Confronting Violence By: Takyiwaa Manuh And Adolf Awuku Bekoe

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Confronting Violence, as it is stated in the name is discussed how women are often confronted with gender based violence; such as trafficking of women and girls, prostitutes, and slavery. Such violence and abuse violates women’s human rights and prevent to be an actual human being in society. According to the global statistics, one in every three women has experienced abuse in her life; such as being coerced into sex, been beaten, or abused. Also 7 to 48 percent of girls and women, ages from 10 to 24, have reported their first sexual encounter was through coerced; with the risks of having sexual transmitted diseases. With that being said, let not forget how culture and values impact women. Such as the naming and shaming songs, that use derogatory adjectives that violate the body and mental integrity that one have. It also mentions violence that women go through in the global south. Such violence, consent ...view middle of the document...

Marilyn Frye’s essay titled “Oppression”, explains how culture and values impact women. Females are aware that there are many derogatory adjectives, use to describe the individual, often with an emphasis on sex. This constraint is call double bind; which according to Frye is the securitization of women. Frye stated, “Women face restrictions which, on-balance, are harmful to them, they are imposed by social structures and expectations, and even within the law; women face them because of their status as women; and men both impose these barriers and benefit from them”. And most importantly this is related to Chapter 10, resisting violence against women. The central idea of chapter 10 reveals around the idea of gender violence; gender violence can be defined as the imbalance of power between women and men that usually end up harming each other; often is the male counterparts that harm female.
Gender Violence involves in taking controls one life and body, which always involves some form of consequences; rape, sexual assault, harassment, ECT.
My personal experience with gender violence, well I haven’t experience any. But I have my run in with sexism. I work at a part-time job, where I worked as a cashier, and often I am often confronted with the question of my ethnicity and how can I prove my worth to my coworkers and boss. Often, when working with male environment, is easy to belief that the males are going to baby you and saying you should be cleaning and cooking, not working with men in the fields. When reality, I enjoy what I do; working in as a cashier, helping people go through their day, outsmarting your boss is always satisfying. My other encounters with sexism, is through sports. Growing up in a male-orientated family, it hard to play with the boys; my family have this norm that the women have to be a stay at home mom, but the men are the one who are the breadwinner. But being me, I was never an ordinary child, I enjoyed getting dirty, and playing basketball, helping my dad with yard works, and helped him with fixing the car. I was never the one who like to play with Barbie doll and stay still, I always have to move around.

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