Feminists: Stop Spreading Lies About "Male Violence"!
I hope that a few CF readers will feel 'moved by the spirit' to add their voices over yonder. While you are there, be sure to check out the excellent comment by Marc Angelucci just prior to my comment! (It looks like PO never took him up on his challenge! ;)
We now possess abundant evidence in support of the conclusion that women are, in general terms, as evil as men in the realm of Intimate Partner Violence.
Even so, I admit this is still a field of controversy. Hence, I am willing to extend a certain leniency to the feminists by specifically not requesting them to discard their belief system outright—but rather to suspend it.
More to the point: while I do not foresee the feminists joining me on my side of the belief fence, I still think it would be a civilized gesture on their part if they would embrace an "agnostic" viewpoint, and chill out for a while—frankly admitting that the state of knowledge is in limbo for the present. In practical terms, I mean that the feminists should immediately CEASE AND DESIST from repeating certain items as "fact", when in fact nothing of the sort has been established.
Consider, for example, the widely circulated feminist "fact" that "men commit 95% of all DV in order to maintain patriarchal control over women". This is most emphatically not a "fact"! It is only an assertion that certain people insist on propagating despite weighty evidence of its being wildly untrue. To persist in such assertions is unethical, unscrupulous, dishonest and in a word, reprehensible—the more so when such assertions continue to serve as a propaganda subtext for anti-male agitation in all forms.
However, as said, I am willing to meet the feminists halfway. At the very least, they should have the decency to acknowledge that they MIGHT be wrong about certain points bearing upon these issues, and to stop repeating questionable data in a dogmatic tone of voice as they have long been accustomed to do. Rather, the feminists should adopt a mood of "wait and see", and insist that further studies be conducted (under rigorously professional standards) so that we can get to the bottom of this business once for all! In the meantime, yet again, the order of the day should be agnosticism all around!
Think about it. To assert roundly that a matter is TRUE when there remains considerable room for doubt, and to admit no illuminating footnotes that might serve notice of such doubt for the listener's benefit, amounts to a species of deception or, less politely stated, lying.
So let the feminists book themselves a room at the Halfway Hotel of honest skepticism. Let them book it for the season!
I think I am being more than generous in granting this degree of liberty. I trust that others in our Movement will assist to convey the burden of these sentiments toward the opposition through a variety of channels, and that the opposition will undertake a seemly diligence in the spirit of the counsel here proffered.