This can also be a response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A House Divided.” Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides.
Hitting a woman is considered taboo, but hitting a man still isn’t. What do you think about that and the video above?
If the woman had been the one provoking the man to hit her, then he did so, only to be punched back by that same woman — would you have reacted the same way?
M: If you’re okay with women hitting men — and I’m not talking about playing around — then you should be okay with men hitting women. It’s their right to defend themselves.
W: Self-defense? Seriously? Most men are physically stronger! There are plenty of other ways they can restrain those women from hurting them.
M: Not all women are physically inferior. Isn’t that sexist?
W: That’s stating facts. Look at me. I’m taller and bulkier than a lot of women I know, but when I got into an altercation with my ex-husband, the fight wasn’t fair. He tried to use the equality card, too, but there was nothing physically equal in that. And this is just one example. There’s no excuse to beat a woman senseless.
M: There’s no reason to beat anyone senseless. Violence is violence. If you hit someone, you open that door to be hit back. Now, how far you take that is a whole nother story.
Here’s a reblog of “Chris Norris on a relationship trend that’s more common — and serious — than you think.”
I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I GOT punched by a girlfriend. It was during a fight on a New York City street corner, over a subject I’ve long since forgotten. But the punch — thrown as I leaned in to make a point, thrown reflexively, out of unchecked rage — stayed with me. It didn’t hurt that much, tagging me just below the left ear. But it caused serious damage.
I didn’t hit back, cry, or scream “You monster!” But my reaction was probably not what she might have hoped for. It was not: a) She must be really angry!, b) How could I have been so insensitive?, or c) What a feisty woman I have!, but, sadly, d) This bitch crazy. And by the next morning, our future had clouded over.
According to a Penn professor who studies these things, every American man has about a 28 percent chance of being struck by a woman at some point in his life (in related news, the number of girls ages 10 to 17 arrested for aggravated assault has doubled in the last 20 years). And yet no one seems to take the phenomenon that seriously. Maybe it’s because men, generally speaking, are bigger and stronger, and we assume there’s a real limit to the physical damage women could actually inflict. We don’t picture these scuffles resulting in bloody noses and black eyes or a trip to the station house. Furthermore, pop culture has made the idea of a pretty girl whaling on a guy a wacky comedy staple — Angelina Jolie smashing wine bottles over Brad Pitt’s head in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Cameron Diaz coldcocking Edward Burns in The Holiday were both played for laughs. But the reality of getting hit by your girlfriend isn’t so sexy or hilarious.
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