One of the more worrying parts research Appearances in Australia in recent weeks have shown an increased likelihood of domestic violence as women make more money than their male partners. Researchers from the Australian National University point out that this gender norm violation is proving an emotional confrontation with some men, who feel powerless and feel a need. You must use violence to reassert it.
Their research highlights what should be considered Australia’s most pressing political and social issue: male resentment.
These trends are not unique to Australia, as a similar problem has been identified in the Nordic countries. This phenomenon is called “The Nordic Paradox“Because these countries consistently rank as some of the most gender-equal in terms of education, economic opportunity, wages and political representation, but also maintain high levels of violence against women. inconsistent.
The working theory of the Nordic Paradox is that female advancement generates a male backlash.
I happen to be in Iceland, and here comes an additional ingredient to this problem. Not only the country has high level violence against women despite – or by – the country Topping The 12th World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index is active, but there is also an organization against oppose the advancement of women from the judicial system, which displays deep distrust and hostility towards women who report gender-based violence.
In recognition of this, nine women (including one Australian) took try sue the Icelandic state to the European Court of Human Rights for a serious violation of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding how the judicial system handles sexual assault and domestic violence cases.
The most unsatisfying thing about this is that it shows that education doesn’t necessarily resolve resentment towards women. If some of the most educated people in a country proud of myself for its progress on gender issues that maintains instinctive hostility towards women, humanity is facing a very cruel problem.
The dominant aspect of this is that many men feel that the progress women have made in relation to rights and opportunities has come. cost men’s. There is a zero understanding of human interaction that believes that female advancement automatically means men are disenfranchised.
Incorporating this is a feeling that the social expectations that seek to establish behavioral standards for men are injustice and oppression. There is an implicit belief that men cannot be expected to be nonviolent, and family, in particular, should be a space where male authority should be respected. This is why some Australian men find their female partners make more money than they do for an emotional confrontation.
Australia is currently experiencing an important culture move where it seems that this country is finally starting to take violence against women. Unfortunately, the implications of this new research women make more money than their counterparts – and lessons from Nordic countries – show that this can create a backlash.
Here, it is important to understand that this backlash can take the form of not only greater domestic violence (terrible and intolerable), but also broad social and political instability. greater adoption attraction to hate-miserable groups like the Proud Boys and the emergence of populist political figures, who Feeding male resentment.
There is a strong one connect among men seeking power, control and violence in their personal lives and support for violent and authoritarian political groups and parties. The promotion of male vigor and hierarchical gender roles are central characteristic of the fascist governments in Europe in the 20th century, and this view is now also climb into the policies of the Communist Party of China, control Hindu nationalism of the Bharatiya Janata Party in India, and promote Republican dream fever in the United States.
Male resentment and status anxiety are occurring globally destabilizing forces.
One puzzling implication of this is that some may believe that stability both domestically and globally may require stopping women’s progress in order to train male egos and overcome inequality. okay they give. It would be really terrible if the Australian government considered such an approach.
For too long women are being asked to live in subordinate social roles, to suppress ability and the potential to allay a false sense of male dignity. Expecting women to continue to do so because we can’t find a way for men to control their volatility in the face of wage disparities would be an even bigger boost.