Monday, December 28, 2009

Double Standards Deluxe: Women Excuse Their Domestic Violence Towards Men

I have commented ad nauseum about black Africa, free speech and myriad other "offensive" topics. Let's put it this way; I thrive on debate and have very little respect for anybody's ideas. It's up to you to defend your beliefs, and in a way that is logical, rational and can stand up to rigorous debate.

I am no more racist, bigoted, anti-theistic or misogynistic than a lamp post; some even say obdurate. But I do have feelings; I despise any infringement on my freedoms, and I loath intellectual dishonesty. You see, enlightenment leads to real freedom and dispenses with the redundant behaviour, faith.

That all said, my life's reference has endowed me with a healthy bullshit detector, and I enjoy going out of my way to highlight the hypocrisy of bullshitters. Now if you are driven by a similar ethic, then you will "get" that a broad array of topics fall under the blog theme, since there is so much manipulation and bullshit around.

Now that I have the disclaimer out of the way.

In 2010 I will continue to prod, prick and expose many uncomfortable truths. One that I have touched on before is male oppression. This time in the guise of domestic violence. Actually, it is a pity that we cannot focus on South Africa, in this respect, due to a poor data set.

Anyway, review the embedded picture. What is the common denominator? You got it. Women are victims, and men are nasty, violent perpetrators; which is bullshit. In fact, do the exercise yourself. Google domestic violence and then review the images. You will hardly get a balanced visual perspective. With this as a backdrop, consider the following the article.

Remember that bumper sticker, "There's no excuse for domestic violence"? I haven't seen one in a while, so maybe they've gone out of fashion. Truth to tell, I suspect they have. Because after all, we've got plenty of excuses for domestic violence. Indeed, pretty much any excuse will do as long as it's a woman hitting, slapping, stabbing, taking a sand wedge to... a man.

Did Elin Nordgren give hubby Tiger Woods a few shots? We don't know, but that doesn't stop people like columnist Sally Kalson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from reveling in the fantasy that maybe, just maybe, she did. After all, Tiger seems to have committed adultery, so isn't domestic violence a justified response? Kalson seems to think so, and if she doesn't, she scrupulously avoids saying so. Maybe she was just engaging in a little juicy revenge ideation that no one's meant to take seriously, but she never got around to mentioning the fact.

Slate's excuse for Nordgren's domestic violence, if it occurred, was to tell us that women's DV is so rare as to be unimportant and, anyway, it's all done in self-defense. Now if those claims were true, they might have a point. I don't know of anyone who would deny to another person the right of legitimate self-defense. But Slate's claims are contradicted by huge amounts of social science done over many years. And besides, I also don't know of anyone who claims that that's what Nordgren was doing. So Slate's whole exercise was aimed at (a) purveying disinformation about DV and (b) excusing Nordgren's violence if there was any.

Saturday Night Live's skit on the incident makes out female-on-male DV to be a joke. Again, it's not something to be taken seriously, and therefore, excused.

And as Donald Jeffries points out in a piece on Helium, about which I've posted my own article, popular culture still routinely depicts small women knocking the lights out of large, strong men. And in every case, of course, the men "deserve" what they get. So violence against men by women is excused by what the men did or who they are.

Meanwhile, in the real world, there's this (New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/9/09) and this (MSNBC, 12/10/09) that have come across my screen in the last couple of hours. In the first, a woman poured boiling grits on her boyfriend while he slept. Her excuse? He had announced he was breaking up with her. The second woman hit and slapped her disabled male partner because she wanted him to eat a piece of bread and he wanted a roll. I'm not making that one up; it's right there in the article.

Now, as we so often see, the last two articles linked to never get around to calling domestic violence by a woman against a man "domestic violence." So maybe there's some confusion about that. Maybe the writers are so steeped in our cultural disinformation about DV that they truly can't see it when a woman does it to a man. Or maybe they see it but just want to perpetuate the false notion that women don't commit DV and men aren't victims of it. But as any propagandist can tell you, the simple refusal to acknowledge facts that contradict your point of view is one of the most effective tools of propaganda ever dreamed up.

Refusal to admit the existence of female-on-male violence - what's a better excuse than that?

Source: Glenn Sacks - Fathers and Families

11 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

VI - of course there is domestic violence against males. Have you seen some of these agro women around? I have no doubt that they beat their men. Having said that, domestic violence is seen largely as male-on-female violence as woman are seen as physically inferior. Just as rape is also seen as mostly male-on-female violence - although we all know that men can also be raped. Does it make it right? No. The media also need to expose and remind people that men also suffer at the hands of females.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:34. That is the point; more balanced reporting, rather than create the myth that men are predominantly the perpetrators. Don't lend any credence to small self-interest groups without reviewing the evidence vis-a-vis the Huntley academics.

Anonymous said...

Physical abuse of spouse or partner is abhorrent but unfortunately it happens all too often where there are other stressors, like recession and crime.

It is still no excuse. I saw a documentary last week on CSI where it was stated that children are being removed from violent homes in America so that they don't perpetuate the behavior when they grow up themselves.

Anonymous said...

@Dachs. What a fucking stupid idea. Children don't perpetuate the behaviour because they saw it. It shows you how ignorant the establishment is. Children perpetuate the behaviour because they inherited it. They are not blank slates, that begin their programming from birth.

Anonymous said...

Here I must beg to differ, VI, there is definitely a sociological aspect to domestic violence in that it's been condoned for so long. I believe wife beating was accepted as quite legal in the US until as fairly recently as 1920.

Spouse abuse is not confined to race or social class, it happens right across the colour and class spectrum. And now women have climbed onto the act as well.

A couple of nights in jail has proved to be a valuable deterrent to battering, though. And that's whether the perp is male or female, makes no difference.

Anonymous said...

Talking about abuse, someone has just subscribed me to BEE News. Ho hum.

FreeThinker said...

@ Dachshund - Let's not forget there are religions and cultures today that still condone it...

Anonymous said...

Islandshark: Oh, yes, but there are plenty who pretend not to condone it but do it quite happily anyway.

Anonymous said...

Great article! I've noticed that has also posted a few informative articles on this issue. I think Tia may have been a victim of false allegations and ís running another blog called “borderline attack” or something to that effect.

The process is aimed at destroying families, especially the head and breadwinner of the family. It’s a fucked-up kaffer law for the kaffers. Although whites have their domestic quarrels it seldom ends in bloodshed. But the law has a far broader definition of abuse than simple assault. Calling a woman a bitch even if she deserves it or provoked such a response, can land the man behind bars. The system is turning men into scared pathetic little rats. The feminist groups have gone too far!

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Anonymous said...

Do you remember Charlize Theron's mother shooting her (Charlize's) abusive drunk father dead in self defense?