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'Wives provoke violence', say third of Spanish men

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'Wives provoke violence', say third of Spanish men
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A new study has lifted the lid on young Spaniards' attitudes, revealing they are generally single home birds, who - at least among the men - retain some old-fashioned views about male-female relationships.

The study revealed that 30 percent of young Spanish men think that when a woman is assaulted by her husband "she must have done something to provoke it".

Young Spaniards may be ahead of the curve when it comes to attitudes regarding gay marriage, the research revealed. But in others, particularly male-female relationships, they show a particularly sexist attitude.

The study, carried out by the Centro Reina Sofia for Adolescence and Youth, analyzed the behaviour and attitudes of young Spaniards, between the ages of 15 and 29.

It also revealed that 34 percent of young Spanish men and 28 percent of young Spanish women believe that "a man who seems aggressive is more attractive".

Sexist attitudes remain among many young Spanish men: around 33 percent of them believe that "it’s acceptable for men to go out with lots of women but not the opposite", while only 9 percent of women agree with the statement.

The study also revealed some interesting results when it comes to cohabitation, or lack of.

Of young Spaniards under the age of 29, only 22 percent of men and 29 percent of women are married or live with a partner. Over 69 percent of men and 67 percent of women are single.

When it comes to salaries, inequality between men and women is still an issue in Spain.

According to the study, women who are just as qualified as men earn, on average, €100 less a month, while 42 percent of men and 47 percent of women agree that having children can 'put the brakes on a woman’s career'. 

Yet only 23 percent of men and 11 per cent of women think having children can be detrimental to a man´s career.

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