Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:39 AM
A small percentage of spousal physical abuse is by women towards men. A much larger percentage is men towards women. The reason for all this leeway granted to women re: physical abuse is quite simple - men are bigger and stronger than women. Do some women abuse that status? Sure. It's a consequence of living in a more tolerant and just society.
CarterForPresident is of course wrong when he says that men are always hitting women - physical abuse of women has no doubt declined over the last 50 years, at least in the U.S. You just think it's increased because since it is rarer, it's now bigger news. Man hits woman would be 'Dog bites man' of the early 20th century in the U.S. (and indeed, is still the case in many parts of the world).
Re: this Varlamov stuff, who knows what exactly is true, but all the Russian hockey writers jumped on Twitter to defend him, which was rather odious.
I'm not going to say that women physically abusing men is a serious problem, but as far as percentage of actual REPORTED cases, if you could somehow tally every single incident of domestic abuse, the percentage of actual reported man-on-woman physical abuse in relation to actual incidents of such is higher than the other way around, and for obvious reasons...men being afraid of the stigmas that will go with calling in such an incident, etc.
Say a woman smacks a man in the face twice. Technically, that IS assault. Will the man call the police? Probably not. It's also unlikely that the people around him will pressure him to report it, even if he has visible marks on his face.
Man does the same to a woman...she is more likely to call it in. If she doesn't want to, people around her will likely threaten to report it themselves, even more so if she has visible marks on his face.
Not even really disputing your original percentage statement (man-on-woman violence definitely happens more), but just stating that woman-on-man violence happens far more often than is ever documented.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 01 November 2013 - 10:40 AM.
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