->'''Chris''': Barb eventually beats up enough people that one of them calls her “babe,” so she gets to slowly pick up a gun and shoot him six times while he stands there patiently waiting for her to do so.\\
'''Matt''': And it all ends with a joke about how she broke a nail. This movie.\\
'''Chris''': It’s very empowering.
-->--Chris Sims and Matt Wilson [[http://comicsalliance.com/barb-wire-pamela-anderson-movie-review-part-1/ on]] ''Film/BarbWire''

Female-on-male violence is viewed as more acceptable in fiction than male-on-female violence. Often, a woman using physical violence on a man will be PlayedForLaughs; sometimes it will be DisproportionateRetribution. The key is that in most works where this trope is in effect, it would be completely impossible to imagine the same violent situation play out with the participants' genders reversed without a large dose of drama getting added into the mix. The basic DoubleStandard at work in this trope is sexist on both sides: no woman is strong enough to harm a man, so any man weak enough to be harmed by a woman [[NoTrueScotsman isn't a real man, and that's funny]]; that way, also, you get AmusingInjuries instead of broken bones and cuts.

Even people who ''do'' believe that a woman can seriously hurt a man can still believe in this double standard. Women are often stereotyped as [[MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication inherently nonviolent]] as well as [[WomenAreWiser wiser and morally superior to men]]. By that logic, any man being physically abused by a woman [[TheUnfairSex must have done something to deserve it]], as a woman would never resort to using violence unless it was absolutely necessary.

The trouble is that because of stereotypes and double standards like these, often men don't fight back for reasons including that they are either afraid of hurting the woman, or they are afraid that if they fight back, they will be considered the aggressor by the authorities despite any retaliation being in self-defence.[[note]] In some areas, the policies assume women are acting in "preemptive" self-defense, meaning male victims can be arrested ''without actually laying a finger on the woman'', even if ''they'' were the ones who called the cops on ''her''. This also includes, in some cases, "defending" a child or pet.[[/note]] Add on to that, in such cases where the woman actually is charged with a crime, her sentence will be FAR less severe than had the situations been reversed.

Note that this trope does ''not'' describe situations where violence is genuinely adequately {{justified|Trope}}, such as Wonder Woman attacking Lex Luther in defense of Metropolis. Nor does it apply in situations where universal humorous abuse is delivered to the ButtMonkey or TheChewToy by both men and women for equally flimsy reasons – that is just ComedicSociopathy. Obviously, it likewise doesn't apply in situations where female-on-male violence is treated as a serious subject. An exception to either case is when one or more of the female characters' involved in dealing the violence actively ''justify'' their behavior with this trope, whether out loud or within the privacy of their mind.

Related to AllAbusersAreMale, AllWomenAreDomsAllMenAreSubs, DomesticAbuse, DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale, MenAreTheExpendableGender, and StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale. BelligerentSexualTension often has elements of this trope. Compare/Contrast WouldHitAGirl. A very similar anime/manga trope that does not always include abuse, but typically often will involve a woman violently beating a man and is played for comedy is {{Tsundere}}. The female half of this trope is very often a JerkSue.

%%''Note: This trope applies to abuse inflicted on males, not regular slapstick that can be inflicted on either gender. Before adding an example, think about how the audience's reaction would be if the abuse was reversed. Also, due to the very nature of this trope, no TakeThat edits and no social {{natter}} or personal opinions please. And of course, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''

Female on male abuse ''is'' a serious issue, especially if it is physical and/or your girlfriend or wife is violent. Please ''do'' seek help if you are victimized. YouAreNotAlone.

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* ''[[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Domestic abuse is a horrible experience to go through, and all too often the victims are shamed into silence by their attackers. If this is you, you need not be afraid. There are people who can and will help you.]]''
* [[http://www.batteredmen.com Battered Men]] is a male-specific resource for men who are abused.