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Violence Against Women
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I Historical Views on Violence against Women 1. Social construction of violence Different meanings over time, region, culture Values of those holding power Dominant expectations of sexual conduct and gender relations
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2. A Private Issue? i) Doctrine of marital unity Violence seen as private One legal identity: husband the legal head of household Postcard, 1957
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ii) Correction and discipline Moderate correction/discipline “reasonable force”: women, children iii) Ownership of female body Unlimited access (sex) Cannot “steal” his own property
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3. Historical Attempts to control violence with the law i) Reasons to prosecute “unreasonable” physical assault Rape outside of marriage Difficult to prosecute
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ii) Domestic violence Costs paid by women Preservation of marriage Gradual changes SPCA Definition of “reasonable 19 th century
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iii) Sexual violence “sexual penetration of vagina, by penis,
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Kate during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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