Women shouldn’t be punching bags so men can cope

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Mark Latham is back in the headlines by, predictably, taking another swipe at a high profile woman.

During a one-off special podcast ahead of his new Triple M show “Lathamland” on Friday, Latham said men used domestic violence as a “coping mechanism” and described the issue as a political conspiracy launched by a “feminist left”.

The former labour party leader’s comments were widely condemned on social media, sparking a change.org campaign and a complaint by White Ribbon, calling the statements “shameful”:

“Mark Latham’s views on domestic violence, as aired by Triple M, show his lack of understanding and knowledge of this complex issue, including its prevalence, causes and community response,” White Ribbon Australia chair John Rosewarne said.

But Latham’s comments reveal a lot more than his ignorance.

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