For all the truth they supposedly carry, stereotypes can still fail.
The largest stereotype of them all is the belief that men are physically superior to women. Judging from the stories people consume to the research that scholars produce, there is plenty of good reasons to support this notion that in the arm wrestling match of the sexes, males are biologically favored to win.
But of course, biology can fail people as well, often with more damaging results.
A Different Type of Victim
One in three domestic abuse victims is male, and while there is a general advocacy towards reducing the number of family violence cases around the world, there is a disproportionate amount of focus on the female victims. This is a phenomenon that has inadvertently shifted the landscape against male domestic abuse victims when it comes to reporting an incident.
Law enforcers do have a tendency of siding with the female when it comes to domestic violence reports, even if the male is the one showing signs of abuse. This generalization within a dire social issue results in a lopsided solution that harms more than it helps for one in three victims.
The Same Type of Pain
Gender profiling when it comes to domestic abuse and sexual violence is becoming a hot topic in legal and law enforcement circles, especially now as numerous organizations and many family lawyers push for fairer judgment that protects victims regardless of their gender.
Doing so is expected to quell the rash of false domestic abuse allegations that have been ruining male victims’ lives for quite some time now. Many of them express a goal of influencing legislation that prevents female hoaxers from exploiting today’s legal bias.
Domestic abuse is reprehensible no matter who the victim may be. Violence, both physical and psychological, should never be a component of any relationship, especially in a time when the pendulum tends to swing too far in favor of one type of victim.