By Patrizia Romito
This booklet is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real boost within the know-how of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to ladies persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's striking booklet analyses male violence opposed to girls and kids, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to girls and violence opposed to little ones, and uncovers the concepts and strategies used to hide it, together with denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the sufferer and compartmentalisation.Written in a transparent and direct variety, the writer deals either a synthesis of contemporary overseas facts and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it really is an important device for somebody - specialist, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and youngsters and to oppose it.
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6 26 Violence and discrimination against women For example, in 1987, the Indian government maintained that 1,572 women had been killed because of their dowry throughout the country, whereas a women’s group showed that there had been 1,000 dowry deaths in the same year in the State of Gujurat alone (Spatz, 1991). 7 According to data from the Italian Family Budgets Survey by the Bank of Italy for 2000. 8 This also provides other secondary advantages, such as enjoyment, sexual stimulation and reinforcement of male camaraderie (Thomas and Kitzinger, 1997).
Another element consists of the low social value of some of the victims. The police, for example, often show little interest in finding and stopping serial killers of prostitutes. The head of the police force spoke to him publicly with these words: He has made it clear that he hates prostitutes. We, as a police force, will continue to arrest prostitutes..... That indicates your [here speaking directly to the murderer] mental state and that you are in urgent need of medical attention. Give yourself up before another innocent woman dies.
However, it is important not to fall into the temptation of reading these psychosocial mechanisms in an individualistic way. We must not forget that some of the people involved in society adhere sincerely to the patriarchal model: many men, and many women also, are convinced that it is legitimate to punish insubordination by women, whether a wild or unfaithful wife or a girl considered sexually ‘loose’, with violence. On the other hand, those who leave the preset tracks may incur heavy social penalties.
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