Skip to comments.Lesbians More Prone to Partner Violence Than Homosexual Men
Posted on 08/30/2010 2:37:01 AM PDT by RogerFGay
A series of high-profile cases of lesbian-perpetrated domestic violence has sent shock-waves through Massachusetts communities in recent months:
1. On February 16, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Nicole Chuminski on two counts of second-degree murder, following a fire that killed the two daughters of her lover Anna Reisopoulos. During a heated argument between the two, Chuminski reportedly fell into a fit of rage. A few hours later Chuminski returned to her partners apartment and hurled an acetone-laden firebomb into the front door.
Sophia and Acia, ages 2 and 14, were burned beyond recognition, so dental records were needed for positive identification.
2. On March 29 Annamarie Rintala of Granby, Mass. was found dead by strangulation in the basement of the house she shared with her domestic partner Cara. Cara had been previously charged with domestic violence after she struck Annamarie in the back of the head with a closed fist.
3. Eunice Field of Brockton, Mass. found herself on the losing end of a bitter ménage à trois. So on August 9 she marched to the apartment of Lorraine Wachsman. There she grabbed a serrated knife and stabbed Wachsman in the back and neck. Dispelling any doubt about her intentions, she then penned a note admitting she had killed Waschsman for taking away the love of my life.
Ms. Field is now being held without bail pending a September 3 court appearance.
Experts on lesbian domestic violence were shocked, but honestly not surprised by these incidents. Last November a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported a 125% increase in domestic violence fatalities in lesbian and gay couples around the country during the prior year. According to Beth Leventhal of The Network/La Red of Boston, partner abuse in LGBT communities can be just as lethal as that in heterosexual communities.
Ms. Leventhals commentary actually understates the extent of the problem. Earlier this year the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research published the results of a survey of over 51,000 California adults . The UCLA study found 28% of persons in lesbian/gay relationships had experienced intimate partner violence, compared to 17% of persons in heterosexual relationships.
Its also believed that lesbians are more likely to engage in partner violence than gay men. According to the Boston Gay Mens Domestic Violence Project, one in three homosexual women experience partner aggression, compared to only one in four homosexual men. Kaitlin Nichols of The Network/La Red notes, The myth of womens communities as safe communities has prevented many women from reaching out for support. If they have shared what is happening, they are met with disbelief from their community.
And why are lesbians more likely to abuse?
According to Nomi Porat, an abuse-prevention expert, the reason is poor limit-setting: An issue common to women, particularly battered women, is the fear of demanding physical and emotional boundaries. In part, battered lesbians are afraid their lovers will leave or become more violent if any limitations are set in the relationship.
A nearly impenetrable double wall serves to keep lesbian battering tucked away in the proverbial closet. The first wall is the stigmatization invoked by lesbians themselves who believe in a sort of same-sex utopia, the feminist belief that maintains female-female relationships are inherently more peaceful, gentle, and pure, compared to male-female relationships.
In Naming the Violence: Speaking out About Lesbian Battering, Barbara Hart maintains that female batterers should be subjected to a form of shunning by the lesbian community: one of the consequences of [female batterers] violence is that they may have to limit any contact with the person they assaulted/abused. This may mean that the batterer cannot attend public gatherings or movement meetings.
The second wall is the broader domestic violence industry that maintains a cult-like belief in the notion of patriarchal sexism, the theory that men abuse their wives due to an innate and irrepressible urge to oppress women. So every time a woman pummels, rapes, or otherwise abuses her female partner, the patriarchal dominance theory takes a body-blow.
These ideological blinders serve to justify shelters policies that turn away of needy women. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the problem of abuse shelters that discriminate on the basis of gender identity is widespread.
Intimate partner aggression is not a problem limited to any particular sex, or gender identity, or economic group. Indeed, research shows women are at least as likely as men to engage in partner abuse.
When the Sisterhood gets over its denial of the truth, well stop seeing so many women and men victimized by domestic violence.
This needs to go to Rachel Maddow,that dyke resides in Mass
Is it just me, or does the blonde with the flattop look like Al Franken?
What does a lesbian bring to a second date?
Ans. A U-Haul trailor.
My former apprentice(lesbian) told me that one.
What I personally refer to as “a fistful of pardons” lesbians. As in, these two couldn’t get laid in man’s prison if they walked in with a fistful of pardons.
You just made me sick for the entire day
That article is full of sociological babble. It certainly didn’t answer the question of why they batter each other so much.
Not that I really care. I’m just commenting on the extremely poor quality of the writing and thinking that went into that article.
If I were an English teacher and that came from a student I guess I would have to give it a D, for effort, but nothing higher.
This is not news nor is it a surprise to those who know anything,
Females are by far the more vicious of the species (check out the mating habits of the Black Widow Spider and the Praying Mantis) and it is only the natural upper body strength and size of the majority of men which keeps the male female ratio in balance.
Woman, plot, plan, connive, and if you have ever listened to them speak to each other, the subject is 99% men and the comments are brutal. Most women are natural born castrators, especially the ones born after the mid 1960’s and they think nothing of using a man to gain their wants and needs.
Guys on the other hand only want to hang out with their buddies, watch the game, drink beer and scratch themselves. They want to hook up once in awhile with the opposite sex of course and they have a fantasy, not often voiced that wishes their sex partner, after the act is completed would turn into a 6 pack of Bud.
Do women deserve this? I don’t know but what I do know is that it is women who are responsible for the disaster in the WH today.
I think the answer is simple. These people (gays) are miserable and unhappy people are often violent. They know 95% of the world looks at them as misfits whether they choose to admit it or not. That is why the gays are continually pushing not to just be accepted bit to be applauded for their lifestyle choices.
There often outrageous behavior in public is the “in your face” challenge of the gays to normal folks. They are saying, but don’t mean it, that they will do anything they want anytime and anywhere they want and we cannot stop them.
They are unhappy children not to mention very, very angry at a situation they have no control over.
You know, voodoo, your 3-paragraph post is a thousand times clearer and makes a thousand times more sense than the posted article.
I’m changing the grade I’m giving that author: F.
Despite the obvious effort.
Voodoo, I was praising your post#12. I’ve got problems with your post#11. Lots of problems. I think you get a lot of things wrong in #11. But your #12 is great!
The article was clear and question appeared to be quite clearly answered. You might try getting those qualifications as an English teacher before criticizing. You’ll probably be tested on reading comprehension as well as grammar.
Do they serve minors to lickers in Mass?