Silent screams

Remember the dream you had when you wanted to let out a scream and not a sound was heard?

Well, that’s how I often feel when women talk about violence – as if we’re talking over and over again and nobody is listening – as if no words were even coming out of our mouths.

Please read this interview with Shira Tarrant called Six questions on men and feminism.

Here’s an excerpt referring to the recent Bob Herbert article on Women at risk:

There was a lot of discussion in the feminist blogosphere about Herbert’s piece. The conversations I read were by female feminists. On the one hand, there was a sense that women had been calling out misogyny for years, decades, centuries. And then along comes a man who has column space and huge visibility through the New York Times. Some women were pissed, because it seemed that the media listened more when a man talked about issues that women have been vocalizing for so long.

I’ve said exactly what Herbert wrote in his column—that if any other single group of people were being systematically assaulted there would be mass public outrage. The problem is that violence against women is so often invisible. Or it happens so often it just seems normal. Violence against women is even fodder for entertainment. The story plots of entire TV shows and films revolve around violence against women. Can you imagine seeing similar story lines—on a regular basis—that revolved around systematic violence or sexual assault against another single group of people? People would be speaking out, boycotting, demanding change.

 

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One comment on “Silent screams

  1. femspotter says:

    Herbert certainly isn’t the first person to make the argument. I wish he’d used more statistical evidence to back it up.

    I think it’s interesting that he chose to write about this at all given that everybody else – certainly everybody else belonging to a racial minority group – seems to be focused on racism.

    http://www.thefemspot.com

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