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Domestic violence more prevalent in two-income homes: weak male egos to blame

December 6, 2012

When both the husband and wife work, the incidence of domestic violence rises:

When both male and females were employed, the odds of victimization were more than two times higher than when the male was the only breadwinner in the partnership, lending support to the idea that female employment may challenge male authority and power in a relationship,” said the researchers.

Huh. Well, if that’s the case, then the “odds of victimization” must be even higher in households where the woman works but the man does not. So are they?

Dunno. Doesn’t look like they asked that question.

While the researchers see evidence of man’s complete lack of inner fortitude, Clayton Cramer wonders:

Here’s another possibility, that it appears the researchers did not consider: maybe it is not because the men in traditional homes don’t feel threatened. Maybe it is that those traditional homes have couples with traditional values, while the two-income families are modern and progressive, and have abandoned weird, old-fashioned, stupid stuff like Ephesians 5:28-30.

Yeah, maybe, but here’s another possibility, courtesy of Trog: maybe two-income couples are more stressed out. Just because a couple is working a combined 16 or 20 hours a day – instead of, say, 8 to 12 – doesn’t mean the kids and the house and the yard and football season demand any less time.

Hey, raising a family can be hectic. It can be stressful. It makes demands on your time. Thus, the more time a couple spends working means…not less time taking care of the family, unless you’re okay with little Billy not studying for his spelling test. No, it means less time relaxing, unwinding, pursuing hobbies. It means more stress.

That seems like a more likely answer to me.

  1. Steve Burri permalink
    December 6, 2012 10:57 pm

    President Obama and the Democrats are doing something about that. Their policies will insure that there are fewer homes with both parties having jobs. Domestic crisis averted!

  2. December 7, 2012 6:48 pm

    After all these years it’s impressive that there’s even that many homes with two parents at all let alone two workers

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