Hello all! I was browsing a topic on another site when a post caught my eye and made me think. I’ll be copy and pasting it below.
"So, I had a fairly recently debate where a woman was making a big schpeel about she would personally kick the ass of any man who tried to abuse her and offered to beat up any other abusive man for anyone who asked. A lot of internet tough guy ranting, talking all about how she took all these self-defense classes, and could break his bones, and smash his nose into his face, and etc., etc., etc. Then came the inevitable question from someone else, “What if it’s a woman physically abusing a man?” And she immediately started talking about how this was totally impossible because men are stronger and can just easily restrain a woman and walk away.
Does everyone remember that taco commercial that became something of a meme, the one where the family is arguing about whether they should have soft shells or hard shells at their dinner party, and no one is giving in, until the little girl of the family suddenly speaks up and says in Spanish, “How about both?” prompting the family to consider this before lifting the girl on their shoulders and going “YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!” as they realize that they can indeed have both soft and hard shells, and by extension, you have both of certain things in other situations as well?
This is not one of those situations. You don’t get simultaneously be able to beat up any man you want and then say that it’s impossible for a woman to get a physical advantage on a man. When I pointed this out she immediately blocked me. Cognitive dissonance at work."
Now whether or not you agree with it, this poster does present an interesting idea. If a good chunk of people view violence against women as awful in all regards and violence against men as exciting, funny, awful, or justified depending on the situation, how should we write the former into combat scenes and men into serious scenes dealing with an abusive spouse, who possibly may be female? I’m eager to hear your response CoG-ers.
NOTE: The moment I figure out how to do a gosh darn poll I’ll try editing one in