November 30, 2023

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One third of German men think "acceptable to use physical force in an argument with a partner"

For every third young man in Germany there is no concept of “domestic violence” – they consider it in the order of things to use their physical “superiority” in an argument with a weak woman.

Physical violence

Representatives of the age group from 18 to 35 years old are sure that this is a completely acceptable solution to a problem or dispute that has arisen. About it informs Welt, referring to the results of a nationwide representative study conducted by Plan International Germany:

  • 33% of the young men surveyed said they considered it “acceptable to use physical force in an argument with a partner.
  • 34% have already resorted to violence against women in order to “instill respect in them”.

Carsten Kassner, specialist of the Federal Men’s Forum, is “shocked” by the results of the study:

“The problem is that a third of the men surveyed downplay physical violence against women. This needs to change urgently.”

housewife wife

The study uncovered some more interesting facts. The image of the traditional “housewife” is firmly entrenched in the minds of many men. More than half of the respondents (52%) see their role as earning enough money for a woman to take care of herself and be able to take care of the household.

According to the survey, every second young man does not want to enter into a relationship with a woman who has already had many sexual partners.

Many men are willing to work for greater equality and against role stereotypes, but don’t translate that into action, Kassner says. Changing the framework conditions is also a policy task. For example, a great example is the federally planned paid parental leave after the birth of a child.

Respondents expressed a high level of disgust at demonstrations of homosexuality in public, with 48% saying it “worries” them.

Survey Criteria

The study interviewed 1,000 men and 1,000 women aged 18 to 35. The survey was conducted from 9 to 21 March across the country, using a standardized written online survey.

It remains to be recalled that on 1 June the Council EU approved the accession of the European Union to the Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention.

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