The Shoebox Baby Case

Are Men of Malta a Woman-Hating Society? In a recent episode, a mother left her baby in a shoebox which caused many people to raise questions regarding not merely the abandonment of the child, but the attitude of men in Malta towards women. Dr. Stefano Filetti, a lawyer, noted the mother might face criminal charges for attempted murder.

Sina Buderja, executive director of the National Commission for Promotion of Equality, pointed out, “I was irked by the fact that many people’s immediate reaction was entirely judgmental. Rather than look at the case in depth, they simply jumped to the conclusion that the mother was somehow to blame.” She noted that few people asked any questions about the father or did he have any responsibility for the child. Ms. Buderja said this same knee-jerk reaction also tends to take place in cases of domestic violence and/or rape. “You hear people saying things to the effect that the victim somehow ‘deserved it’ because of what she was wearing or how she behaved.”

Malta Today cited a recent incident in which 31 lap-dancers, mostly from Eastern
Europe, were arrested on charges of prostitution. One of the dancers asked permission to change her clothes but was told by police they wanted to make an example of the girls and show them in “their true colours.” Their true color probably means the women are evil because they are scrounging for a living and trying to escape poverty in any manner they can. The Malta Today reporter recounted how a writer for a Christian oriented newspaper reacted to the government’s attempt to promote greater female participation in the workforce by venturing to suggest that scantily-clad women in the workplace somehow “provokes” their male colleagues into sexual harassment and possibly even to rape. His comment, although printed in a major Malta newspaper, went unchallenged.

The Malta Today reporter concluded, “It could even be argued that Malta’s apparent misogyny is but a manifestation of a millennial tradition which seeks to pigeon-hole women according to certain (male) stereotypes, and only to react with anger, and even violence, when women refuse to comply.” He went on to point out that a pro-life movement to entrench an abortion ban in the Malta constitution is not even being opposed by women’s groups.
Information from Malta Today