(Original post by Historophilia)
But it does mean that there are barriers to women in some form. That is usually in the form of women taking on the bulk of childcare and being expected to do so. Also the fact that working women are expected to be the ones to make compromises in their careers for the sake of their family. Men are not.
What you are describing is domestic abuse. Domestic violence comes under the heading as that but this is a separate statistic.
But if you want other statistics; 2 women in England and wales are killed every week by a partner or former partner, 45% of female murder victims were killed by a partner or former partner.
I also disagree totally with male infant circumcision but female circumcision is particular problem for the following reasons.
1) Since it is illegal in the UK parents who want their daughters to be circumcised have to send them out of the country to have it done. It is therefore much more likely to be done in un-hygienic conditions leading to serious infections.
2) Since female circumcision is also done when a child is slightly older (toddler or older) whereas male circumcision is usually done on babies the risk of mental trauma coming from the procedure is higher. Particularly as the improvised operations are rarely done under anesthetic and may be done with implements like kitchen knives and other tools totally unsuited to such procedures.
3) Many types of female circumcision can lead to severe complications with sex, menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth which can lead to death, still birth and infertility.
4) Female circumcision is done as part of a culture of female oppression. It is an attempt to control women's sexual natures, to preserve their virginity before marriage and keep them faithful during marriage. Male circumcision is usually performed because of ideas about cleanliness or due to religious views. Female circumcision is part of a systematic attempt to control and oppress women, male circumcision is not.
But a huge amount of shame is still attached to being a victim of domestic abuse. Women (and also men of course) find it very difficult to come forward and report domestic abuse, only 35% of incidents of domestic abuse are reported, and women are on average assaulted 35 times before they call the police. Domestic abuse victims are often blamed for being willing to stay with men who abuse them and their is a lack of understanding about the complex psychological issues faced by domestic abuse victims and the hold that abusers often have over the abused.
I would also disagree with your suggestion that "THe fact that violent crime against women is not only a crime, but viewed by society as a crime that's more serious than violence against men is evidence that women are not being discriminated against, because they suffer violence.". The fact is that their the prevalence of violence against women by their partners suggests that their is a culture in which women are still viewed as submissive to their partners and that many men use violence to control or (as they see it) discipline their partners or use them as a punchbag to vent their frustrations on.
If violence against women really was completely condemned by society and viewed as unacceptable, then so many women would not be victims of domestic violence.
However I will say this, that the "What about the men" arguments are not constructive and do not help address the issue. While men of course are also victims of domestic abuse and rape etc., the fact is that women face far more of it.
Attempting to deal with the problems still faced by women in this country is not an attempt to belittle those faced by men. If you say that domestic violence against women is a matter for concern that does not mean you are saying that that against men is not. The two are not the same thing.