The Violation of Women - Towards a Clearer Consciousness


  • Lois G. MacDonald



The author examines the dynamics of power and control underlying the violation of women in society. This violation, she argues, is caused not by independent, isolated incidents by aberrant individuals, but rather, by societal behaviours and attitudes which systematically discriminate and oppress women. The author also demonstrates how the legal system in its reliance on the "battered woman syndrome" perpetuates the marginalization of women. This condition is further worsened by use of terminology which negatively characterises women. The important questions of why women are allowed to be violated in our society and how this violation can be prevented remain unacknowledged and unanswered. The author concludes that there are no simple solutions to achieve the goal of eradicating the violation of women and calls for the establishment of substantive means to effectively meet the goal and prevent it from becoming a mere ideal.