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  •  "House Republicans don't want to talk about it"... (4+ / 0-)

    because they can't wait to get home to beat their spouses. ;)

    Seriously.  Nearly 40 years ago, when my wife was organzing a chapter of N.O.W. I was a co-founder as she wanted my voice, my input, the male perspective.  

    I continue to champion the quest for gender equality, but sometimes tangential extremes arise.

    The Violence Against Women Act is one instance that must be called out.

    It is sexist legislation . . . it should be gender neutral:

    Violence Against Spouses Act . . .

    OR

    Simply, . . .

    Domestic Violence Act.

    So, rewrite the act to be gender neutral and its chances for passing will greatly increase.

    Consider the following:

    Men: The Overlooked Victims of Domestic Violence

    May 16, 2012 By Ruth S.

    Domestic violence is considered one of the most pressing issues in American society. Everyone quotes the statistics given by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year, 85% of domestic violence reported is against women. However, in a conflicting survey taken by the CDC in 2010, it was found that 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.

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    by josmndsn on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:25:29 PM PST

    •  Actually this is not just about domestic (0+ / 0-)

      Violence. It's about all violence against women, regardless of the relationship, or not, between the abuser and victim.

      In the studies you talk about where men are victims, how many are hospitalized or killed by women? How many are raped, and how many get pregnant then have to deal with the rapist wanting visitation if they bear the offspring?

      I don't disbelieve that men are abused - I have seen it - but it seems that in the stats I have seen they are not as often injured enough to be hospitalized, or killed like women are. The rates are higher than many know, but the seriousness of the injuries are not usually as bad, if only because women are usually smaller and weaker than men physically, along with being less likely to be able to leave because of financial reasons.

      Doesn't mean men don't deserve equal protection if needed. No one should live in fear of others.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:49:04 AM PST

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