the purposes of a threat”.
13 It is also an offence to “knowingly or recklessly use a telecommunications
service in such a way as would be regarded by reasonable persons being, in all
the circumstances, offensive”
Penalty Max. 3 years Imprisonment
#victoriapolice spokesman said a person found guilty of revenge-porn type posts
faced up to
10 years in
What does cyberbullying look like?
·Being sent mean or hurtful text messages from someone you
know or even someone you don’t know
·Getting nasty, threatening or hurtful messages through
social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through sites where
people can ask / answer questions like Formspring or Internet forums
·People sending photos and videos of you to others to try and
embarrass or hurt you
·People spreading rumours about you via emails or social
networking sites or text messages
·People trying to stop you from communicating with others
·People stealing your passwords or getting into your accounts
and changing the information there
·People setting up fake profiles pretending to be you, or
posting messages or status updates from your accounts
cyberbullying are treated worse than criminals
but then cyberbully -
vigilantes are the criminals."
It's no coincidence a vile Instagram account was set up by boys from an elite private school
It's becoming an all-too-familiar story. Young men set up social media accounts on which they rate young women's attractiveness. They come with a comment stream that alternates between celebrating their sex appeal and slagging them off as sluts.
It's desire and fear wrapped up in a familiar sexist bundle. These are young men who want women they can't have and so they turn their desire and fear into rage.
The latest egregious example is an Instagram account apparently set up by minors at the elite all-boys private school Brighton Grammar School on which photos of girls as young as 12 were posted along with sexually explicit comments about their appearance and their alleged sexual activities.
There are two key words in the sentence I just wrote: "elite" and "all boys".
As someone who has worked with the National Rugby League as a gender adviser for over a decade, I'm all too familiar with this scenario. But what's fascinating is how many people seem to think it's just footballers from working-class backgrounds who sometimes treat women badly.
The reality is the same factors that drive a minority of elite footy players to treat women with contempt apply across all walks of life. Social media is not to blame – it's simply letting us in on conversations some young men were already having in schoolyards, bars and locker rooms for decades.
It's no coincidence that this kind of warped male bonding behaviour often happens in male-dominated environments where guys have a sense of privilege.
There are many well-documented cases of women being "slut shamed" on social media at elite university colleges in the US and Australia – as the recent film The Hunting Ground documents.
Clearly, there's a big difference between how we need to respond to schoolboys engaging in this demeaning behaviour towards girls and how we respond to men who have had a lot more opportunity to weigh the consequences of their actions.
That's not to say there should be no consequences. Or that using girls and women as sexual currency so guys can bond doesn't start young. But it's how we respond – how the parents, the school and the community respond – that is critical.
I recently led a three-year federal government-funded study into what young people have to say about how schools and parents can help them navigate social media, friendships and intimate relationships.
The overwhelming message from the 13- to 17-year-olds I interviewed was that sex education in school largely focuses on biology and diseases. Or as one girl put it: "How not to get pregnant and not catch AIDS."
When I asked them what they needed, most of them said they wanted to know more about how to talk with the opposite sex, how to form and break up relationships, and how you talked about what you needed from each other.
Sex education at Australian schools is patchy and often involves external providers who have moral and religious barrows about sexuality and gender to push. The message too often veers away from giving young men and women the permission to speak openly about their sexuality but instead focuses on traditional gender models which assumes it's up to women to police the guys and to "keep themselves nice".
Young people have strong opinions about the pervasive double standard that assumes teenage boys only want sex and girls who display their sexuality are "sluts". The same double standard is what puts huge pressure onto young girls to be attractive to their male peers.
It's two sides of the same coin. The same contradictory messages: "Be sexy. But not sexually active." "Be attractive. But don't show you know you're attractive."
The good news is that the young men I spoke with were largely aware of this double standard and the damage it does to both genders. Many boys were indignant that adults thought they only saw girls as sex objects and adamant that they knew the difference between porn sex and real life.
A number of young men said a version of this: "I might look at porn but I'm still scared to talk to girls at the bus stop."
We are not educating young men about how to communicate with young women. We are not starting young and bringing them together to talk about how to relate to each other and the vulnerabilities and emergent sexuality that young women have in common with young men.
We are still living in a bizarrely gendered world. Yet we educate young women and expect them to make it in the male-dominated world of work. We expect young men who spend years at a single-sex school and then university college to know what young women think and feel.
Sex education in schools needs to start young. It needs to talk explicitly about how gender structures life for boys and girls. It needs to talk openly about sexuality. And it needs to encourage them to think for themselves about how they can understand each other.
Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media at Macquarie University.