- Jan 31, 2009
My view is sympathetic. But I don't believe we are "given permission" to hit, slap, and punch men. Many women just believe they can get away with it, hoping the male they strike will hold to the "don't hit females" deal. Some men do, some don't, so it's foolish to say the least to bank on that.
I don't care for any woman to strike any man; generally, they are the "stronger" gender, but hitting still hurts and is a sign of great disrespect.
I think that's what was meant by permission, in a figurative sense.
I do agree that there is a bit of a double standard, but I am not sure I know of a reasonable solution beyond expecting people to treat one another decently and the idea that every one has the right to reasonably protect themselves from harm.
It just seems like a really complex issue because some of these social and legal protections, while they can be unfair to one gender, are rooted in the history of women being the target of abuse and not having rights.