Dear feminists: stop denying the connection between alcohol and domestic violence.

Posted by on May 02, 2017

To me, it seems clear that the unraveling of the fraudulent feminist narrative around violence hinges on alcohol and substance abuse.

According to feminist ideology – which we should all remember, is theory not fact – violence is a gender issue. The Duluth model of violence preaches that only men can be perpetrators. In truth, women too are capable of violence and, as binge drinking and substance abuse continues to escalate, the gender narrative will increasingly fall apart.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report Alcohol + Violence states, “Strong links have been found between alcohol use and the occurrence of intimate partner violence in many countries.” It adds, “Most reported intimate partner violence is perpetrated by men towards women. However, violence is also committed by women towards men.”

The world’s largest, rigorously evidence based database from Partner Abuse State of Knowledge (PASK); 2,657 pages with summaries of 1,700 peer-reviewed studies. Research shows 24 per cent of individuals assaulted by a partner at least once in their lifetime - 23 per cent for females, 19.3 per cent for males.

Last week, FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education) released its Annual Alcohol Poll. Essentially, it is Australia’s most comprehensive poll focusing on the country’s attitudes to alcohol. This is the first year Australians were asked if they perceived a link between alcohol and family violence. Of course, because the majority of Aussies live in the real world and not chilly boardrooms, 92 per cent said they did.

Alcohol’s dominant role in domestic violence is undeniable.  

FARE’s Chief Executive Michael Thorn says, “The evidence showing alcohol’s involvement in family and domestic violence is not in dispute, and for an even longer time we’ve had the anecdotal proof as well. The public, whether witnessing this first-hand or through the media, clearly understands and acknowledges the link, with a majority of those (80%) calling on governments to step up and address the problem.”

For feminists, herein lies the crux of this problem. If you opt to blindly accept the faux gender narrative, which simply blames a person’s gender for violence, you are completely in denial of the truth.

It is a person’s personality, not their gender, which strongly indicates whether they are likely to be aggressive - and substance abuse is vital to seeing this play out.

When we see photographic evidence of our out of control binge drinking culture, is it just men that we see drinking?

No, of course it’s not.

In fact, last year News Corp reported, “Women are catching up with men in terms of their alcohol consumption, and in some cases, exceeding them, according to a long-range, international analysis by the University of NSW.”

There is a flurry of scientific analysis set for publication in 2017, which will see the feminist gendered narrative crumble under a searing spotlight called science.

When your agenda is anti-men rather than pro-truth you face an insurmountable stumbling block; one-cause is ideology not reality.

Research paper, ‘Barroom aggression perpetration by Australian women: Associations with heavy episodic drinking, trait aggression, and conformity to gender norms’, rightly states that “research examining these factors relative to female BA perpetration is lacking.”

Co-author of the report, Professor Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University Centre for Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Research (CEDAAR) tells me, “I think we can see from the findings that women with aggressive qualities that are heavy drinkers have just as many problems as their male counterparts. The traits they show are labelled ‘masculine’, but in the end, these are aggressive qualities, strongly related to major psychological issues such as narcissism, psychopathy and impulsivity. Attributing these traits in women to ‘masculinity’ highlights the simplistic and stereotypical use of the term masculinity in many current discourses and denies the reality that aggression and violence are complex issues in which alcohol use and mental health problems play a role.”

Miller also says, “The media picks and chooses which facts to report in the area of domestic violence. Regardless of whether alcohol or drugs are involved, female perpetrators amass up to 25 per cent within specific age groups, in some states.

“Our societal approach is fundamentally flawed. There is no scientific truth to a gendered approach whatsoever. The real key is psychological predisposition around people with aggression: the ‘Dark Triad’.”

How are feminists going to explain the explosion of aggression from the rising Ice epidemic?

If you genuinely believe that only men are capable of violence, I suggest you head outside your comfortable mansion on a Friday night. Head into an entertainment district, walk the streets, smell the beer, see female fists fly and hear high-pitched voices scream.

Accepting that violence is not a gender issue is absolutely vital if we are to stand a chance at keeping society safe from substances, and find realistic tools and solutions rather than leaning on the frustrating, fraudulent blame game.

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