Violence by Women: A Historical Overview

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    1. Well men do seem to be more emotionally volatile and aggressive in most if not all cultures. This does suggest some innate properties. Also it does support the male warrior hypothesis and it also supports the tribal instinct.
      But I do think that some of the male stereotype is socially and culturally driven.

      I would really like to know what your view is on that.

  1. I think we’re in agreement, mostly, though I personally do not believe that males are *inherently* more violent than females. I do believe that male aggression is socially indoctrinated and yes, of course, almost all male violence is directed at other males.

    Still, if you look at the behaviour of small children, there’s no apparent disparity in aggression; but because boys are formally and socially taught not to hit girls (rather than teaching kids that violence is wrong without sex/gender issues being induced) the girls bully boys, around 20 times as much as the reverse, with impunity carried into adulthood. Not really a surprise that women hit men so much more than the reverse.

    1. Thanks for the links. Yes, I think you raise a very interesting point.

      It seems to me that all this political hysteria of violence is preventing meaningful discussion. To begin with, the context of violent behaviour is rarely examined properly. There is no doubt that men are by far the more violent sex, but the proportion of men engaging in violent crimes constitute only a very small percentage of the population and breaking down violent crimes by severity of violence cuts this down even further. Next, if we look at the directionality of violent crimes, we see that well over 95% of violent acts by men are directed at other men. But the most important question: what drives men’s violence? Poverty? Revenge? Mental illness? Surely, most of this cannot be reduced to random violence. After all, aggression has evolved purposefully.

      If we want to curb violence, we must first understand it without political corruption. At the end of the day, we’re still talking about human beings, right?

      1. I think they key here is in understanding how boys have always been subjugated into being providers and fighters, historically. We’re biologically designed to protect, but this is clearly tweaked and taken advantage of. Though we, in the developed West, do not really need the same level of protection against immediate threat, we still raise boys in much the same way.

        There is no evidence to suggest that males are biologically more violent than females. We simply treat boys far worse; we push them into greater physical competition, coerce them into aggressive sports, beat them, shame them, cut their genitals and make far greater demands of them. It would appear that testosterone is produced by aggression, rather it being the cause of aggression.

        My personal view is that men’s larger physical size is offset by women’s slightly greater aggression in human symbiosis. Studies have shown that domestic violence rates are highest in lesbian relationships and lowest in gay male relationships.

        1. There is no evidence to suggest that males are biologically more violent than females

          Hmm, it’s difficult to dispute that males are by far the more violent sex. The point is that male aggression is intra-sexual—it’s almost always directed at other males.

          It would appear that testosterone is produced by aggression, rather it being the cause of aggression.

          Correct. Testosterone plays a much greater role in behaviour than most people realize—all recent studies point to it being the key social hormone. I’ll be posting about this in the near future.

          Studies have shown that domestic violence rates are highest in lesbian relationships and lowest in gay male relationships.

          If you haven’t found it already, I’ve covered this topic before in an earlier post.

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