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The Sexual Subtexts of Talk about Violence1
The sexual subtexts of talk about violence

When men talk about violence, many things are not said. This is even so when men appear to be fully co-operative in disclosing violence. Those contexts that are not explicitly referred to - gender, sexuality, age, race, family life, and so on - do not disappear; they remain within the text but as sub texts, scarcely spoken. Indeed it could be argued that subtexts are implicit contexts. The subtext is hidden, not known, not fully conscious. It is not a mere surface. It might be ‘repressed’, ‘omitted’, ‘forgotten’. It is silence. Thus possible contexts - such as ‘adulthood’, ‘whiteness’, ‘heterosexuality’, ‘family life’ - may all be unspoken, forgotten, unnoticed and unnamed.

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