Re: a culture of violence?

Linda Purrington (
Fri, 03 Apr 1998 17:16:09 -0800

And there's another aspect of women's situation in this culture
that often escapes us, but is very relevant--it's that sense of women as
property that was so glaringly obvious in the Jonesboro killings. Women
have so long been part of men's property, and used as chips in the
property/wealth game, as well as robbed of their own work by being
required to do unpaid domestic labor, that men have a rational (note,
now we're not talking irrational, mystique, oh how silly, stuff), a
rational reason to be extremely upset when we opt out of this
oppression. (Hey, no one to cook supper, how awful. Nobody to do the
laundry, let's beat up on them a bit, get our domestic help back in
line.) This is something that schools as well as parents can address;
there should be an article in Education Weekly about school household
chores--the boys should not be given all the techie, leadership type
chores; the girls should not be confined to cleanup and snack

Linda Purrington, Title IX Advocates <>

KatherinH wrote:
> This EDEQUITY discussion on violence, sexual harassment, etc has got me
> thinking..
> There is a real issue out there...violence is real and it's a manifestation of
> a number of things. It was always assumed "boys are violent" but now federal
> stats show a rise in violence among females...and females are reporting that
> they are sexually harassing others as well..... The murders of the female
> student and teacher in Arkansas is chilling; as are the violent deaths of
> men, particularly young men of color. How do we focus on addressing violence
> across the board, and how do we sort out our growing fear of violence from
> actual violence, especially in light of stats that show a reduction in violent
> crime among our youth.
> Given this, Id' like us to think about the broader context of violence,
> education and what we can do about it. I'ld like help in thinking this
> *How do we create a culture shift--one that supports peaceful and
> relationships among all people, that moves males and females away from
> oppositional stance?
> *What changes in the culture will help stop young men from hurting
> themselves or one another?
> *How do we share the programs, approaches, materials that work to shift
> dynamics of violence, that support gender equity and all equity, that
> increase engagement in the classroom.
> I believe that positive adult expectations and genuine engagement in the
> classroom, with curriculum that speaks to the students goes a long way to
> shifting the dynamics of violence and disengagement. Whether it's the sexual
> harassment programs such as those developed by Nan Stein at Wellesley or Susan
> Strauss in Minnesota, the GESA model, the materials Craig Flood and others
> listed here, the new constructivist curriculum, the WEEA do we
> use these as building are people using these and others? With
> results? And what do we as a national center, what do we as participants on
> EDEQUITY, what do we as individuals in our schools, communities, families do
> change the culture's belief that violence in all its forms is an answer.
> Perhaps we can use this forum to strategize about this.
> Katherine Hanson, WEEA Equity Resource Center, > 

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