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Eva Lundgren

In: Rethinking Violence Against Women

Chapter 7: The Hand That Strikes and Comforts: Gender Construction and the Tension between Body and Symbol

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The Hand That Strikes and Comforts: Gender Construction and the Tension between Body and Symbol
The hand that strikes and comforts: Gender construction and the tension between body and symbol
EvaLundgren

When women study feminist self-defense and pay lower taxi fares than men at night and the police provide abused women with alarm systems, all this can be characterized as change. But from another point of view, we can see that it cements and validates or stabilizes the very phenomenon against which women are rebelling. Do we conceive of gender power as inevitable and our only defense as self-defense, ourselves incapable of enabling change? When we analyze gender, including feminist research, we must begin by understanding the interplay between change and continuity, both in actions and ...

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