Facts

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Family & Relationships

  • In 2009, approximately 6.1 million single mothers were awarded child support, compared to about 740,000 single fathers. This trend supporting the mother as default custodian and recipient of child support has held for many years. (U.S. Census Bureau, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and their Child Support: 2009) [1][2]
  • The number of custodial mothers remains persistently higher than 5 times the number of custodial fathers in the United States. (U.S. Census Bureau, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and their Child Support: 2009) [1][2]
  • “[…] women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners.” — Martin S. Fiebert (References Examining Assaults by Women on their Spouses or Male Partners: an Annotated Bibliography) [1]
  • Repeated live experiments show that male victims of domestic violence are laughed at, shunned, or even beaten by strangers when women abuse them in public.

Law & Politics

  • There are laws in which men cannot be recognized as rape victims, only as perpetrators. Some codes explicitly state that rape is when men have “carnal knowledge” of women, others say that rape is an act of “penetration,” without recognition of the possibility that a man can be “made to penetrate.” This precedent is international, and some example codes showing as such include O.C.G.A. §16-6-1 and Irish Statute Book §2.
  • Men have suffrage as a wage, not a right. In the United States, men have suffrage only if they sign up for Selective Service, in which men are subject to involuntary servitude to the state. Women have no equivalent obligations that come with the right to vote.
  • A 2004 report from the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance shows that Men have been falling behind on voter turnout in Western Europe since around the mid-1980s, such as in Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Germany. The same majority voter status for women can also be observed in Canada and the U.S.A. The Center for American Women and Politics reports “that the number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964,” whereas the proportion of female voters dominated the proportion of male voters since the 80s.

The Media

  • Adam Jones, Ph.D reports that the media uses three techniques to marginalize male victims of violence internationally: incidentalization, displacement and exclusion. A telling example is the gap in media coverage between Boko Haram’s kidnapping of girls and slaughtering of boys. Slaughtered boys who are burned alive, shot, or worse get little to no media attention, whereas the kidnapped girls are given viral international coverage. Similar media behavior has been observed for POWs in Kosovo, Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and forcefully recruited men and boys in the Rwandan genocide (Gender Inclusive).
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