The spinster aunt catches a lot of flak for espousing the Men Hate You hypothesis. Not a day dawns over the Twisty bungalow when I am not the recipient of some fairly lively rhetoric proposing to acquaint me with the unsatisfactory nature of my views. Outraged dudes get their backs up and make with the “I for one don’t hate women you are wrong you must have been abused as a child you stupid cunt” argument. Women in relationships with men assume a defensive posture; perceiving that I have impugned the integrity of the doted-on patriarch, they loyally wish to enlighten me as to their husband/boyfriend’s sterlingness (“he does the laundry!”), an exception who surely disproves the rule.
This morning I do not propose to inaugurate a debate on the truthiness of the Men Hate You hypothesis. There can be no debate. I merely call to your woefully divided attention a study currently making the rounds (by which I mean I saw it at Broadsheet). This study of 370 English-speaking American women aged 65 and over found that 26.5% reported having experienced “intimate partner violence” at some point in their lives. In other words, sooner or later a quarter of these elderly women were abused, either physically or by the controlling behavior of some asshole love interest. Read the abstract, or this cheery bit of reportage, for the grim details.
[Broadsheeter Carol Lloyd takes what may be construed as a disturbingly minimizing tone when she speculates for no apparent reason that the “name calling and feeling controlled by a partner” aspects of the abuse might be brushed off as the normal consequences of “otherwise civilized breakups”. To which I say, zounds. If it is considered normal for “otherwise civilized” men to be abusive, breakup or no, that’s not much of an endorsement for the Men Don’t Hate Women position. Or for civilization, either.
The actual study, of course, reports a median duration of 10 years for controlling behavior, so it’s pretty clear that breakups, which typically don’t last quite as long as that — unless you’re talking about lesbians — weren’t really the focus of the analysis.]
Anyway, if the study’s findings are accurate, a quarter of all women have (or will have, by the time they’re 65+) put in at least one hitch in the foulest trenches of misogyny (if this is at all surprising, it is because one rather expected the figure to be higher, and the study’s author apparently agrees; see the Broadsheet post for details). One quarter of women. In the U.S., that’s 37,305,527 human beings, raped, beaten, berated, controlled, threatened.
Which intelligence inclines me to make a couple of assertions.
1. Men hate women.
2. Male violence against women is a humanitarian crisis the enormity of which is unparalleled in human history.
3. The fact that women are hated — even by those who are not openly hostile except on lefty blogs — is the reason this shit continues unabated.
I leave you now with today’s reading from Andrea Dworkin, who herein explicates the misogynist pith of the preceding statements as originating in
the conviction that the male abuse of women, especially in sex, has an implicit logic, one that no program of social justice can or should eliminate; that because the male use of women originates in the distinct and opposite natures of each which converge in what is called “sex,” women are not abused when used as women — but merely used for what they are by men as men. It is admitted that there are excesses of male sadism — committed by deranged individuals, for instance — but in general the massive degradation of women is not seen to violate the nature of women as such. 
1. Dworkin, Andrea. Right-wing Women. New York: Coward-McCann. 1982. 195-196.