Needless to say, the phenomena investigated by the survey include behaviors that only a dedicated leftist would describe as “violence”. This is the EU we’re dealing with, after all — what else do you expect?
On March 5, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of a survey on violence against women [pdf], the most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted. Undertaken simultaneously throughout the region, it is the first time comparative data has been available by country on the kinds of violence women suffer in their families, at work, in public and on the Internet as well as the effect it has on their lives and the way in which victims respond to aggression.
The report is based on direct interviews with 42,000 female residents of the EU aged 18 to 74, and it reveals some staggering numbers. According to one of the videos presented along with the report, “the results show the scale of violence against women in the EU is vast, and simply cannot be ignored.” In the words of the FRA Director Morten Kjaerum:
The enormity of the problem is proof that violence against women does not just impact a few women only — it impacts on society every day. Therefore, policy makers, civil society and frontline workers need to review measures to tackle all forms of violence against women no matter where it takes place. [sic]
Some of the conclusions of the survey include:
- 33% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, while 5% have been raped.
- 55% of women have suffered some form of sexual harassment (unwelcome kissing, hugging or touching) since the age of 15.
- 75% of women in high level jobs or who are highly qualified have experience sexual harassment at some point in their lives.
- 11% of women have experienced inappropriate advances on social websites or have been subjected to sexually explicit emails or text (SMS) messages.
- 67% did not report the most serious incident of partner violence to the police or other organizations.
Surprisingly the countries with the highest percentage of victims of violence against women are in northern Europe: Denmark (52%), Finland (47%) and Sweden (46%), while Hungary (21%), Austria (20%) and Poland (19%) have much lower rates. Spain, at 22%, is well below average:
It seems counter intuitive that Scandinavian countries, which have higher rates of gender equality should also have higher rates of violence against women. Blanca Tapia, spokesperson for the FRA, explains in El diario [es] newspaper this apparent contradiction:
In countries like Finland, Denmark, Sweden or France, it is culturally more acceptable to talk about violence against women, so women are more likely to denounce it. Women in northern countries have greater gender awareness; they know they have the same rights as men and it is clear to them that there are certain things they do not have to put up with. They don’t let things get by them.
So because women in Scandinavia are more liberated, they are more likely to have the courage to report the abuse. Hmm… I’m not so sure I agree with that logic.
And it goes without saying that there are no statistics correlating the level of cultural enrichment with the rate of gender-based violence, so there’s no way to tell whether it is Swedes or “Swedes” who are whaling on their womenfolk.
As is usually the case with politically correct news articles, the most interesting content may be found in the comments. Not all the Spanish-speaking male readers are as ready to buy the feminized zeitgeist as their purportedly male counterparts in northern Europe:
We already know how these feminist surveys work, if you argue over the TV remote it’s considered macho violence
nothing new under the sun
another headline designed to manipulate our minds during this golden age of feminazis
There are also readers (possibly of the female persuasion) who affirm the, ahem, thrust of the criteria used to measure “violence” against women:
Of course a crude comment is a form of aggression. It is humiliating to have something crude said to you, and humiliation is a form of mistreatment. Any guy would be offended if another said something disgusting to their girlfriend, mother or sister—are you going to deny that? So if it offends or bothers you went it is directed at a woman you care about, how can some of you actually have the nerve to question whether the woman feels harassed?
This comment leads us into the penumbras formed by emanations from a relatively new concept known as microagression. Microaggressions are (roughly speaking) things said by members of non-protected groups that offend people in protected groups, which include women, wymyn, the differently-gendered, persons of color, physically challenged individuals, etc.
The word “microaggression” is actually not all that new. It was coined in the 1970s, but has only come into its own in the last few years. The term is apparently being groomed to replace “racism”, “sexism”, etc. and lump all the offensive behaviors into a single category that can be used as a more effective cudgel against politically incorrect miscreants who fail to keep their mouths shut.
I hope to have more to say about microaggression in a later post. In the meantime, read the whole article at Global Voices — especially the translated comments.
Hat tip: Green Infidel.