Misogynists at war?

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Some clarification would be welcome: what’s “going to war”? A state against its own population? One country against another? Non-state actors within a country against other non-state actors? And if “violence is violence,” how predictive are murder rates, rates of gun-related crime, etc.?

    The Deseret News summary says, “Not surprisingly, a WomanStats map reveals highest levels of women’s physical insecurity in the Middle East, India, much of Africa, Brazil and Mexico.” Brazil scores 1.83 on Hudson’s scale, same as Japan, so I’m not sure why it’s in the D.N.’s list unless the database engine is a little flaky (cf. Afghanistan: 3.50 and Pakistan: 3.67). But even if the correct score for Brazil is a lot higher, how many wars have it, or Mexico (3.17), or for that matter Saudi Arabia (3.00) been involved in during the past 50 or 60 years, compared to, say, Israel (2.87) or the US? For the US to sit “smack dab in the middle” of the Violence Against Women scale, as the D.N. picturesquely puts it, suggests prima facie that the scale might be less predictive than alleged.

    BTW, your link to WomanStats leads, after some exploration, to a 2007 study from Hudson, not a new one…

  2. AYY says:

    This is not predictive at all. It purports to be historical, not predictive. Past performance may not reflect future results.

    But it doesn’t even seem to be historical. The data that is used is not only subjective, but is based on current conditions.