I want to share this recent post on violence from The Crunk Feminist Collective. What interests me here is the functionality of violence. In recent work I’ve been looking at the economic functions of violence, but I haven’t delved into its gendered nature. This post offers an important intro to power, the functions of violence in general, the gendered nature of contemporary violence (especially in the U.S.), and the importance of the personal stories that culminate in these patterns of violence. These are some important ideas I hope to echo and expound upon in the future. So, what I’m saying is: required reading.
A few weeks ago, a young Indian woman went to the movies. On her way home she took a bus on which she was raped and brutally assaulted by six men. We don’t know the name of this 23-year-old student. We do know that she was tortured so badly that she lost her intestines and needed numerous operations. Six people – including the bus driver – have been arrested. On Friday, December 28 she died.
I don’t know her name. I don’t have an adequate response, but I feel I should say something. Because I was born in the city where she were assaulted. Because so many, too many, experience such violence. Because I spend most of my waking hours thinking about how we can create a world where women are safe. Because she wanted to live.
This is both about and not about men. Here…
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