The Feminist Theory Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

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The text states that sexual assault and domestic violence was a rarely discussed subject by society, despite it being a problem for several centuries. The violent crimes that occur for women that are higher than compared to men are rape and sexual assault, and domestic violence, or violence committed by intimates like current or former spouses and partners. It is said that women have less power than men in a social, economic, and physical levels. These may be contributing factors as to why women might be the targets for violence. Charlotte Perkins Gilman proposed the idea of an androcentric culture. She suggested that we live in a man-made world in which males are viewed as the dominant and females are viewed as the subspecies or the minority. …show more content…
In addition, sexual assault is defined as any sexual contact without consent of the victim that does not include sexual intercourse. Domestic violence, also known as battering, is the physical and sexual attacks committed by intimates. This is also called intimate partner violence (IPV). Judith Stacey and Barrie Thorne believed there was a lack of feminist revolution in sociology and that feminist theories were seen more as an add on to sociology rather than part of it’s core. Feminist theory thus focuses on inequality against women in both macro and micro levels. It was not until the early 1970’s in which the women’s movement turned its attention to rape (Barkan, …show more content…
The first, being the mammy, which is seen as the loyal servant to a white male and is supposed to love and care for the white family more than her own. This is supposed to describe the perfect relationship between black women and white men. Second is the matriarch. This symbolizes the bad mother who is aggressive and unfeminine thus driving her partner away. As a single mother she is responsible for her kids’ poor school performance. Next, the welfare mother who is lazy, single, and relied heavily on the government. Finally is the hot momma who is seen as a whore and is overly sexualized by media. These stereotypes of black women prove that racism and its ideas still exist are very much alive today. The mammy is a direct result of slavery, despite this relationship being illegal now; the rest of the stereotypes might be a contributing factor as to why African-American women are suffering the highest rates of violence against

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