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Bow to the Powerful Meme, You Predatory Men!

by Wendy McElroy, The Daily Bell:

I have spent the week sumo wrestling with a meme; that is, with a cultural assumption that grows almost by osmosis. The meme: Men are the perpetrators of domestic violence; women are the victims. The truth: Men and women commit DV at about the same rate. The result so far: meme 1; me 0.

This truth is particularly important to champion because public policy, programs and law are being based on lies, and the lies are part of a bias against males that impoverishes society. I am used to arguing against that bias and its political consequences. The aspect that confounds me now, however, is how damnably difficult it is to uproot a meme once it has seeded.

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