Every few months there is a story about a group of males assaulting a female. It takes little time for media talking heads and feminists to jump on the “males are evil” soapbox and exclaim how males’ need for “domination” leads them to “oppressing” women through fear and violence. Rather than look at each incident on its own, the media and feminists use what are typically uncommon acts of extreme violence as examples of how females are commonly treated by males. And every now and then during those discussions someone will either imply or state that such violence is something females will not do. Well, that is not entirely true:
What began as an innocent mistake ended in a vicious attack on a local honor student.
Police said as many as 11 students beat up the eighth-grader leaving him severely injured, and he may even lose his sight.
CBS 2 HD spoke with some of his friends about what led to the brutal attack.
The incident near a school soccer field was so violent that 13-year-old David Muneton needed reconstructive surgery to his face to correct several broken bones.
Investigators said the teenagers jumped Muneton on Friday as he walked home from school to get back at him for an earlier incident during which the eighth-grader accidentally hit a girl with a basketball.
The superintendent said the girl, who has also been charged, led the boys to Muneton, saying “He’s the one.”
“We do know that after the girl made the comment one of the people, the boys, who was with him immediately punched him,” Superintendent Dr. Richard Segall said.
Amazingly, the girl who concocted the idea, rounded up the boys and ordered the attack was charged. Whether she was charged with aggravated assault like the boys or with something else is unclear from the article.
What is clear, however, is that what the girl did is unfortunately one of the common ways in which female violence plays out. While what happened is an extreme example of it, girls will often get boys to commit their violence for them, usually by playing the wounded victim role in order to manipulate the social pressures placed on boys to protect all females.
The tactic of using others to do one’s dirty work is not unique to women. Many men engage in it as well. However, the reasons for using others to do one’s dirty work varies. With men it tends to be a sign of power and privilege, i.e. “I’m too important to dirty my hands on you.” With women, however, it tends to be a sign of cowardice, i.e. “I’m too afraid to dirty my hands on you.” Or more specifically, “I’m too afraid you’ll fight back.”
Fear of retaliation seems to be a common element of female violence, whether it is committed by girls or women, whether committed individually or in a group. Females who prey on others seem to deliberately pick victims who could not possibly fight back or they create situations in which the victims would be unable to fight back, such as getting eleven boys to beat up one boy. The last thing girls and women who commit violent acts want are situations in which they are on even ground with the victim. This may be why women who murder choose pills and poison and hired guns over killing the people themselves. This may be why women who murder their children concoct elaborate stories to point the finger at others — overwhelmingly men.
This is not to say that males who pointlessly assault others are heroes or should be applauded. Rather, it demonstrates that they are at least courageous enough to cowardly assault unarmed, innocent people themselves. Females like this girl, however, demonstrate a level of cowardice, not only in attacking unarmed, innocent victims, but in lacking the courage to commit the violence themselves. One could argue that this indirect violence is simply how female power works. In the Unites States we have seen it play out to its most horrible logical conclusion in the way white women would (and probably still do) falsely accuse black boys and men of sexual indiscretions and rape, resulting in the very real arrests, imprisonment and murderers of completely innocent boys and men. What is particularly disturbing is that women and girls can still employ that cry of violation in order to prompt outrage. As much as our society has progressed, this kind of cowardly violence can still be exploited because our society still places protecting females in a high position, although now for slightly different reasons.
Of course, the same situation could have happened if the girl had been a boy. The boy could have raised a group of his friends to go and beat Muneton up. The boy could have stood on the sidelines and watched. However, it is far more common for girls and women to do that, and one should wonder how many cases of people, especially boys and men, being assaulted, sexually assaulted and murdered by groups of males are actually done at the behest of a girl or woman too cowardly to get her hands dirty.
Muneton will face many surgeries and a lot of recovery for what was simply an accident. It may very well change his opinion about boys and girls, and depending on the extent of the damage done to his face it may change whether he socializes with anyone. This was a clearly undeserved act that was motivated apparently by the girl’s annoyance at being accidentally hit with a ball. However, one would be remiss to deny that gender also played a role in this, both in terms of why Muneton was assaulted and in terms of why this girl got a bunch of boys to assault him.
Every time cases involving male-on-female violence are reported someone says how much we need to teach boys not to assault girls. Perhaps it is time we start teaching girls not to assault boys and also not to cowardly get other people to do it for them.