Posts tagged ‘gendered violence’

Link: “Carceral feminism and coercive control: when Indigenous women aren't seen as ideal victims, witnesses or women”

Original post found at: https://theconversation.com/carceral-feminism-and-coercive-control-when-indigenous-women-arent-seen-as-ideal-victims-witnesses-or-women-161091

An important contribution, in my opinion. It’s a knee-jerk reaction of many feminists – “bad people, lock ‘em up!” and it’s definitely even an instinctive reaction of mine – it’s so deeply ingrained in us from when we’re little that jail is how we punish people who do harm to others. But considering how much harm we know the criminal justice system does to Black and Indigenous people, and how horrible the police are at responding to even the most clear-cut situations (and deliberately so), we need to move beyond that instinctive reaction and realise that strengthening this oppressive system cannot be the answer.

Link: “Rosie told police she was a victim of domestic violence. She was the one arrested”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/rosie-told-police-victim-of-domestic-violence-she-was-arrested/100112832

I watched this item on The 7.30 Report(external link) the other night, and it was really tough viewing because it’s just so outrageously unjust how NSW Police responded to this woman’s call. I can only imagine that the responding officers are hardcore MRA types because that’s the only thing that would seem to me to explain their behaviour.

Link: “The trouble with boys: what lies behind the flood of teenage sexual assault stories?”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/27/the-trouble-with-boys-what-lies-behind-the-flood-of-teenage-sexual-assault-stories

For Michael Salter, professor in criminology at the University of New South Wales and expert in masculinity, there is a crucial phase in adolescent development as gender identities start to form and there are vital questions to ask about boys’ transition from primary school to high school, and the sorts of peer structures that get established.

“At this age they become very gender segregated, and become militant around gender norms, in many cases boys are actively discouraged from seeing their female school friends as human beings – it’s a total failure of empathy, a failure to see a girl as human.

“Codes of behaviour are very strict during that period of time. Boys are subject to physical violence from other boys, can be seen in some way as weak or overly sympathetic if they are interested in platonic relationships which then become actively sexualised by young boys. That’s not necessarily true with girls.”

Timely for this article to come out now, after the movie I saw last night. There’s really so much of it I could have quoted; it’s an incredibly insightful piece about how that “gender segregated” old-timey kind of Western culture fosters misogynistic disrespect, and then ultimately sexual violence.

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