Dances with Guilt: Looking at Men Looking at Violence

Diemer, Ulli
Publisher:  Connexions Information Sharing Services / Ulli Diemer, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1991
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX5286

Why are some men violent?

Ulli Diemer argues that "the realities of violence show us that it's not as simple as the sexist slogan: 'Violence is a male thing'. First, because many males are not violent (indeed many are the victims of violence), and secondly, because women too can be violent. For example, in Canada, mothers murder children as often as fathers do. Women do twice as much child battering as men do. Elder abuse is committed more often by women than men. Battering occurs in lesbian relationships. Women are increasingly joining the military and demanding the right to go into combat. Women in power (e.g. Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandi) have shown that they are as likely to resort to force as male rulers."

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