One more thought

A quote from the salon article analyzed yesterday:

“Other DOJ data shows men are more likely to be attacked with a knife or hit with a thrown object; women are more likely to be grabbed, held or tripped, raped, or sexually assaulted.”

It seems to me that – forgetting the rape bullshit – what men do to women (ie. “grabbed, held or tripped”) show a conscious effort to do the least bodily harm possible. OTOH what women do is the exact opposite: stabbing with a knife is done to cause serious injury.
What does this tell us about the violent natures of men and women?

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3 Responses to One more thought

  1. thevagrantsvoice says:

    “grabbed, held or tripped” show a conscious effort to do the least bodily harm possible.

    Genuinely not trolling, but I’m not sure this is necessarily the case. Without more specific definition of the terms, “grabbed, held, and tripped” are pretty broad, and might well incorporate some pretty serious behavior. For instance, there’s a difference between just tripping someone as they’re walking around on the sidewalk and tripping them when they’re at the top of some stairs–the latter isn’t a “conscious effort to do the least bodily harm possible,” it’s an intent to break the unfortunate person’s neck. By the same token, there’s a difference between “grabbing” someone, like, say, grabbing their arms to restrain them, and “grabbing” someone, as in “grabbing their neck and squeezing.” The latter obviously isn’t “a conscious effort to do the least harm possible,” and indeed, given superior male strength, can be just as deadly as a knife attack–plenty of people have died from being strangled, after all.

    I might be wrong, but I’m looking at the salon article and it doesn’t really specify in any greater detail. Maybe the DOJ data does? I couldn’t find it there, either. Therefore, I’m not entirely certain this data tells us *that* much about the “violent natures of men and women,” at least not without some further explanation.

  2. Deansdale says:

    If it would be neck-grabbing, they’d say “choking”. In fact arm-grabbing is a very typical form of male violence, if you can really call that violence, because in my book it’s more of a “warning”. Of course it’s unpleasant but it can’t be compared to stabbing for example.
    This “tripping” thing is a bit dodgy, I don’t think it’s common at all. It even sounds silly. It’s what elementary schoolers did before the age of neoliberal bigotry in schools, not something adults do to each other. I’ve never seen – or heard of – any adult tripping another in my whole life.

    So, back to basics… The typical forms of male violence towards women are grabbing an arm, restraining the movement of the female, pushing, shoving, whatever. Actually all these do very little real harm.
    That is a well-known fact that women use weapons more often, and I reckon that shows some mean intent. (By ‘weapons’ I mean anything which can be used as a weapon, eg. a frying pan.) Pouring boiling water on someone is not a warning if you catch my drift :|

  3. Richard says:

    Intuitively obvious.

    Men (boys) are raised not to hit women (girls).

    Women (girls) are not raised with the equivalent.

    There will be exceptions to this rule of thumb, but – they are just that – exceptions and not the rule.

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