Thursday, June 26, 2014

A scientist gets it right

For some decades now, feminists have been arguing that society has been arranged to give men an unearned privilege at the expense of women and that male privilege has been upheld through acts of violence against women. Therefore, domestic violence is a product of patriarchy. The solution to domestic violence is, in this view, to deconstruct traditional masculinity.

There are many arguments to be made against this feminist view. One of them is that women commit acts of domestic violence as well. Women have no reason to commit domestic violence to uphold the patriarchy; therefore, there must be other reasons for its existence.

A new study carried out by Dr Elizabeth Bates of the University of Cumbria has found that women are more likely than men to initiate acts of verbal and physical aggression:
Psychologists at the University of Cumbria questioned 1,104 young men and women using a scale of behaviour which ranged from shouting and insulting to pushing, beating and using weapons.

They discovered that women were ‘significantly’ more likely to be  verbally and physically aggressive to men than vice versa.

They concluded that violence was linked to controlling behaviour such as checking up on partners and persuading them not to see certain friends.

Interestingly, Dr Bates has drawn the logical conclusion:
Study leader Dr Elizabeth Bates said: ‘The stereotypical popular view is still one of dominant control by men. That does occur but research over the last ten to 15 years has highlighted the fact that women are controlling and aggressive in relationships too.’

She said scientists may have to think again about the reasons for male violence against women, which previous studies said arose from ‘patriarchal values’ in which men are motivated to seek to control women’s behaviour, using violence if necessary.

She said other research also looked at men in prisons and women in refuges, rather than typical members of the public.

5 comments:

  1. "other research also looked at men in prisons and women in refuges, rather than typical members of the public" - That's a very interesting point, and explains how flawed science could support feminist dogma. Men who get stabbed (like my dad, at one point!) don't end up in 'men's refuges'.

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  2. Women are more aggressive than men because they believe they will be safe from retaliation.

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    1. My thought too. A friend's ex-wife accused him of being physically violent but she had confessed to my wife (thinking the 'sisterhood' would stick together) that she tried frequently to goad him into hitting her but he wouldn't and had never been anything but gentle towards her..

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  3. An article written in 1994 by Malcolm George of Queen Mary and Westfield College in the UK called "Riding the Donkey Backwards" is rather enlightening. It highlights the fact that controlling and abusive behaviour on the part of women in relationships has been understood for many years. This knowledge has been buried under an avalanche of feminist hyperbole and hysteria and not infrequent silencing and malice towards anybody who disagreed with their dishonest narrative.

    It seems I can't post links here so I suggest a google search for the title.

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    1. Here's the link Greg: http://www.fact.on.ca/Info/dom/george94.htm

      I don't think society has changed as much as the author claims - abused men have always been denigrated, and I don't think this has changed significantly. Men, unlike women, just are not seen as important unless they first prove their worth - and getting abused shows they're weak, & thus worth-less. It's not fair but that's just the way it is.

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