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A deafening silence: Hidden violence against women and by Patrizia Romito

By Patrizia Romito

This e-book is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real increase within the information of violence opposed to ladies and youngsters and activities to oppose it. at the different, the violence persists and so does the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's outstanding booklet describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to ladies and violence opposed to youngsters and, uniquely, uncovers the techniques and strategies used for concealing it. Her research, corroborated by way of an exceptional theoretical framework in addition to up to date foreign examine facts, powerfully finds the interconnectedness of what may perhaps seem as separate occasions or measures. The booklet additionally demonstrates how an analogous strategies and methods are at paintings in a number of varied nations. Written in a transparent and direct kind, the booklet is a vital device for an individual - specialist, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to ladies and kids and to oppose it.

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Studying the results obtained in other countries may also prevent blunders and errors being made and allow possible attacks to be anticipated. Notes 1 I am aware of the risk of simplification when talking of feminism as though it were a monolithic movement or thought. As it is not possible to define and discuss the various types of feminism here, I will limit myself to outlining the approach I am referring to. It must also be specified that feminism has a history starting well before the 1960s, even though it is in those years that so-called new feminism renewed its drive.

What they have not had is social legitimacy. Violence committed by men against women, on the other hand, especially in the context of an affectionate relationship, not only has not had the status of political violence until very recently, but battered wives and girls who have been raped have been led to be deeply ashamed of the violence suffered. 6 For example, although referring to the sexual behaviour of the victim in denigrating terms is a typical reaction to violence against women, making those 38 The theoretical context who have suffered abuse and violence guilty is a more general social reaction.

In what I am referring to this term denotes categorisation, resulting from social forces to construct men and women from the biological sex in a social context, characterised by the subordination of the latter (Mathieu, 2000). Christine Delphy (1991) proposes an even more radical position, in which the importance of biological difference is reduced. For Delphy, the crucial point is the 30 The theoretical context subordinate relationship; sex is only an indicator and not a generator of the difference in power.

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