Are Men More Aggressive Than Women?






Women aren’t very likely to get into fistfights, start riots, or shoot someone to defend their family’s reputation, does that mean that they are inherently less aggressive than men? Gender differences are obvious in the larger social world; in the private world of families and relationships, gender differences aren’t always clear. 

Most cases of extreme violence in the family are perpetrated by men: For example, 8 in 10 murderers who kill a family member are male. And when men beat up their victims, they inflict more serious injury than women abusers do. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s national survey of violence between partners, women have a significantly higher lifetime prevalence of severe physical violence by an intimate partner (24.3%) compared to men (13.8%). But when it comes to hitting, slapping, throwing objects, and battering, women don’t pull their punches. 

Figure: Lifetime prevalence of physical violence by an intimate partner 

When it comes to forms of physical aggression that are less violent than destruction and killing, therefore, there is often great overlap between males and females. Among adults, the sex difference in the willingness to inflict physical harm often vanishes when both sexes feel provoked and entitled to retaliate. In a huge series of experiments, it was found that although men are more aggressive than women under ordinary circumstances, the gender difference shrinks when men and women are insulted and when women are given the same chance to retaliate aggressively—especially when others are unaware of their gender. Adult women do not differ from men, on average, in their willingness to yell, be verbally abusive, humiliate or punish their children, and express aggression in similar ways. Just as male aggression is influenced by culture, so is female aggression. The rate of the physical abuse of women, through beatings, stabbings, and hitting, is highest in cultures that regard such abuse as a male prerogative and a legitimate means of asserting power and control over women. 

It would be very ignorant to say that women aren't aggressive. A lot of women are, I am too, but the way society works; male aggression is more acceptable. Right from the childhood years when a little boy yells at his parents because he wants a toy, very often he gets that toy. Meanwhile a little girl's scream of "I want that why won't you buy me it?" result in some even more aggressive remarks from a parent and that child is called "spoiled and disrespectful". Women do feel angry, but their anger is further countered by another man being even more aggressive so as to avoid that situation, women just drink down all the fury; unless they're in a situation when they know their aggression won't be countered. This can be seen in "catfights", which basically refers to two or more women fighting each other physically. 

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