SOSC 1185 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Hegemonic Masculinity, Dating Abuse

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Gender matters, especially in terms of violence against women. Richardson et al. provides a definition of violence. Normalization of male violence = key concept. Some argue that the word victim, we are encouraging disempowerment. If we use target, we are allowing individual of the target to have the potential for social change can be seen as men who are thought to be gay are at high risk of being a target of violence. Gender matters in who is the target and who is the perpetrator. In intimate relationships, women do not benefit equally from social services. Violence is about power over which is why women who have less power are less likely to be seen as violent and are less likely to have seen their violence as significant. Many women who are violent (in context of intimate relationships) is due to self-defence and the injuries are less severe.

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