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    The only way to control male violence is to control testosterone

    This is total bullshit.  The way to "control" male violence against females is to not teach them that it is acceptable to begin with.  That's where it comes from.  The testosterone level only adds to it when the behavior is learned to begin with.  

    I understand where this desire to control behaviors of males by castration (or the suggestion above) comes from, but it is rooted in an idea that all men are genetically violent.  As a straight male who has never considered doing violence against a woman for any reason, it really pisses me off.  The other males I associate with feel the same way, and we are, almost to a man, completely supportive of the women in our lives and the GLBT community.

    I wish I'd spent my $3.99 on a dollar bill.

    by Philpm on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 12:44:26 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe doing violence against a man (2+ / 0-)
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      isn't all that adorable, either.

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 03:08:42 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, and no. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not all violent men grew up in dysfunctional or violent households.  Of course, education and proper socialization play a huge part in preventing violence against women, but that is only a part.

      Testosterone plays a part not only in male sex drive, but in aggression as well.  As we've all heard, rape isn't a "sexual" crime as much as it is a crime driven by anger or the need for control.  These impulses may very well be caused or amplified by hormonal imbalance.  

      I think at this point, chemical castration should be an option for violent sex offenders.  If this type of treatment shows promise, it may be a key in reducing recidivism in offenders.

      •  I won't disagree (1+ / 0-)
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        that testosterone may amplify the impulse, but I don't think it is the sole reason for it, and if there is evidence to prove me wrong, I'll gladly retract this.  Notice though, that what the poster I replied to was to use a form of chemical castration on all men, not just violent sex offenders.  That's the kind of crap that gets under my skin.  Again, as I said above, it assumes all men are prone to violence, when that is definitely not the case.  And granted, not all violence comes from dysfunction in the home.  A lot of it is also due to mental health issues or chemical imbalances.  If that is the case, chemical castration my reduce the likelihood of the violent impulses being acted upon, but doesn't solve the underlying problem.

        I wish I'd spent my $3.99 on a dollar bill.

        by Philpm on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 04:13:19 PM PDT

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