Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/20/2009

Percentage of Women Who Believe It’s OK For Husbands To Hit Them


Image via Global Health Magazine

Just in case you haven’t seen this chart yet (via Jezebel and Feministing) it depicts the percentage of women who believe that their partner would be justified in hitting or beating them.

I know that the argument of “men are abused, too” always comes up when I bring up domestic violence. And it’s true, men are abused as well, and it’s a very serious problem.

But here’s the difference: what would this chart look like if men were asked the same question? How many men would think having their wife beat them would be okay?

Of course I can’t know the answer to that, and I could be proven wrong. Maybe men also think that it’s okay for women to abuse them, that they deserve it. But somehow I think men are less likely to feel that worthless.

The way I see it – men and women can both abuse their partners, and there are too many occurrences of both, to say the least. But the way society reacts to the abuse of each gender, and the way we feel about that abuse, is a completely different story.

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  • Helen H. @ at 5:27 pm, August 21st, 2009

    Look at that. Jordan, 90%.

    It sickens me, it truly does, that the people of my country, the ever-developing and modern Jordan, refuse to let go of these backward traditions. It is a shame.

  • RebJ @ at 11:27 pm, August 21st, 2009

    I’d like to see the same poll asked of young women/girls in these same countries. How would the two polls compare? Are girls being raised since birth with the mentality that they are secondary to men, or do they wearily accept their secondary status as a part of life as they grow up?

  • Helen H. @ at 9:48 am, August 22nd, 2009

    That’s an excellent point, RebJ. I’m in no place to say for sure, but I’m betting the percentage would be much smaller for young girls in Jordan.

  • Brooke @ at 6:05 pm, August 22nd, 2009

    The thing is men being abused is it is not institutionalized where as the abuse of women is very much institutionalized in these countries and to some degree our own.

  • Bigdan @ at 6:52 pm, August 22nd, 2009

    This graphic is a statistician’s nightmare. It effectively shows that globally, 92.7 women DON’T believe it’s okay to be hit.

  • Alicia Hamley @ at 5:52 pm, September 7th, 2009

    My mom once told me she left my father because he started abusing her in public. Later, I found out it was because DHS told her to leave or she could loose children. It took the threat of loosing her children for my mother to leave my father. After that though she never left us kids alone with him for she did not trust him.

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