Who Is The Most Dangerous Man On Earth?

The obvious answer is: the average man, which is why we need the GOP to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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So why didn’t anyone mention Joe Average when the question was asked by Wesman Todd Shaw? His question inspired a lot of guesses. This person’s reply was notable because of their fear of ideas:

To be honest with you the most dangerous man on earth is someone who can think for themselves, a person who can simply lead others into following them to do anything and one who is strong willed and cannot be over-turned by another. If you look through history you might find that the most dangerous man on earth wasn’t someone who led a country or a terror group it is a simple person who had the knowledge and the capabilities to control and manipulate others.

Two notable absences were apparent. The first was in the question itself: the implicit acknowledgment that dangerous people are male, not female (despite the fact men are terrified of women who are “strong willed and cannot be over-turned by another.”)

The second is how everyone overlooked the average man. Not a single person addressed the violence inflicted in our homes and on our streets. Fortunately, The Guardian didn’t ignore the threat posed by the Average Joe in their article, The culture of masculinity costs all too much to ignore:

The phrase “violence against women” calls for comment. It names the victims but not the perpetrators. The fact that men are mainly responsible for violent and health-harming behaviours, not only against women and children but also against each other, is so taken for granted that it slips beneath the radar of commentators and policymakers.

In 1959 the social scientist and policy activist Barbara Wootton looked at the crime statistics and remarked that “if men behaved like women, the courts would be idle and the prisons empty”. Half a century later the British Crime Survey and police crime figures bear her out. In 2009-10, men were perpetrators in 91% of all violent incidents in England and Wales. The figures vary by type of incident: 81% for domestic violence, 86% for assault, 94% for wounding, 96% for mugging, 98% for robbery. MoJ figures for 2009 show men to be responsible for 98%, 92% and 89% of sexual offences, drug offences and criminal damage respectively. Of child sex offenders, 99% are male. The highest percentages of female offences concern fraud and forgery (30%), and theft and handling stolen goods (21% female).

But crime isn’t the only cost to society. The article also discussed the danger posed by male drivers.

A World Health Organisation report in 2002 on gender and road traffic injuries cautiously broke the code of silence by remarking that masculinity “may be” hazardous to health.

America isn’t doing much better. The current GOP retreat from supporting the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) flies in the face of logic, considering the fact three women are murdered every single day by their intimate partners and the leading cause of death during pregnancy is murder by the father of the woman’s baby. Another woman is beaten every 20 seconds and still another woman is raped every 35 seconds, according to the FBI. In a Bureau of Justice Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence, May 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General stated domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.

Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime advocate on behalf of battered women and the author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, addressed the importance of renewing VAWA. He decided to author the VAWA when he noted violent crime against men was trending down, but violence against women was rising. The first problem he had to overcome was getting people to admit domestic violence was a problem. After that, he had to convince them it wasn’t a “family matter” our nation could continue to ignore. Now it is time to renew VAWA, but the GOP is balking because they do not want to include gays, lesbians, and illegal immigrants victims in its provisions or expand the authority of Native American tribes to prosecute crimes. Biden warns letting it lapse would have negative repercussions on women‘s lives.

“Just ask yourself, what message does it send to our daughters, to every women imprisoned in their own homes….Just imagine the impact on the moral disapprobation of society if this Congress refuses to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.”

But the Senate GOP did reject renewal of VAWA. All eight Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against it, and anti-women’s rights groups associated with the right wing are out in full force pitching false propaganda in their effort to deny women safety in their home.

Janice Crouse, a spokesperson for the group Concerned Women for America, told the Wall Street Journal that VAWA “pits husbands against wives,” and that under the law “A woman can, with the barest evidence and no evidence at all, claim abuse and get (a husband or partner) out of the house.” CWA president Penny Nance wrote to Congress urging members to block VAWA’s renewal.

This anti-women GOP stance is already seeing impacts at the state level.

The Shawnee County, Kansas, District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level.

Topeka then decriminalized domestic violence, according to The New York Times:

By a vote of 7 to 3, the City Council repealed the local law that makes domestic violence a crime.

The New Hampshire state Republican-controlled legislature voted to stop domestic violence arrests. The Concord Monitor reported:

Domestic violence is no longer taken lightly legally or by society. That’s the way it should be, but two bills under consideration by this most unusual of legislatures, would undo that progress and put lives in danger. Both deserve a speedy defeat.

House Bill 1581 would turn the clock back 40 years to an age when a police officer could not make an arrest in a domestic violence case without first getting a warrant unless he or she actually witnessed the crime. That’s an exceedingly dangerous change.

The other bill Republicans proposed, HB 1608, was meant to limit judges’ ability to order the arrest of someone who contacted their victim in violation of a domestic violence restraining and stop them from ordering defendants to surrender their weapons or block them from buying guns. Fortunately, HB 1608 was dropped in late January. The other is still pending.

Biden stated opposition to male abuse of women “became part of our social fabric, our social culture,” because of the 1994 VAWA law. Apparently he was wrong. Legislative attempts like this clearly show there is support for violence against women in our nation.

As the comment on Shaw’s question concerning dangerous men pointed out, the most dangerous man on earth is a person who has the knowledge and capabilities to control and manipulate others. Those words point straight at dangerous GOP leaders and dangerous men who batter, rape and murder women.

Women need to decide if we’re going to allow the male supremacists to take us back to that era or if we are going to vote them out of office. If you wish to take a stand in support of VAWA, Take a Stand to Protect Women on Emily’s List:

In what is just the latest in a series of Republican attacks on women, Senate Republicans are trying to eliminate the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). House Republicans already voted against women last month, and now a critical vote will be held in the Senate.

Twice before, VAWA was reauthorized with widespread, bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. But now, Republicans have grown so radical they won’t even commit to protecting women from violence.

Join Senate Democrats and demand Senate Republicans stop trying to eliminate VAWA!

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