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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}]
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Ending Family Violence

Gail Rosenblum reported on a recent conference on domestic violence (“A Fresh Approach to Ending
Family Violence” 4/14). Sadly, the approaches did not look deep enough, probably because political
correctness forbids.

First of all, sexual freedom is not a victory for feminism but a disaster. When sex comes before
commitment, a psychological and physiological bonding takes place, especially for the woman, that
prevents careful assessment of the man’s character. Thus, intelligent young women end up with guys
who are unworthy of them. Secondly, violence takes place most often in broken or breaking
relationships, ex-husband or ex-boyfriend or co-habiting but triangulated relationships. Men do not
deal well with their emotions and violence often results. Thirdly we now have three generations of
un-mentored men, with absent or pre-occupied fathers, which is actually the strongest predictor that
a boy will end up violent or imprisoned. Finally, transformation is indeed the answer, but it needs the
supernatural power that our sanitized national religion of secularism quarantines from the public

Ross S. Olson MD

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