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Author: Steve Carter

Once,
I
nearly
got
lynched
in
a
sociology
class.

We
were
discussing
domestic
violence
(because
that
is,
ultimately,
the
point
of
most
sociology
classes
run
by
women
in
general
and
feminists
in
particular).
After
much
throwing
around
of
angry
bromides
and
accusations
against
men
for
the
wretched
crime
of
their
existence,
someone
invoked
the
“no
excuse
for
domestic
violence”
cliché,
which
was
then
echoed
and
repeated
by
nearly
all
present.

I
was
a
youth
mentor
between
1989
and
2014,
and
was
familiar
both
with
the
statistics
and
culture
of
domestic
violence
in
the
US.
So
I
threw
in
the
fact
that,
according
to
official
reports
from
the
Dept
of
Health
&
Human
Services,

women
in
general
and
mothers
in
particular
were
responsible
for
about
2/3
of
violent
child
abuse
.

Naturally,
“it’s
not
the
same
thing!”
They
began
to
venture
all
kinds
of
reasons
why
we
needed
to
“understand
what
was
happening
first”
before
“rushing
to
judgment”
on
female
abusers.
They
began
to
rationalize,
and
after
a
couple
of
them
I
began
to
write
them
on
the
whiteboard:

  • the
    child
    was
    being
    disobedient
    and
    needed
    discipline
  • the
    definition
    of
    “abuse”
    is
    too
    broad
    and
    easily
    misinterpreted

  • sometimes
    kids
    are
    just
    egging
    you
    on

  • you
    don’t
    know,
    you
    weren’t
    there!

  • kids
    lie
    because
    they
    know
    CPS
    will
    act
    on
    unfounded
    claims

…and
so
forth.

Then
I
pointed
out
that
ALL
OF
THOSE
could
just
as
easily
be
used
to
justify
a
man
slapping
a
woman
around:

  • the
    woman
    was
    being
    disobedient
    and
    needed
    discipline
  • the
    definition
    of
    “abuse”
    is
    too
    broad
    and
    easily
    misinterpreted

  • sometimes
    a
    woman
    is
    just
    egging
    him
    on

  • you
    don’t
    know,
    you
    weren’t
    there!

  • women
    lie
    because
    they
    know
    police
    and
    social
    agencies
    will
    act
    on
    unfounded
    claims

…and
so
forth.

The
women
got
REALLY
quiet…
then
exploded
like
Vesuvius.
There
was
talk
of
having
me
kicked
out
of
the
class,
and
I
was
labeled
all
manner
of
horrible
things.
But
I
stood
my
ground,
since
the
facts
were
on
my
side
and–unlike
Duke
or
U
of
VA–could
be
readily
produced
and
objectively
assessed.

Happily
nothing
came
of
it
other
than
a
lot
of
ugly
looks
and
various
snide
comments
about
my
undisguised
“misogyny”
(which
is
Feminist
for
“he
who
wants
to
protect
children,
even
from
women”).
But
what
an
excellent
demonstration
of

Michael
Crichton’s

statement
about
a
role-reversal
scenario
being
a
powerful
instrument
for
determining
where
our
rules
and
ethics
REALLY
lie.

The
premise
behind
their
objection
to
man/woman
violence
was
that
it’s
unfair
for
a
big
person
to
hit
a
small
person.
This
is
true.
But
the
premise
falls
apart
under
simple
observation:
there
is
nothing
more
out-of-control
than
a
person
who
knows
that
her
actions
will
not
reap
any
real
consequences.
In
this,
women
own
a
two-way
advantage.
A
woman
accusing
a
man
of
abuse
will
be
assisted
without
concern
to
the
man’s
side
of
the
story,
as
demonstrated
in
microcosm
by
the
episode
in
the
Sociology
class.
But
a
woman
accused
of
abusing
a
child
will
be
allowed
to
defend
herself–often
in
the
judgment
of
other
women
of
similar
background
and
sympathetic
leaning–before
any
corrective
or
disciplinary
action
comes
around.
Further,
she
will
enjoy
(and
I
do
not
use
that
word
lightly)
the
assistance
and
defense
of
other
parties
who
lean
forward
to
her
defense
without
solicitation.
And
this
is
partly
what
informs
the
2/3
majority
in
violent
child
abuse:
a
woman
knows
she
will
be
the
sympathetic
party,
and
acts
accordingly.

And
this–I
must
add
here–is
merely
what
they
DO
report.
There’s
a
glut
of
violence
committed
by
women
that’s
either
ignored,
denied,
excused,
rationalized,
or
blame-shifted
by
women
or
sympathetic
male
social
workers,
teachers,
and
others
in
positions
of
authority.
And
woe
to
the
man
who
reports
it
as
violence,
for
he
shall
be
cast
out
for
“misogyny”
by
those
protecting
the
woman.

Original Story on AVFM
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