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By Patrizia Romito

This publication is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real improve within the information of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to girls persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's outstanding e-book analyses male violence opposed to girls and youngsters, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to ladies and violence opposed to youngsters, and uncovers the recommendations and strategies used to hide it, together with denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the sufferer and compartmentalisation.Written in a transparent and direct variety, the writer deals either a synthesis of contemporary overseas info and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it really is a vital software for an individual - specialist, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and kids and to oppose it.

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Social psychologists, such as Staub (1999) and Bandura (1999) use various examples, including the Nazi genocide of Jews and gypsies and the Vietnam War, in their investigation into the ‘roots of evil’ and the various mechanisms for dehumanising. But their analysis applies perfectly well to violence against women. Sexual abuse, torture, abuse and extermination, let us say it simply, of women and children would not have been possible if the killers and witnesses had not belonged to a culture where the female sex was devalued and dehumanised.

Self-knowledge, practised in small groups, caused many women to discover that the violence they had suffered and each had lived through in secret and shame, convinced they were alone, was instead tragically common. Self-help groups, starting from the need to find answers to the health problems and suffering of many women, were able to develop radical criticism of medicine, psychology and traditional methods of care, producing original knowledge on the subject. It is in this context that the first centres offering support to women in rape cases and refuges for victims of domestic violence sprang up (The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 1971; Schechter, 1982).

It is the practices recalled above that provided inspiration for important theoretical developments, such as epistemological breaks with some categories of common sense. One of these breaks has to do with the public/private dichotomy. Situations considered private, even confidential and intimate – such as what happened in the home, kitchen and bed – became subject to analysis, report and political action: this happened for domestic work, sexuality and rape, for example. Feminism also produced radical criticism of theoretical models of the naturalistic and individualistic type, criticism that is particularly relevant 29 A deafening silence to investigating the mechanisms for hiding violence.

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