OUR SAY: Eddie McGuire’s comment assault not banter
"HE ONLY does it because he likes you."
It's a line from an ad delivered by the well-meaning mother character as her daughter has a door smacked in her face by a young boy, and leaves little doubt as to why women are almost dulled to the point of no return when it comes to being belittled by men.
Add to this the horrid point-of-view videos published that show the frequency that women are cat-called and wolf whistled on the streets, and it would take a fairly hard-hearted person not to understand how even seemingly small things can blow up for women.
I mean, "it's just a bit of banter", right?
So says broadcaster, and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, whose words on the weekend have seen him garner the spotlight again, this time for belittling a woman.
That woman is Caroline Wilson, an award-winning AFL writer and pioneer in her field, and she wasn't subject to a bit of banter. Three professional broadcasters joked that they'd pay money to see her held down, and drowned.
This isn't a catcall, it's not an innocent comment, it's joking about the deliberate killing of a woman.
And Eddie's response, of course with all the right buzzwords, is that it was "just a bit of banter" and nothing was meant by it.
And it takes us back to that boy in the commercial, wringing a wry smile as he slams the door in her face. The same tone the three professional broadcasters on radio portrayed as they joked about drowning a female that had entered their boys club. It wasn't banter. It was an assault.