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Protecting boys from sexploitation - why the eSafety regulator isnít interested : Comments

By Bettina Arndt, published 13/7/2022

Note that careful language Ė '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.

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Ultimately silence women. If only. I have nothing against women - well most of them - but the problem ones make plenty of noise. So loud are they, that it is often hard to remember that 80% of women are OK. As usual in our society, it is the noisy minority that gets all the attention and causes all the problems.

Thankfully, we have Bettina Arndt to expose these harpies
Posted by ttbn, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 8:58:19 AM
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I'm not sure why you believe it's the role of a women's protection agency to look after young men or teenage boys.

Not sure how reliable your numbers are, given all you gave is a single example of one disturbed lad! Who was caught by his own sexual appetite/morality!

The lesson every boy and his dog should know, don't share anything on line you would not share with the world, cause that what you do, do!

If one wishes to share extremely intimate images, then wear a disguise, a mask or some such, or better yet use snail mail and post your photos, or better yet forget all the above options and share your intimacy in the first person.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:50:20 AM
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Alan B

So you're saying women are inferior.
Posted by Cumberland, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 2:40:00 PM
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I agree that excluding sexual extortion from the Commissionís analysis of complaints by gender is misleading. If this form of abuse is predominantly targeted at men and boys then it would be better to include both sets of data.

But to conclude from this that the Commission is indifferent to the abuse of men and boys is ridiculous.

The Esafety Commission report identifies the following areas where it has taken legislative or other action:

Cyberbullying of children
Image-based abuse
illegal or restricted content
Abhorent violent material
Education and awareness

In most of these, gender is not a particular issue. Where gender is an issue, it is mostly women and girls who are more likely to be victims than men and boys. In only one sub-category in one action area are males more likely than females to be victims Ė sexual extortion, which is a sub-category of image-based abuse. And while males are more likely than females complain of this particular crime, there is nothing to suggest that a gender-specific response is needed. The very sound advice the website offers is equally applicable to men and women, boys and girls. And the case studies include the stories of men and women, boys and girls.
Posted by Rhian, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 2:51:50 PM
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So you're saying women are inferior.
Cumberland,
That's a rather inane remark ! Women are NOT inferior, they simply have a different role to play biologically & instinctively. The fact that many (as do many males) are going against their natural place is an unfortunate hick-up in evolution !
Posted by Indyvidual, Thursday, 14 July 2022 9:16:45 AM
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Arndtís comment on the Digital Platforms Regulators is particularly asinine. This is not a board or government appointed body, in which gender balance might legitimately be a consideration, but one of several forums hosted by the ACCC in which regulators who share areas of common interest and expertise meet to exchange ideas and information. It has no powers, though its membersí organisations do. Membership is not selected but is ex officio according to the Forumís Terms of Reference.

https://www.acma.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-03/DP-REG%20Terms%20of%20Reference%20.pdf

That the people holding the relevant positions all happen to be female is a coincidence of no significance
Posted by Rhian, Thursday, 14 July 2022 5:09:40 PM
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