Violence Against Women By Nancy Mandell And The Fame Of Whose Lives
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In the essays ‘Violence against women’ by Nancy Mandell and ‘The fame of whose lives? Gender, race and entitlement in Canada’s National game’ by Mary Louise Adams, the authors discuss patriarchy; a term used to describe the society in which we live today, characterised by current/historic unequal power relations between women and men where women are systematically disadvantaged. (London Feminist Network , 2015) This takes place across almost every sphere of life but is particularly noticeable in women’s under-representation in key institutions, in decision-making positions and sports. Male violence against women is also a key feature of patriarchy. Girls are being socialised into a male controlled society. Mandell’s article concentrates on…show more content… (Adams, 2006)
Every day we see images of male violence against women in the news, on TV shows, in the movies, in advertising, sports and in our homes and workplaces. I am a woman and am passionate about my sports. I believe in gender equality and chose these readings in order to have a voice and make a statement in unison of creating change.
Comprehension of the texts
Mandell argues that regardless of class, race, age, sexual orientation, woman are subject to male violence. Nothing can protect women in a patriarchal society. Violence against women ranges from verbal and physical abuse to sexual abuse, rape, pornography, battering and rape. (Mandell, Fifth Edition) Violence against woman is common and persistent. Thirty years ago, most forms of violence against women were hidden under a cloak of silence or acceptance. SOURCE Although, years later, it became apparent that violence against woman occurs on a massive scale; that no woman is immune. She emphasises that women are targets to be victimized. Men are socialised to objectify woman, legitimate aggression, and blame woman for their own victimization. ‘Where woman dominate, men have to resort to greater use of force to remain dominant’. (Mandell, Fifth Edition) They set the glass just high enough, so women cannot reach to break it, keeping the male in the dominate position.
Adam’s begins the essay by stating that