The Effects Of Gender-Based Violence

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My vision of the future is that people not be socialized in ways that lead to gender-based violence. “Gender violence in the United States and worldwide is an important public health and human rights issue (537).” The main characteristic of gender-based violence is that it occurs against women due to their gender. “Gender violence implies that harm evolves from the imbalance in power associated with masculinity and femininity (537).” The justifications used for violence often relies on gender norms- that is, social norms about the proper roles and responsibilities of men and women. These cultural and social norms socialize males to be aggressive, powerful, unemotional, and controlling, and these characteristics contribute to a social acceptance for men to be dominant. Similarly, expectations of females are to be passive, nurturing, submissive, and emotional, and weak, this socialize reinforces women’s roles as weak and they must be …show more content…
The media is encouraged through the consumption of participation of people in the society. The media depicts the world as male dominated and women are just objects. Depictions of relationships of relationships between men and women emphasis traditional roles and normalize violence against women. Violence against women is also condoned in movies, television shows, etc. The more that media represents positive portrays of sexual violence, the more likely women are to perceive this as natural in relationships with men and the less likely they are to defend themselves from violence. We should the depictions in the media by reaching out to film makers and encouraging them to show that women are powerful, have the capability to be independent, and gender-based violence should be shed in a negative light and should show that it should not be

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