“Debates on prostitution rage on, as they have for over a hundred years. But if the commerce of sex was once a more hidden or at least discreet business, today there’s no ignoring the bombardment of sex sales talk; we live, it has been said, in a culture of pornography. With the worldwide explosion in recent decades of industries based on the production, sale and
consumption of sex primarily personified in women’s bodies, there is an even more pressing need to understand the commodification of sex in the range and diversity of forms that pornography, “sexual entertainment” and prostitution are taking, and for feminists to analyze the significance of and impact of these developments on women’s status…”
Author(s): Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 3 (March 2001), pp. 7-9
“Beth Richie spent some time listening to battered black women incarcerated at Rikers Island and has written a remarkable book rooted in their life experiences. This book is a departure from much of what is written about women in prison because it takes into account the totality of their life experience and it examines the social forces that act to structure them in a way that women end up incarcerated.”
Author(s): karla mantilla
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 2, Our Sisters In Prison: What are they doing there? (February 2001), pp. 13-14
“I am a woman. I am a battered woman. I am a battered woman incarcerated with a life sentence, no possibility of parole. In our society, being a battered woman is a life sentence anyway. I don’t see the point of underscoring it by the courts.
A battered woman is sometimes faced with the choice of kill or be killed.
If she gives up a life of physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse by her partner by killing him, she dooms herself to the same treatment by the “system.”
A battered woman is isolated from family and friends by her abuser; the system does the same thing. An abuser strips a woman of her identity and dignity; the system does the same thing…”
Author(s): Darcy K. War Bonnett, Deborah Bounds, Karen R. Paese and Shannon R. Houser
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 2, Our Sisters In Prison: What are they doing there? (February 2001), pp. 9-12
Warnings to Women: Police Advice and Women’s Safety in Britain
Author: Elizabeth Stanko
Source: Violence Against Women 1996 2: 5
ABSTRACT: ‘This article examines police and other governmental crime prevention literature advising women about personal safety. Through a radical feminist perspective, my personal narrative includes a historical context for developments in Britain that give rise to a social and political climate within which individual responsibility for avoiding violence is paramount.
The purpose of this article is to raise theoretical questions about the effect of this context on us, as women. As a feminist, I also argue for the usefulness of a radical feminist perspective to inform our thinking about avoiding men’s violence and ensuring women’s safety.’
‘Theorizing About Violence: Observations From the Economic and Social Research Council’s Violence Research Program’
Author: Elizabeth Stanko
Source: Violence Against Women, Volume 12 Number 6, June 2006 pp.543-555 Sage Publications
Abstract: The director of the Economic and Social Research Council Violence Research Program (VRP) in the United Kingdom discusses and debates the impacts of the program in the context of contemporary ideas about violence and current U.K. policy and practice in the field. The projects in the program included 2 historical studies and 18 contemporary
studies of violence in the home, schools, prisons, neighborhoods, leisure establishments, massage parlors, and on the street. For example, studies focusing on the nighttime economy in U.K. cities, on paramilitary punishment beatings in Northern Ireland, and on violence experienced and perpetrated by girls are discussed here. Five projects addressed
gendered violence, and three addressed domestic violence specifically. Lessons from the VRP are drawn out in this article in a personal account. These lessons include the fact that violence is not hidden, that the meanings of violence are gendered, and that people’s accounts of violence matter.