"I'm the man in the box"

Articles & Essays
Kuhn's concept of "normal science" finds ample suport in the sociopolitical, gendered analysis of domestic violence. Methods of inquiry proceed according to unquestioned assumptions that inform the paradigm of male power and control. The paradigm confounds puzzle solving by delimiting the parameters of inquiry, resulting in biased interpretation of data, or myopic inability to observe relevant data: "phenomena... that will not fit in the box are often not seen at all" (Hergenhahn, 8-9). Male victims are not seen because the phenomenon cannot be assimilated or co-exist with conventional sociopolitical theory, and will not be fully recognized until the sheer weight of evidence precipitates a "paradigm shift."
After decades of refusing to see female perpetrated violence, pro-feminist research now acknowleges it's significance.
While this is encouraging for advocates of gender-equity, the fact that researchers remain focused on interpretating data from within the confines of a deeply flawed ideology demonstrates the tenacity of emotionally-driven belief systems and indicates that acceptance of a truly gender-incluive approach will take some time.

"...the feminist approach has been unable to account for other key research findings. Indeed, close reading of feminist theory and research on the problem of wife assault reveals what Kuhn (1965) referred to as a paradigm. Paradigms direct research but also serve to deflect critical analysis of the paradigms' own central tenets through diverting attention from contradictory data. A form of "groupthink" (Janis 1982) ensues whereby dissent is stifled by directing attention from potential contradictory information. I shall argue below that much information exists that contradicts the notion that patriarchy is a main effect for wife assault. (That is, that patriarchy serves as a sufficient cause for male assaultiveness). I shall also argue that feminist disdain for psychopathological explanations of wife assault are politically driven, leading to an obfuscation of our understanding of the phenomenon of male assaultiveness. I shall conclude that psychopathology and patriarchy interact to produce abuse but that both are required to fully understand male abusiveness in intimate relationships."
Dutton, D. (1994). Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy. Violence & Victims, 9, (2), 125 - 140.