Sunday, May 28, 2006

More on domestic violence

RADAR reports:
Rockville, MD -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has just released a study that reveals teenage boys are equally at risk of suffering from dating violence. The survey found that 8.9% of boys and 8.8% of girls had suffered from partner aggression during the previous year.

The nationally-representative survey was conducted in 2003 on almost 15,000 students in grades 7-12. The survey defines dating violence as hitting, slapping, or physically hurting the partner on purpose. The study findings were published this past week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review.

The CDC study confirms over 100 previous studies that have found females are equally likely as males to engage in domestic violence.

Despite those consistent findings, the media often misreport the issue.
George writes:
Your story about women beating men is implausible. Men are bigger, stronger, and more aggressive. Men don't fear women. Women fear men. Only a politically correct egalitarian would say that domestic violence is sex-neutral.
The vast majority of men aggressively protect their women, not beat them. Women like their men to be big and strong, and do not fear them.

Women do provoke fights, for a lot of reasons. It might seem illogical for someone of inferior size and strength to start a physical fight, but it happens all the time.

You can see something similar in children. Two siblings will commonly fight, and the older kid can be expected to win. And yet it is often the younger child who starts a fight.

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