Friday, 6 September 2013

Reflections on "World report on violence and health"

"World report on violence and health

Note: this isn't in the West, this is worldwide. If men are so powerful, why are we dying? If we set up everything for our benefit, why are we killing ourselves?

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.

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