Imagine if the situation was reversed and it was Jay-Z going after Solange in that elevator; trying to hit and kick her. He would be vilified by the media. Women’s Rights activist would be all over him. There would be specials on Domestic Violence for the 200th time this year. There would be media stories on rap being misogynistic. There would be follow-up rape culture articles and then we would be in the same place we are right now, nowhere. But that is not what I am here to discuss.
In a previous post entitled: Saw a couple Fighting: Thoughts on Intimate Partner Violence & Women , I dared to bring up the idea that women in episodes of domestic violence start fights. It was previously thought that only when the final stages of separation or divorce have been initiated are women capable of morphing into the mean-spirited, belligerent and aggressive harpies of myth Yet according to a study done by Straus and Gelles in couples reporting spousal violence, 27% of the time the man struck the first blow; in 24% of cases, the woman initiated the violence. The rest of the time, the violence was mutual, with both partners brawling.
I think this footage supports the idea that women are just as violent as dudes but that their violence is not as damaging. A women hitting a guy with an over hand right won’t land him in a comma. I feel that a lot of ladies take liberties because guys can’t hit them back. As far as we know Solange and JayZ are not in a sexually intimate relationship. However Solange fits the intimate partner violence statistics mold in that women in their 20’s were more likely to aggress than women aged 30 and above.
I don’t know what the fight was about but I am glad JAY-Z didn’t hit back. However his credibility as you can see is clearly affected.