The writer of The Cry of Tamar, Pamela Cooper-White, has taken a subject such as violence against women and the Church and transformed it in such as way so as to not instigate a sense of defensiveness of the forces that have unwittingly committed such offenses that when placed on a spectrum may seem rather inconsequential. Cooper-White has taken a multi-faceted and complicated issue that has been forged through millennia of society and cultures and given an incredibly eloquent and simple book that informs readers nearly as well as identifying paramount issues and roots of violence against women. Issues that I find to be real, and not an obnoxious manifesto of a hypersensitive feminist.
While the book is tolerably dense as well as interesting, I feel especially compelled by her second chapter (Images of Women: Pornography and the Connection to Violence) that identifies the six myths concerning women. From those six misconceptions one could easily surmise that the lot not only women, but children and anyone with a sexual orientation differing from the average heterosexual male, are not only incorrect but reinforced in more ways that what one would originally suppose.
Chapter two of The Cry of Tamar addresses the rather arbitrary mentality, or logic, about what constitutes violence against women as being certain acts or physical entities (i.e. billboards and advertisements) as being on one side of a sort of spectrum. With acts such as sadistic and ritualistic acts and murder on the other end. Playful sexual harassment and the like peppering the center of the spectrum like a color grid of white on one end and black on the other. A thousand shades of grey blending until the two are connected. But just because something is closer to white doesn’t mean that it is white, and furthermore cannot descend into black.
Cooper-White describes coming to this...