This is the record of a conversation in the comments on this article in The Australian on 9 July 2016.

lets not forget that by far the biggest group of perpetrators of domestic violence are women who smack their children . Mostly boys.

do you have data to back that up. or it just feels good to say that.

Why do gay teens commit suicide at far higher rates than others?

Nobody seems to ask the question why it is that gay teens commit suicide at far higher rates than others. It can't be the bullying - the high rates of suicide by gay people persists in societies such a Sweden where the gay lifestyle is much more accepted than here. To say that bullying causes it is a popular thing to say. But gays are not the only ones getting bullied. There are many different groups that get bullied, but who do not have the higher rates of suicide. Why?

Rules of discussion

There was a post on Google plus which had a flowchart about rules of discussions. This is my response;

All the above flow chart does is set out one person's view of what discussion is, and it is, on it's own terms, not to be discussed! No alternative view of a discussion is allowed. In fact I reckon the form of the above discussion is both sterile and open to bullying by the most intellectually able or the one who can quote the most 'reasonable evidence'. In fact, the more I think about it the more it resembles intellectual bullying.