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I did do a quick search but I was unable to dig up anything satisfactory.
I was curious. Would any of you other blokes out there would ever hit a woman?
Now I don't mean this as just stumbling out the door and clobbering the first unforunate you came across, but more as a personal code thing. Almost all of the other guys I know swear that they would never, ever, hit a woman. Not even to save their life they swear.
I did martial arts from an early age so thumping people of either gender has been something I've just grown up with. However I'm curious to know the views of other LOers, and the reasons for their beliefs as I can't get an answer beyond "You just don't" out of anyone I know.
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I think I hold the view of most guys, in that I'd never hit a woman without provocation. If they start something by attacking me, I have no compunction with preventing myself from bodily harm by any means neccessary. In Plymouth of a friday night there are roving groups of drunken teenagers who cant hold their drink and end up getting aggressive. So far this situation has only occurred the once.
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I don't hit ladies. When they're women and not ladies, I have no such compunction.
This is actually part of a deeper philosophy. I believe that chivalry is due to ladies. They behave in a particular way toward us, we behave in a particular way toward them. However, when a female stops acting like a lady I quickly lose interest in being a gentleman. I'm not going to treat her as an inferior, but in fact the same way I would treat a male.
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It's quite simple really. I don't assault people. I would only strike another person, regardless of gender, in self defense. I grew up practicing martial arts, too, but sparring with people is different from belting someone out of anger or whatever other aggression.
Now, I make a habit of routinely going outside and finding the first person that looks smaller than me and beating the living crap out of them. It makes me feel like a big man. I was all excited when I saw the subject.Originally Posted by Triumph Of Man
I'd also like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge and some lovely swamp land in Florida.
Seirously, I do my best to treat women the same way I treat men. I'll hold the door, but I won't open it. I won't give you my seat on the subway just because you're a woman. I'll listen to what a woman has to say just as much as I would a man, as long as you know what you're talking about. Half the people I work with are women including my boss and that bothers me approximately none at all. I really could care less what's in your trousers except for one thing, and as I'm in a relationship right now even that's not really that big of an issue. So, of course I would hit a woman; using the same exact criteria that I would hit a man. I've hit exactly one person since elementary school, however, so I don't think it's very likely for me to be hitting many more people regardless of gender.
Now, if we're talking about friendly hitting (a light bop with an umbrella for example,) I'm much more likely to do that to a man than a woman. This may just be because of the friends I happen to have, however it does seem awkward to do that to a woman. Then again, I roughhouse with my GF all the time but would probably never do that with one of my guy friends. Friendly 'violence' really depends a lot more on relationship than gender.
I hit a girl back in grade 5. . . though I guess that doesn't really count. Anyway, if I was given sufficient provocation, I wouldn't have a problem with performing some form of retaliation, though that retaliation would certainly be fitting to the circumstance. If some random woman came up and smacked me for no reason, you can damn well bet I'll smack her back.
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I am a self confessed wimp (there's no honor in beating me up)
I try my damnedest not to be hit by, and consequently to hit, anyone. Women most especially. I am not some big tough guy, I'm not some weedy but highly trained martial arts guru, but I can (and have) punched through an inch thick fence pailing or put a definate imprint of my fist in a steel cold-room door. Despite doing these things, my greatest weapon remains my mind.
I was brought up to respect women, and I do; even in the morning...if I can remember her name
Seriously, I don't see why anyone would resort to physical violence in this day and age of litigation.
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Since I'm a girl, I'm gonna flip this question around, so would I hit a man? Yeah, if he was provoking me, or picked the fight, I would. I would also expect that person to retaliate. It's generaly the same thing. You treat all people pretty much equally, so I would hit anyone, regardless of gender, if they were bothering me enough.
Seriously, I would not be afraid of hitting a guy, but I would probably rely on my friends to back me up. I can defend myself if need be, but I know that my friends (who are mainly guys) would stand by my side if I needed them.
Sometimes it's easier to call for help than picking a fight on your own
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Yes. I when am angry I can be an angry kid I could hurt people a lot. The reason I don't fight is that simply I believe that if they got me mad enough I would just keep punching them and never stop. So yes I would hit a girl (mostly from flirting though) if I was angry I bet I would do a lot of things. However normally I would just prevent myself from harm without hitting them.
It really depends on where you hit them...
If it was me and my friends hanging out somewhere and one of us gets dared to run by behind a girl and smack her on the ass, sure, we'd do it (and we got arrested and kicked out of the Ledyard fair because of it!).
Other than something like that, I would never hurt a girl annd I find it very expensive if someone expresses to will to hit a girl. Honestly, girls have a much poorer upper-body strength than males, and I don't like people who beat up on people weaker than them.
I have a great story. This guy I know, who is in my morning meeting, let's call him Tommy. Tommy wet out with a girl, let's call her Joesephine, for about a year. Awesomely, she was a hard-core judo black-belt. They split up. Tommy made a great decision to say out loud, "Some day I just want to beat the crap out of a girl, just to see what it feels like." Needless to say, "Josephine" found out, and you can guess what happened to him...