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    What is your stance on a man hitting a women in a defense situation?

    I've seen studies showing that in the US, more and more girls have been in violent confrontations. As such, a situation in which a man might have to use force on a woman to diffuse a threat to him or someone else is becoming more and more common. Just wondering what people think about this.
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    Hitting anyone should be based on actual defense and threat level. As most girls are a lot weaker than most men, it's rare that a man is actually threatened and needs to defend himself by striking. However, if a woman is genuinely a threat and the man really needs to defend himself, he should absolutely hit her back. A man should not be beaten simply because he's not supposed to hit a woman. Nearly 1% of American men have reported being victims of domestic violence in the last year - 7.4% in their lifetime. It happens. So if a man can and needs to defend himself, he should. It's also sexist to say a man should never hit a woman.

    The problem with advocating that kind of equality, though, is the likelihood of some men taking it as an excuse to hit women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llamas View Post
    The problem with advocating that kind of equality, though, is the likelihood of some men taking it as an excuse to hit women.
    I wouldn't worry about that. Those kind of men wouldn't need an excuse. Or, perhaps more accurately, they'll always find one. And decent men aren't going to suddenly get a taste for it.

    To answer the original question I think it's pretty obvious that if you are under attack from anyone or anything you do what you need to in order to protect yourself and/or others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paint_It_Black View Post
    I wouldn't worry about that. Those kind of men wouldn't need an excuse. Or, perhaps more accurately, they'll always find one. And decent men aren't going to suddenly get a taste for it.
    Unfortunately, that's not quite entirely true. There are plenty of men out there who admit to being in situations where they have been so angry they wanted to hit a woman, and the only reason they didn't is because they were raised to believe they should never hit a woman.

    I'd hope then that it wouldn't take long before those kinds of guys were raised to never hit a woman unless it was truly self defense.
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    I just try not to hit anybody in general.

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    Only if they're talking back.
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    AND weaker than you.
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    Well why would you hit someone stronger than you? It takes away the entire purpose of using force.
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    EXACTLY Thi. Hitting someone stronger than you is just asking to get your ass kicked ten ways from Sunday.
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    I think that it's always that same debate about proportionnality.

    To be self-defense, the response to a threat has to be proportionnal to the said threat.

    So your response to a girl punching you with all her strenght cannot be you punching her with all your strentgh when basically just try to hold her fists so that she stops might be enough.

    Of course, this is just theoritical.

    If the woman looks like this

    And the man like this :


    Completely different story.

    Edit: I realize that I didn't spell "strength" correctly one single time. I'd correct it but I like it this way.
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