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America is a melting pot of cultures, which made me wonder "Of what demographic do people in America think it's okay for a man to beat his wife?" Page 32 of the original report "Progress of the World's Women" (which isn't from Alternet, but from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (progress.unwomen.org)), Figure 1.4: "Perceptions of Domestic Violence" compares 41 countries and found that of them, 17 countries have a quarter or more people that think domestic violence is okay. It gets more interesting when you compare the countries and the cultures. Chile, Cambodia, Argentina, Indonesia, Spain, Norway, Netherlands, France, Canada, Andorra, Poland and Georgia all have a lower rate than the US... in those countries, less people think domestic violence is ok. Serbia, Zambia, Thailand, Malaysia and Mali have some of the highest percentages of people who think domestic violence is okay. However, of the "Developed Nations" only Finland, Japan and Germany ranked higer than the US in the number of people who think domestic violence is okay. It's not enough to just ask "Is this acceptable?" We must ask "Why is this acceptable?"
Not to interrupt your weekly meeting of the discrimination club, but while you're fighting over whether or not two people should be allowed to marry regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, your elected politicians are running away with your money. Can we agree to disagree and move on to focus on something a little more meaningful... like the budget, education, or healthcare reform? you're fighting over kosher salt vs sea salt, and all the while your kitchen is burning down behind you.