I have written other posts on this blog about the way in which violence towards men is ignored or even condoned by the media and the law, in the case of both violence in general and domestic violence. I realise that many will read those posts and shrug their shoulders muttering about whining men (slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails) and oppressed saint-like women (sugar and spice and all things nice), and I thought it was worthwhile commenting on an unbelievable report in the newspapers today concerning a women, Sarah McKenzie-Ayres, who walked free from court, grinning, after being found guilty of hitting an innocent man on the head with a champagne bottle, scarring him for life and wrecking his career prospects. According to the newspaper report, the reason she wasn’t sent to jail for what the judge called “extraordinary violence” was that she was remorseful and believed the man was “making unwelcome advances”. You can judge for yourself how remorseful she is by looking at the photograph in the report linked above. I am not sure what was going through the judge’s mind, but the only question I would ask is what would have happened if the man had hit her with a champagne bottle. I suspect he would have been locked up in jail for a significant length of time. Apparently any woman can hit any man with impunity and suffer negligible consequence, yet a couple of days ago there were reports in the papers that wolf-whistling may be made a crime! So much for equality under the law: George Orwell must have had the current state of gender equality in mind when he wrote in Animal farm “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.