Initial sketches above: the far right was based on a Confucius quote "He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount". Middle was a preliminary sketch for the 'Stats' painting. Right was a geek inspired idea with a male and female square thumb wrestling which I was going to call "Boys wee standing up, girls wee sitting down". My son came home from school and suddenly started making all these assertions about things that my daughter couldn't do because she was a girl. We overcame this for now by saying the only difference between boys and girls is girls wee sitting down and boys wee standing up.
Stats. There will be things in each house for statistical representation of domestic violence, child abuse, neglect and alcoholism. While researching for this work I discovered the following which I will be representing symbolically in the painting. 15% of households are filled with domestic violence, of this 4% is committed against men, 14% of children are sexually abused, of this percentage over 70% is perpetrated by a parent, 27% of Australian children are subjected to physical, emotional abuse or neglect.