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This cutting-edge volume advances theories, methodologies and policy analyses relating to various forms of violence against women. Topics covered include: the nature, importance and variety of cultural contexts in which violence occurs, is reproduced and may be challenged or changed; the nature and variety of sexualized violence; and a range of theoretical perspectives on perpetrators of violence. Taking an interdisciplinary focus on issues that affect community and state responses, the book includes individual accounts, and incorporates themes related to authority, sexual proprietariness, asymmetry of violence, socialization, patterns and deviations of victims and offenders, and social and cultural contexts.
Chapter 7: 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
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, [Page 170]including feminist research, we must begin by understanding the interplay between change and continuity, both in actions and ...