Ever wonder why feminist movements are important? I wil give you a reason…..

4 Oct

A recently published study in the “American Political Science Review“, shows that the mobilization of feminist movements has been one of the leader factors in ending violence against women. The study has been conducted over four decades and in 70 countries. Image

Feminist movements have challenged mainstream frames about violence against women and redefined violence against women as a social problem. In the redefining of violence against women, feminists have demanded that the state and general public respond to this violence in a more concerned and meaningful way. Traditional concepts and frames of violence, were and still are, thought to be matters that are generally private and in instances of rape, very rare. This is why so often victims of violence are blamed for the act of violence. Ever heard these expressions: “Well, she was asking for it….look at what she was wearing. She should have known better to be out that late. She should just leave him. She should have known that it was going to be dangerous.” These expressions and many others produce a framework within society that leads to problematic views on what constitutes as violence against women and who is ultimately to blame for these acts of violence. Often the root of the violent behaviors is ignored and thus, the systematic structure of violence continues…even if some abusers and rapists are put behind bars. Feminists continue to make violence against women a personal issue, by identifying violence against women as a product of gender inequalities. By having feminists reject society’s normalization of abuse, feminists have come together to continue to push for change and progress all over the world.

4 Responses to “Ever wonder why feminist movements are important? I wil give you a reason…..”

  1. clairekochmer October 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I just read this article! I was really surprised to see that feminism movements were even more important than electing female officials, but in retrospect I guess it does make sense because you need support for these candidates.

  2. forwomenseyesonly October 5, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    This is a very effective posting, the picture you chose really does say 1,000 words. It has only been recent that there has been a move to focus on the perpetrators rather than always focus on the victim. It is time to focus on men, and why they are violent. Women are not the problem and it is about time the focus moved to the root of the problem, the men. The redefining is a step in the right direction, but it still is redirecting the focus. It is not really a “social” problem. It is more accurate to say it is a MAN problem. Studies, research, and support groups should be directed towards identifying the men who are violent, and support should be available to help them to change.

  3. jcjohnson3 October 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    It’s extremely important for the public to be educated on rape and domestic violence. These are NOT sexual issues, these are power issues. Once people gain this understanding, maybe they can understand the true victimhood of these women.
    Victims of violent sexual acts should never be questioned on their conduct leading up to the act. The lack of consent should be enough for the public to be on the woman’s side.

    I personally think it roots back to the saying ‘boys will be boys’, it infers that women need to be on their guard at all times because men are naturally sex-crazed and therefore not responsible for their actions. If a guy gets with a girl, consensually or by force, its the woman’s responsibility. This cultural thinking has been holding women back for far too long.

  4. maliakmanor October 6, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Domestic violence is an extremely significant topic to me, dating back to my Junior year of high school. On the speech team that year, I performed a speech piece called “Surviving Intimate Terrorism.” The book, written by Hedda Nussbaum, tells the story of her life with her domestic partner, Joel, who was viciously violent. Her story was one that really introduced the world to domestic violence.

    In her situation, which I am going to post more on her soon on the blog, she was blamed for many of the details within the relationship. She should have done something more.

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