Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Update: Female on Male Domestic Violence


I intended to link to this report on my previous post on the subject, but I mislaid the link. It is now recovered!

These statistics do show a worrying trend. Were it 60% of male students who believed it acceptable to assault women, I suspect that the news would have been given greater prominence. In fact, the number of males who believed male on female violence to be acceptable was significantly less, at about a quarter.

The prominence given to men's violence against women in the last 40 years seems to have taught most males that it is not acceptable to hit your partner judging by this survey. How many of them actually put this accepted wisdom into practice is another story.

But Professor Strauss is absolutely correct. We must make the same 'big deal' about female violence as we do about male violence. This goes especially for the left and for feminists, who have tended to dismiss the issue. It is about time we look at facts rather than misinformed and generalised politics on this issue, and be consistent and non hypocritical.

2 comments:

kris said...

Sorry, but who IS professor Murray Strauss?

Your taking the unknown professor strauss' material and holding it up as gospel is an undergraduate mistake.

I have no doubt that women attack men and that same-sex domestic violence is also an issue. The reason, dear Liz, why female to male domestic abuse is rather limited in the great scheme of things is that men typically are not physically or financially trapped in such relationships.

Liz said...

"The reason, dear Liz, why female to male domestic abuse is rather limited in the great scheme of things is that men typically are not physically or financially trapped in such relationships."

Dear Kris, neither are most modern women these days.