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Dr. Evil -- This did bring up an interesting question. What if this ship was sinking and they didn't have enough life boats? If it was filled with feminists (and no men) who would get in the lifeboats and who would be excluded? They wouldn't have men to be sacrificed so just how would they decide?
Dr. E. -- There is no question that my wife has the legal advantage if things turn sour
Dr. E. wrote -- What I have seen in successful marriages is the man and woman working as a team and splitting up the shit work evenly and enjoying each others company. Each one benefits. Not just one or the other.
How is it that our general legal understanding of domestic violence
as defined by the male abuse of women is so squarely contradicted
by the empirical reality? Honestly answering this question requires
tracing the history of both the theory and practice of domestic
violence law. Undertaking such an exploration, one quickly finds that
the "discovery" of domestic violence is rooted in the essential feminist
tenet that society is controlled by an all-encompassing patriarchal
structure.8 This fundamental feminist understanding of domestic
violence has far-reaching implications. By dismissing the possibility
of female violence, the framework of legal programs and social norms
is narrowly shaped to respond only to the male abuse of women. Female
batterers cannot be recognized. Male victims cannot be treated.
If we are to truly address the phenomenon of domestic violence, the
legal response to domestic violence and the biases which underlie it
must be challenged.
The consequences for domestic violence theory, however, are only
a small part of a much larger threat. Domestic violence represents
the prized gemstone of feminist theory's fundamental message that
our legal, social, and cultural norms are fashioned in a manner which
permit men to engage in a constant and pervasive effort to oppress
women by any and every available means. A successful challenge to
the patriarchal definition of domestic violence may thus undermine
feminism itself. To remain true to feminist theory, no aspect of male-female relations can be considered without first accepting the male
as all powerful and the female as powerless.119 The gender hierarchy