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Interesting thought. Totally opposite what my dad taught my brother's: girls can hit boys but boys can't hit girls.
My mom never wanted to see me or my brother getting hurt, which is why she taught us like she did. From a gender equality standpoint, I agree with her. But the reality of the situation is that your dad is correct. Society will always side with the woman and you'd be the one getting in trouble with the law, even if you were the victim. I don't agree with it, but I recognize the reality of it.
He probably was just trying to get them to hit me less. We all beat each other mercilessly