I did all this research to refute Exador’s misguided wrongness last night, but my heart just wasn’t in it, and so I ended up deleting the post. I thought, “What’s the use in pointing out the errors of his ways if he’s never going to talk to me again?” But since he claims he will, I just can’t let this nonsense stand.
So, the point of his little rant is that, supposedly, women are twice as domestically violent as men.
This is interesting, I thought. What does the government say?
My, my, my. Looky here. If a woman is murdered, there’s a one in three chance it was her husband, ex-husband, or boyfriend who did it. Two-thirds of the people who are killed by an intimate partner are women. Two-thirds of the people who kill their intimate partners are men.
I don’t mean to point out a huge flaw in the Wayward Boy Scout’s beloved data, but since the study interviewed 1615 co-habitating couples, it by definition didn’t interview anyone who had fled an abusive relationship or anyone who had killed his or her partner. So, you cannot say that women are more violent than men (though good try); you can only safely say that in ongoing partnerships, women tend to be more violent. We might surmise that, in relationships that have come to an end due to violence, such as when your partner kills you or makes you so afraid that he might kill you, then the more violent partner is usually male.