GENDER ISSUES FROM A MALE PERSPECTIVE

Gathered together are a number of articles related to how men and boys are treated by society and the media. The articles, for the most part, concentrate on misandry, domestic violence and female violence and reflect an anti-RADICAL FEMINIST viewpoint. Although articles are pro-male, they are not anti-female.

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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

LEADING CAUSE OF INJURY TO WOMEN IS NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 in the United States - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

The statement is false.

These were the leading causes of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States in 1996:

Number
Per Cent

Motor Vehicle Accidents
1,504,119
21.2%

Accidental Falls
1,243,538
17.5%

Other and unspecified environmental and accidental causes
1,162,272
16.4%

Accidents caused by cutting and piercing instruments or objects
515,986
7.3%

Sports injuries
483,223
6.8%

Injuries purposefully inflicted by other than spouse or intimate
399,240
5.6%

Overexertion and strenuous movements
339,014
4.8%

Drugs, medicinal and biological substances, in therapeutic use
166,687
2.3%

Injuries purposefully inflicted by spouse or other intimate
153,555
2.2%

Injuries caused by animals
137,639
1.9%

Accidental poisoning by drugs
131,928
1.9%

Misadventures during surgical and medical care
124,230
1.7%

Suicide and self-inflicted injuries
102,392
1.4%

Struck accidentally by falling object
87,485
1.2%

Caught accidentally in or between objects
74,995
1.1%

Foreign body accidentally entering orifice other than eye
69,590
1.0%

Accidental poisoning by other solid and liquid substances, gases, and vapors
57,846
0.8%

Non-transport machinery accidents
56,455
0.8%

Venomous animals and plants
50,111
0.7%

Accident caused by hot substance or object
49,766
0.7%

Foreign body accidentally entering eye and adnexa
47,788
0.7%

Other
147,889
2.0%

This data is taken from the 1996 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Data File, which can be downloaded via ftp from the National Center for Health Statistics. Domestic violence, referred to in the table as "Injury purposefully inflicted by spouse or other intimate", accounts for 2.2% of injuries to women in this age group. Rather than being a larger cause of injury than "car accidents and other things combined", domestic violence causes only one-tenth as many injuries as motor vehicle accidents alone. And as any thoughtful person might expect, as a source of injuries domestic violence is well behind such everyday occurences as accidental falls and cuts.

Domestic violence is a problem. It is not, however, the leading cause of injury to women. It is not even remotely close to it. In the long run we will all be better off if discussion of this subject has some relationship to the real world.

Source: http://www.responsibleopposing.com/facts/leadcaus.html

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