Double standard

Rousey book raises disquiet about unequal treatment of female and male abusers

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In her memoir, My Fight, Your Fight, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has admitted to beating up her ex-boyfriend, MMA fighter Timothy DiGorrio. “I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook,” she said, describing a brutal assault that included DiGorrio being kneed in the face and dragged along the sidewalk. Last year, U.S. women’s soccer star goaltender Hope Solo was accused of beating up two family members, a case that ended up in the courts. Though the media has covered the incidents involving both of the famous sports stars, neither woman has been vilified in the media with as much intensity as their violent male counterparts, Ray Rice and Greg Hardy. (Solo even continued to play for the U.S. team as the legal drama unfolded.)

Washington Post looked into the disparity of how women and men are treated when it comes to incidents of partner violence like Rousey’s, and determined that the phenomenon is a “murky area.” According study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 million men had been domestically abused in 2009, but without photographic proof, many men don’t come forward.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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