A Deafening Silence: Hidden Violence Against Women and by Patrizia Romito

By Patrizia Romito

This publication is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real boost within the knowledge of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to girls persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's impressive e-book analyses male violence opposed to girls and youngsters, 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 techniques 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 foreign info and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it really is an important device for someone - expert, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and youngsters and to oppose it.

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We need also to account for subjectivity and agency. The concept of agency, together with the concepts of self and meaning, have become central in feminist and sociological theories in the last few years. By human agency we understand the capacity of the individual to intervene in a causal sense in reality. This concept is founded on some crucial questions: how social structures are created and determine the actions of individuals and what the limits are to the capacity of individuals to act independently from structural constraints, in other words, what the limits to human agency are.

We need also to account for subjectivity and agency. The concept of agency, together with the concepts of self and meaning, have become central in feminist and sociological theories in the last few years. By human agency we understand the capacity of the individual to intervene in a causal sense in reality. This concept is founded on some crucial questions: how social structures are created and determine the actions of individuals and what the limits are to the capacity of individuals to act independently from structural constraints, in other words, what the limits to human agency are.

But their analysis applies perfectly well to violence against women. Sexual abuse, torture, abuse and extermination, let us say it simply, of women and children would not have been possible if the killers and witnesses had not belonged to a culture where the female sex was devalued and dehumanised. 5 Like oppressed people, who are to be dominated or exterminated, women are often called by the names of animals in everyday language: cats, kittens, bunnies, fawns, gazelles, geese, hens, snakes, monkeys, cows, bitches, pigs, sows and piglets;6 or they are defined by their anatomical parts: legs, arse, tits.

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