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Blog #4

According to the Bejing Platform, there is a strong correlation between domestic violence and violence in war. The main factor is power. Men that oppress women through violence usually react out of a power struggle, which is the #1 reason for why countries go to war. Now as far as domestic violence, the connection is clear. In society, men dominate over women, and the men that commit acts of violence clearly do it to remain in control and in power. Men, or society for that matter, expects certain things from women because of how they are biologically constructed, and that's the cause of abuse at times. For instance, some men decisions over a women's body for her and determines what the outcome of a situation is, such as pregnancy. Forms of violence that aren't as obvious, but violence non the less, are forcing women to be pregnant, and even making them have an abortion. This shows the connection of how society makes men the dominant force as well as the connection of how women are subjected to it, not only in public society, but also in the privacy of their own homes.

Comments

What is the Bejing Platform?

The Bejing Platform is a declaration, not a scientific study. It is not a set of varifiable facts or credible opinions. Therefore, it cannot be cited as a premise for this discussion.

Anyone who asserts that "there is a strong correlation between domestic violence and violence in war" should be able to cite the statistical analysis that proves this.

"Men that oppress women through violence usually react out of a power struggle, which is the #1 reason for why countries go to war."

Isn't this obvious? War is about power. I'm sorry, but this is not an insight and it has nothing to do with gender roles.

The connection is NOT clear.

So is domestic violence really motivated by disagreements over abortion? Isn't this a little shallow and reductionist?