Jackson Katz is author of The Macho Paradox—why some men hurt women and how all men can help. Last year he spoke at a TED conference. His basic message is that violence against women is not just a women’s issue—it is a men’s issue. After all, men are committing most of the violence.
I am glad to see a man speaking out on this issue towards men. Most of his presentation was terrific. However, about three-quarters of the way through, Katz makes the statement, “The typical perpetrator is not sick and twisted, he’s a normal guy in every other way.”
Is this true?
Abraham Maslow once said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” So I wonder if, to paraphrase Maslow, “When you’ve experienced sociopaths, you tend to see all bad behavior as a personality disorder.”
Here are my questions to Lovefraud readers: Is there such thing as a man who is normal in every way, except he is violent towards women? Do you know of anyone who engages in violence against women who is not sociopathic, or does not have sociopathic traits?
Please express your views.