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Another graphic – wife beating OK for some…

…this one showing the results.

And while Canada is way down on the list, it’s still sad to see that 6% of men think that it’s A-OK to beat his wife…

Sad. And tragic.


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  1. So I guess I’m one of the 6%, although I suppose it depends on how the question was asked.

    1. trashee says:

      No, Squid-dude, I don’t think you are. It is pretty clear – at least to me – that wife beating is a distinct act apart from self-defense. It implies a dominant, aggressive and often misogynist mindset on the part of the man. Self defense is, well, self defense. Not offense.
      It would be interesting to see the US number regionally, don’t you think?

      1. Yes it would.

        Obviously, I am against spousal abuse, no matter which way that abuse flows. What is unfortunate is that F->M abuse is so often overlooked. I think you’d be surprised how many women think it’s perfectly acceptable to hit their spouse but would answer “absolutely not” to a question like “is it acceptable for a man to hit his wife”

        I’m also certain that culture plays a big part in the answer to that question. Bible Bangers, and devout Muslims would have no problem with beating their wives because their god permits it and even lays down rules for it.

        1. trashee says:

          Culture, religion and strong patriarchal societies – look at Germany for example.

  2. I believe it is acceptable to use force to defend yourself against force. If your wife assaults you, you get to use physical force to defend yourself, in my books.

    of course, that’s not to say that if she slaps you, you get to beat her with a baseball bat.

    My general rule: if you hit me, I will respond in kind. I don’t care who you are or whether or not you have a dick. If you brandish a weapon at me (be it a knife or a frying pan), I will respond in kind.

    I’ve never accepted that women get to hit people and it’s “cute”.

    One of the unfortunate things with regard to spousal abuse is that female abuse of men is grossly underreported.

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