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 violence against women. She defines and makes us travel to better understanding. She emphasises that mistreatment can take many forms, but coercive control engendering fear is the ‘hallmark’, the base. Violence against women is a worldwide yet still hidden problem. ‘All happens behind closed doors’. (Mandell, Fifth Edition)
Adam’s highlights that hockey is the national sport. If hockey is life in Canada, then Canada remains decidedly masculine. Hockey in our society produces a sense of male entitlement to space, to status, and to national belonging. There are many lost opportunities for woman, or minorities in this sport. They speak only of talent and steer clear of gender or colour implication when speaking of the great Canadian game. It…

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