Andrew Nolch is scared.
Scared of women, scared of feminism, scared of equality and what that might mean for the people who look and think like him.
We don’t know the exact age of the man who admits to vandalising the memorial site for rape and murder victim Eurydice Dixon – Nolch told The Age he’s 29, police say he’s 31 – but what we do know is unsettling.
Despite the ferocious public backlash after his name was published yesterday, he doesn’t regret painting lewd graffiti across the patch of grass where Eurydice was killed. He’s quite proud of it, actually.
Why? Because it supposedly helped Nolch communicate the scientifically debunked piece of fiction that there is a link between vaccinations and autism.
“This was purely an attack on feminism, on mainstream media for hijacking a vaccine-causing issue and turning it into a men are bad, women’s rights issue,” he told The Age‘s Tammy Mills and Erin Pearson on Wednesday night.
The 10,000 people who stormed Princes Park armed with candles and fury that a woman was taken so young were misguided, the scientologist believes. He says men’s violence against women is not the issue here, but that the accused murderer Jaymes Todd has autism; a suggestion that is not only deeply offensive to abuse survivors, but to the millions of non-violent men and women diagnosed with the developmental disorder.
Eurydice Dixon’s death did not make Andrew Nolch uncomfortable because an innocent woman was sexually assaulted, then murdered, on her walk home from work. Oh, no. It made the amateur comedian upset because of the impact such an event has on men.
He and his peers are the real victims here, Nolch says.