Editor’s Note: Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Austin on Tuesday at the National Domestic Violence Hotline headquarters. Here are five quotes from his speech:
1. “You all raised your daughters…those of you that have them.”
— On the role parents have in shaping their children’s behavior and expectations
2. “Expect to be left alone.”
— On his hope women will be able to realistically expect respect, rather than accepting harrassment as the status quo
3. “Has anyone ever blamed a man for being drunk?”
— On the double standards of a culture that often blames the woman for “putting herself in a position” to be victimized.
4. “Funding is down to 2.9 million [dollars]. That’s thousands of women.”
— On budget cuts to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which will reduce the hotline’s ability to provide resources to callers
5. “No one has ever doubted that I say what I mean.”
— On his strong belief that cultural expectations of men help perpetuate cycles of domestic violence. Biden said oftentimes, “being a real man” is conflated with asserting dominance over women, which he said he believes is deeply harmful.