So now I have a question: Why do we have the Violence Against Women Act? OK, two questions: (& 1/2) Is violence against women worse than violence against men? How about children? Fine, make that three: (& 1/2.) What about violence against women committed by other women?
Gosh, where could I be going with this?
I'm all for punishing violence, and preventing it, but I don't see the point of making "violence against women" special. First, it implies that women are "first class citizens", and men and children are, well, not. Second, it implies that women aren't capable of protecting themselves. Bullshit, on both counts. So again, why the VAWA?
Because we like to make "feel-good" laws based on knee-jerk emotional reactions rather than logic. Because when we see the results of violence, this is typical of what we think:
|"Oh my God, you poor thing! Don't worry, he'll never touch you again."|
|"Wow. Dude. You REALLY pissed her off this time, didn't you?"|