Violence Against Women and Girls is a Men’s Issue

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The inequality between the genders has been going on for many thousands of years; there’s no denying it. If you read some of the teachings of the Bible, the Koran, and even what we know about ancient civilizations such as the third dynasty Egyptians, it’s clear that many societies favored men and boys over women and girls. A male was seen as dominant, a fighter, a warrior, and a worthy heir, whereas girls were supposed to spend their time washing and preparing food for when the men return.

Naturally, the human race has evolved since then, and in today’s society, we don’t tolerate this kind of male-orientated behavior in most first world countries. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a divide between the sexes. While the divide on a social front recognizes complete equality, the fact remains that men are often physically stronger than women – leaving them more vulnerable to violence, whether in the workplace, in public, or in the home.

So why do we still see horrific violence towards women and girls in today’s society, even though we have put aside the unfair practices of the past? Well, the reason is pure and simple. Men are testosterone driven, a natural substance that increases aggressive tendencies. Testosterone is mainly is a throwback to times gone by when men were the natural hunters and relied on their instincts and aggression to hunt and kill prey for food. They needed aggression to hunt and ward off predators and other men. Today, there is no aggression needed to buy food from the local supermarket, so all that extra energy and aggression still exists, but isn’t being used nearly so much.

Of course, we’re painting with a very broad brush if we label all men as aggressive, just because they have testosterone in their veins. That’s far from the case, but it’s clear to see that men are much more likely to be violent than women, based upon the hormone factor. Some men cannot seem to control their primal instincts as well as others, and they take out their pent-up aggression on those who are least likely to fight back, women and girls. There’s also no denying that the majority of inmates in our prisons are male. However, while they are willing to lash out against females, there’s also a factor of self-preservation at work, meaning attacking and being violent towards another man is less likely, as another man in most cases will fight back.

So, what statistics can we see when examining violence against women and girls? It’s difficult to estimate due to the reluctance of some women and girls to come forward and talk about violence where they’ve been a victim. Many millions of women around the world still are being physically and sexually assaulted, and are afraid to speak out. However, the estimation is that at least one in three women has experienced some kind of violence, either sexual or physical, at some point in their lives, with the perpetrator being a male they don’t know intimately. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on the way you look at it), two in every three women have experienced violence at the hands of a man they DO know.

In conclusion, then, we can clearly see that although violence towards women and girls isn’t completely down to the men, in the vast majority of cases, it is an issue that men themselves need to address. Just because they are the stronger sex in physical terms, doesn’t mean they have the right to express violent tendencies at will and subject women to physical abuse. In today’s world, we are trying to put a stop to it, but there’s thousands of years of evolution and violent tendencies fighting back, so the fix is not going to be overnight.

 

Source: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures

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