A frustration when campaigning for equality for men is the ability to make your voice heard. Not just because of the daily clutter of news but also because whenever equality is discussed it is always through the prism of women's issues and/or when it is about man it can often be trivialised.
Getting cut through into the mainstream is vital. Turning issues swept under the carpet for decades to become the topic of 'water cooler' conversations.
This is why the current Coronation Street storyline on domestic abuse against men is so strong
and so powerful. By beaming the story into people's living rooms it will change society's view that domestic abuse only happens to women.
The story involving Tyrone who is being terrorised by his pregnant fiance is very emotional and vivid. It has also had cut through in the media (BBC Breakfast, Daily MIrror and Hull Daily Mail) features in discussions on Twitter and elsewhere.
Ian McNicholl and the ManKind Initiative have played a part (their number is featured after the episodes - what a coup!).
As well as the views of society, there will be the encouragement to men suffering in this way that it isn't just happening to them. With the helpline number at the end there is the encouragement to get
It may also continue to diminish the influence of Women's Aid and Refuge (and 'Respect')
who still cling onto their ideological view of domestic abuse.
Congratulations to Coronation Street for tackling this and let's hope the other soaps tackle other male issyes. How about Emmerdale tackle the bias in the family courts and Eastenders tackle male suicide?
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