CzeCze posted something in another thread which made me think, I've started this thread in the same part of the forum were the quote originated but I did consider putting it in the sexuality and mature section because I've posted threads about fighting or violence there before, if it would be more appropriate there please move it.
I think there is an element of truth to this, I've seen conflict or aggression between men which tended to be posturing, certainly a lot of what I encountered between the age of eleven and seventeen or eighteen (when I did most of my fighting) this was the case and I found that when the initial verbal began if you reacted with straight up physical force most of the time it didnt go anywhere, calling bluffs generally stopped trouble in all but a few exceptions were you could just tell that whoever was involved had been that badly brutalised at home or by older brothers or peers that nothing would make a difference.Women are vicious - I think part of it is that when women fight it's because they are pissed and they don't care about winning or losing, they just wanna beat someone's ass.
With guys, there is a machismo culture and even etiquette or moreso 'rules' and lot of fighting is just yelling and posturing.
Since school I've made a study of aggression, I've been trained and provide training on behaviour management relating to this and there are two sorts, reactive and pro-active, reactive is the most common and it cam be a result of crisis, not a breakdown always, just someone using behaviour they've learned which may have been adaptive in another context but is maladaptive in this one or traumatised behaviour.
I would say that's general to both sexes, just as an aside I would say that mankind sucks in comparison with other species, there arent many sadistic or masochistic lions or tigers, most animal kingdom aggression is "get the f**k out of my space". I say most because I know about the cases of sea cows torturing dolphins and "speciesism" between closely related animal kingdoms. Also I never seen a bored dog or cat decide violence would be an interesting diversion.
Specific to the differences in violence between the sexes I have seen some of the difference CzeCze has talked about, when women get violent it can be much more no holds barred than men, while men can be and are violent to strangers or other men I've encountered a lot of women being violent towards people they're caring for, like their kids (there's some shitty hiearchies of domestic violence, guy feels bullied at work or on bus home, hits/bullies wife, wife hits bullies the children, children bully their peers). What's your views? This pretty much generalisation but it could be an interesting discussion.