We shouldn't ignore female domestic abusers


When men abuse women, they are rightfully chastised, punished and maligned. But when women abuse men, they are often ignored or receive only a slap on the wrist.

This needs to change, argues Maddy Beiwel in the Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University's school newspaper. Beiwel, a columnist for the paper, notes that pardoning women for abuse "sends the wrong message about feminism."

Beiwel, who identifies as a feminist (the "equal opportunity" kind of feminist, she says, not the "burn the patriarchy" kind of feminist), brings up two examples of celebrities who abused their partners. Chris Brown, who assaulted fellow singer and then-girlfriend Rihanna; and Emma Roberts, an actress who was arrested in 2013 for attacking her then-boyfriend and co-star Evan Peters.

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