My latest Huffington Post article address how we as a society respond to abuse, especially domestic violence. It appears as if we adopted the Sean Connery, Bond-esque philosophy that:
I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman–although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man. An openhanded slap is justified–if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning. If a woman is a bitch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded continually, then I’d do it.
We need to stop the cycle of abuse. It begins with educating ourselves and our children to respect themselves and others. No woman deserves to be a punching bag for a man’s aggression.