Civil Tube: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

One of the points we’ve really tried to emphasize here at the Civil Word is that violence against women an issue of violent men. And in order for this country — and indeed the world — to address this problem will require men to accept responsibility in ways small and big. This is the topic of a wonderful TED talk given by Jackson Katz co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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4 comments

  1. Well first off, I think conflating Elliot Roger with a discussion about domestic violence is erroneous. So I’m going to hone in on DV specifically. To assert it as a gendered issue (say, male perpetrators and female victims) requires one to completely ignore, dismiss, or be ignorant of the data available that demonstrates the contrary. That is, we literally have pages upon pages of academic meta-analysis that shows near-parity in male and female victimization rates, and overall higher perpetration rates by women. Here are a couple of links I encourage you (or anyone reading this) to spend time with:
    PASK Database – http://domesticviolenceresearch.org/pages/12_page_findings.htm

    Fiebert Ph.D. Bibliography – http://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

    So you say domestic violence is a men’s issue because men perpetrate it against women. I, and more importantly the numbers, say that is only half the story. If you start with an incomplete premise, any social policy that results is doomed to the same fate. This assertion has data as well:

    Hines Ph.D. – https://www.clarku.edu/faculty/dhines/June_2009_LA_Conference_Presentation%20w%20corrections.pdf

    Last thing, promise. With all due respect to Mr. Katz, Erin Pizzey (of the very first battered women’s refuge fame) gives a much better presentation on the subject – https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=705&v=LvdZ7kS14Cg

    Best,

    RP

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