Reid won't apologize for saying unemployed men "tend to become abusive" 

During a floor speech in the Senate Monday night, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., raised a few eyebrows when, in the course of defending his $15 billion jobs legislation, he declared that "Men, when they are out of work, tend to become abusive."

Reid also said that, "Women don't have jobs either, but women aren't abusive, most of the time. Men when they're out of work tend to become abusive."

The remark spread rapidly around the Internet, where it was roundly criticized by various groups advocating men's issues who are demanding Reid take it back.

But Reid was unapologetic on Tuesday, citing conversations with domestic violence counselors in his state as evidence he has nothing to be sorry about.

"There is no question that people being out of work causes more people to be involved in domestic violence," Reid said. "I mean, I didn't make that up. I was told that by two people who run domestic crisis shelters."

Among the many groups angered by Reid's remarks is Mensactivism.org, a men's rights news and information site, which is calling for "a blizzard of complaints" to be phoned in to Reid's office.

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