[EDEQUITY Male Dialogue ]Inequality Is the Root of Violence

From: Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Date: Fri Dec 15 2000 - 10:32:19 EST

My understanding is that researchers have shown that violence against
women is caused by social situations in which women have fewer rights
than men. If this is so, then the approach that should best allow boys
to grow up into men who are "relational" (and perhaps
communicative--this may be the root of verbal/language problems) and who
do not act out violence toward women is an approach that makes sure
women have equal rights in society. That might be best ensured by
raising a generation of young men to focus on the laws and economics of
injustice in this country. (This is, by the way, also the route to
equality for, and thus the lifting of violence against, minorities.) Are
there any U.S. government/civic curricula/textbooks that specifically
take this approach? (There doesn't seem to be much point in trying to
teach boys to be emotionally open to women who will grow up not to be
their peers in society. Such affective interventions lack solid ground.)

Linda Purrington
Title IX Advocates

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