Why men must be held to more accountability

SheltonJune 6, 2014 

As a man, Leonard Pitts was aware of his wariness in “calling out doubles standards of the sexes” as he wrote in “When women attack men — a double standard.” But was he aware of the systematic oppression he was supporting? As Pitts points out, self-defense is rarely utilized when a man is attacked by a women. Women do not experience the privilege of resorting to self-defense under such specialized assault, as the average male is able to overpower the average female in any circumstance.

Men do not experience fear for their lives when they are assaulted by women. The double standard that holds men to a higher accountability for violence against women is one of the only things that women have protecting them from brutality.

As a male, Pitts experiences the many privileges the dominant gender affords him. Higher wages, access to employment, political voice and personal safety to name a few as well as being free from accusations about his mental and emotional state. These are privileges men must give up if they wish women to be held to the same accountability for violence as men. This is equality.

Rather than questioning the double standard of the sexes, perhaps Pitts should have focused on the divide in wealth in this country and the socially and legally pardoned behavior of the financially privileged versus the average citizen. As for the lenient attitude towards female acts of aggression, I hope it remains until women are afforded the same freedoms, rights and privileges as men.

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