Friday, 6 September 2013
Reflections on "World report on violence and health"
The current system is one of different costs and benefits for the sexes.. classing it as a Patriarchy is overly simplistic. Men are rewarded for being warriors - but pay with their lives. Women are defended - but pay with the pain of domestic violence.
It's kept us alive against predators faster, bigger, and better at fighting. We've gone through hundreds of thousands of years with a poorly designed bipedal body, , feeble limbs, no teeth to speak of, by using a social structure of a domestic class and a hunter class. We've both benefited and suffered, and no-one is to blame for it. But we need true equality.
And that's not going to come from Feminism.
In 2000, an estimated 1.6 million people world-wide lost their lives to violence – a rate of nearly 28.8 per 100000 (see Table 1). Around half of these deaths were suicides, nearly one-third were homicides, and about one-fifth were casualties of armed conflict.
Of course not everyone is equally at risk from violence, and a closer look at the problem reveals who the principal victims were and where they lived. Males accounted for three-quarters of all victims of homicide, and had rates more than three times those among females.
The highest homicide rates in the world – at 19.4 per 100000 – were found among males aged 15–29 years (see Table 2). Homicide rates among males tend to decline with age; however, for women, the rate is around 4 per 100000 across all age groups, with the exception of the group aged 5–14 years, where it is about 2 per 100000.
Rates for suicide, in contrast, tend to increase with age for both sexes (see Table 2). The highest rates of suicide – 44.9 per 100000 – were found among men aged 60 years and older, more than double the rates among women of the same age (22.1 per 100 000).
In contrast, in the 15–29-year-old age group, the rate was 15.6 per 100 000 among males and 12.2 per 100000 among females.