The statistics are shocking: women experience 572,032 violent victimizations a year and approximately 28% of those abusers are either husbands or boyfriends; men fall victim to 48,983 incidents a year.
- Second sentence of a study on domestic violence carried out, inexplicably, by an online dating service.
"We were surprised to see that almost three times more women than men would be willing to stay in a physically abusive relationship if they either got an apology or if their loved one went for counseling," said
Shira Zwebner, Relationship Advisor for Date.com.
- Fourth sentence of the same study, which cites "advisors" from online dating sites as experts on domestic violence for similarly inexplicable reasons.
Number of Paragraphs which Reference Chris Brown and/or Rihanna: 3, out of 3.
Number of Headlines which Manage to Imply that It's Women's Fault for Getting Hit, Because They're Stupid: 1, out of 1.
That Headline Is: "Single Women Would Stay in Physically Abusive Relationship; Single Men Would Hit the Road."
GET IT: "Hit" the road, ha ha ha. Or some women, the numbers would seem to indicate!
Just: Kill me now. Jesus.
Most Depressing Part: The surprise. Because, you know, it's not like these figures would seem to confirm that we live in a culture wherein male violence towards women is pervasive and normalized or anything. Women just keep getting hit! By men! 'Cause they're stupid! So let's all lecture them on how to avoid abuse, rather than using this opportunity to communicate to men - the gender which has the shockingly high propensity for physical abuse in the first place! - that they should maybe not do that shit, ever.
You know, after writing about this stuff every day for six months, I'm seriously wondering whether there is anything left to say.