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Stop Saying Men Are More Responsible for Domestic Violence Than Women

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Contrary to years of alarming reports by the media focused only on domestic violence by men, women actually commit more domestic violence incidents than men. But the UN ran a global campaign this winter titled, “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!”The  description of the drive made frequent references to “violence against women and girls,” but did not include any mention of “violence against men and boys.”

 

Multiple studies of domestic violence have found that slightly more men than women report being a victim of domestic violence within the past year, 19.8% to 18.8%. Last year, the Coalition to End Domestic Violence issued a report entitled “Thirty-Years of Domestic Violence Half-Truths, Falsehoods and Lies” which revealed massive amounts of bias in this area.

 

Much of the perception that domestic violence is mainly perpetuated by men against women developed in the 1990s, when then-Sen. Joe Biden drafted the “Violence Against Women Act.” Despite all the taxpayer money thrown at the program, there is little or no evidence that VAWA-funded programs have succeeded in reducing rates of domestic violence.

 

And according to commentator Christina Villegas, protecting persons from partner abuse “has never been the primary intention of VAWA.” Instead, the domestic violence campaign has been a “political movement that seeks to change social norms and redistribute resources, power, and control to women, with the long-term aim of a genderless, socialist society.”

 

Another stereotype that persists also began in the 1990s: “More women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.” Even the left-wing Snopes fact-checking site labeled that false. Snopes explained, “The claim that Super Bowl Sunday is ‘the biggest day of the year for violence against women’ is a case study of how easily an idea congruous with what people want to believe can be implanted in the public consciousness and anointed as ‘fact’ even when there is little or no supporting evidence behind it.”

 

Longtime leading feminist Gloria Steinem once declared, “The most dangerous situation for a woman is … a husband or lover in the isolation of their home.” This is false. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading causes of injury deaths for women are falls, followed by poisonings and then traffic accidents.

 

The left-wing dominated legal system is responsible for much of the misinformation. The website of the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women was found to contain massive misinformation. It was so bad that all of the inaccurate fact sheets were removed by 2021. 

 

However, some false data remains on another DOJ website, the Office for Victims of Crime, in a document entitled “Facts About Domestic Violence.” Based on on findings from the

National Crime Victimization Survey, it incorrectly relates the same inaccurately compiled, tired old statistics.

 

The International Association of Chiefs of Police mostly ignores the fact that domestic violence is perpetrated against men too. The National District Attorneys Association is almost as bad. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges issued a pamphlet entitled “Bringing the Greenbook to Life: A Resource Guide for Communities,” which contains the words “battered mothers” and “battered women” 27 times, but not a single instance of  “battered fathers” or “battered men.” 

 

The American Bar Association issued a two-page flyer, “10 Myths about Custody and Domestic Violence and How to Counter Them.” The Coalition to End Domestic Violence found, “Overall, the great majority of assertions and conclusions in the CODV flyer were found to be unsupported, misleading, or wrong.” Not surprisingly, the ABA took the paper down; but not before it was posted on the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence website. 

 

Perhaps the reason this myth is perpetuated is because of the outdated perception that women are helpless to defend themselves from men. Times have changed. Women can call 911, own guns, learn martial arts to defend themselves, and use the deterrent threat of shaming on social media and through the regular media. Of course there are exceptions to all of that where a woman may be unable to utilize any of those — but there are also situations where a man may be unable to defend himself from a woman, such as situations where she is stronger or has a weapon and he doesn’t. 

 

The bias is a problem because it promotes harmful stereotypes of men. Instead of being the protectors of women, they are viewed as abusers and predators. It makes women unnecessarily scared to have relationships with men, and puts men on eggshells dating women. It also makes men less likely to contact law enforcement for help with domestic violence — which then perpetuates the myth that they aren’t —  a vicious cycle. The numbers of men who contact services for help are drastically smaller than women — as much as 99 to 1 in areas such as legal assistance, sexual assault services and transitional living services. 

 

Contrary to a popular stereotype, black men are more likely than black women to be victims of domestic violence. Mandatory domestic violence arrest policies likely result in disproportionate arrest rates among black men.  

 

Women are also more likely than men to be involved in abuse of their children. They commit 53% of child abuse incidents, and mothers are responsible for 71% of child homicides committed by a parent. 

 

Unfortunately, researchers who attempt to refute the misleading claims are targeted by activists. The late Professor Suzanne Steinmetz published a book showing that men and women commit domestic violence at approximately equal rates. For this, a letter writing campaign was launched to deny her promotion and tenure at the University of Delaware, and her daughter’s wedding received a bomb threat.

 

Finally, during the COVID-19 epidemic there were wild claims that being stuck at home has increased domestic violence. But four different studies found this was not true. 

 

What is it going to take to stop this hurtful stereotype from being perpetuated? People daring to speak up and say enough, especially leaders and men who have been hurt. 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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The Disney Corporation and its Bizarre, Massive Turn to the Left

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Disney World is not a magic kingdom, it’s a tragic kingdom.

The Disney Corporation has taken a sharp, bizarre turn to the left: its corporate officers support the sexualizing of 5-year olds, prompting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to reign in this corporation-gone-haywire.

DeSantis recently said, “The state of Florida is governed according to the interests of the people, not according to the political posturing of corporate executives in California. We will never allow corporate influence to repeal the substantive rights of parents in our state.”

Not the That Disney I knew

Disney World, in Orlando, opened the year I turned 20. The next year, fifteen of us from college made the 20-hour drive from Connecticut in a three-car caravan. Years later, in my 40s and 50s, I was booked at various resort centers in Disney World for conventions and conferences as a professional speaker. Each visit was always a treat.

As have legions of others, I have soured on Disney World. They have been coerced, intimidated, or brainwashed by the Left. The pronouncements of their executives and spokespersons are disheartening. Disney World has joined the side of extremism, making statements in support of de-funding police, ‘canceling’ selected individuals, and the rewriting of American history.

In January 2021, Disney decided to halt all political donations to lawmakers who objected to the electoral certification of Joe Biden on January 6th. Yet, Democrat lawmakers similarly objected in the elections of 2000, 2004, and 2016, about which Disney was silent.

When I learned of this action, I wrote to a Disney official:

Greetings, Ms. Mucha,

           The Art of the Steal is a comprehensive analysis, in 32 illustrated pages, that illuminates the massive 2020 election fraud…if you’re curious enough to read it. Perhaps Disney will take an active role in publicly acknowledging the myriad issues it raises. The world is watching.

           Someday, may our representative republic recover from this historic theft, and may Disney be on the authentic side of history.

I didn’t expect a reply, didn’t receive one, and doubt that my words had any impact. Still, one has to make the effort.

Applauders of Mayhem

In previous years, Disney has made questionable statements that should be of concern. At one point, they praised Snoop Dogg (real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr.), for being an ‘American icon,’ something on par with ‘Mickey Mouse.’

Who was the genius in the Disney PR department who issued such a statement? One merely has to review Snoop’s rap sheet to see his involvement in crime after crime for decades (this just a partial recap):

Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., born October 20, 1971, in Long Beach, California.

1990 – Convicted of felony drug possession and possession for sale (cocaine) and being a member of Los Angeles gang the Crips.

1994, 1995 – fought charges pending in an attempted murder case.

1997 – Plead guilty to assault charges and promised to make public service announcements against violence in exchange for three years probation.

2003 – Implicated in a civil rape case from when he guest-hosted the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show. One month before the 36-year-old plaintiff filed her suit, Snoop sued her accusing her of extortion. Both suits were dropped.

2006 – Banned from the U.K. and British Airways after a fracas at London’s Heathrow Airport.

2006 – Detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security because his carry-on bag contained a dangerous weapon.

2006 – Arrested in October at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California in possession of marijuana and a firearm.

2006 – Arrested in November for possession of marijuana and a firearm after performing on The Tonight Show.

2007 – Avoided a jail term on gun and drug charges in April but sentenced to five years probation and 800 hours community service.

Police and airport officials obviously can’t be everywhere, so fill in the blanks as to what else Broadus, this exemplary icon, has done.

No Moral High Ground

Apparently, Disney seeks to display some type of moral superiority and exalt family values mainly to attract more patrons. As word spreads about how unfamily-friendly and unpatriotic the corporation happens to be, perhaps they’ll get hit in the pocketbook. Maybe fewer people will visit when they realize that Disney World is in league with those who seek to destroy America, as we know it.

Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave. Roy Disney would be astounded at the changes within his brother’s beloved company.

It’s a sad situation when one of America’s showcase companies caves to the Left, but that is the sign of our times. Until such companies, their top officers, and their boards of directors show some spine, America will be held hostage by Leftist lunacy, smokescreens, and propaganda.

Disney World is not a magic kingdom, it’s a tragic kingdom.

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Movie Reviews, Part 6

Overall, 2021 was a tough year for movies

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Here is the last of six articles featuring movie reviews. Overall, 2021 was a tough year for movies, and going forward, the AMPAS, dominated by Leftists, is doomed.

Don’t Look Up — with five Oscar winners, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ryland, you would think that this satire would be a gem, but you’d be wrong. Satire works when it’s on the mark and somewhat subtle. Don’t Look Up is poorly written, with blatantly exaggerated roles, while stealing visual themes from Fail Safe, Doctor Strangelove, and  Contact.

Mark Ryland as the weak voiced, mealy-mouth, billionaire, techno-twit steals the show. Meryl Streep overplays the self-serving, master-manipulator U.S. president, veinly impling that the past president was anti-science. With the current administration’s ending of covid restrictions based on politics, however, not science, the political swipe boomerrangs. I suppose you have to see this movie as a cultural ticket to punch, but it will soon fade from memory.

The 355 — starring Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, and Penélope Cruz is nearly a complete miss: An international crew of female spies, who can easily beat brawny men in any hand-to-hand combat, take it upon themselves to save the world with the clock ticking. Unfortunately, the quips aren’t that clever, one disjointed scene follows after another, and the parts don’t add up. You’ve been here before.

The Lost Daughter — with Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, is a disappointment. Despite Colman’s yeoman effort in her role as a college professor on vacation, the story line itself, based on the novel of the same name, is sorely lacking. The character portrayals surrounding Colman do not ring true, and some of the action is herky-jerky and out of sync. The ending is an ambiguous let down. Skip this.

Red Rocket Can you stand watching degenerates for two+ hours? I couldn’t. The movie is another in long line of plots about self-absorbed, self-glorifying, motor-mouthed con artists who skip through life on their looks or fleeting charms. Ignore the high ratings on RottenTomatos.

Nightmare Alley How can a movie with Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Toni Collette, Mary Steenburgen, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, and Richard Jenkins not hit the mark? As a remake of the 1947 film noir, it’s not a bad flick, but it is too long, too slow, and in serious need of film editing. Watch it if you’re a big fan of Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, or Cate Blanchett. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

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