In Malawi, Madagascar, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Swaziland, Somalia, Togo, Eritrea, Mauritania, and Djibouti, wife beating is fairly rare. It is not acceptable in hunting and gathering societies such as the !Kung and the Mbuti.
But many of the countries where wife-beating is rare are those where female genital mutilation (FGM) is prevalent. FGM is common in Somalia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mali.
As Green notes, both beating and FGM are forms of controlling women, and the men of different societies have different forms. However, both are common in Mali and Chad, and rare in Madagascar. Green names both beating and FGB as human rights abuses.
Green says that violence against women is particularly bad when the interests of patriarchy and capitalism no longer coincide. (That is, …