On sexual violence

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Tulip appliqued panel by Candace Wheeler. (source)

 

Sexual violence cannot be attributed simply to some men behaving in ‘anti-social’ or ‘inhuman’ ways: it has everything to do with the way society is structured: i.e., the way in which our society organizes production and accordingly structures social relationships. Once we understand this, we can also recognize that society can be structured differently, in ways that do not require – or benefit from – the subordination of women or of any section of society.

Nivedita Menon, Capitalism, Sexual Violence, and Sexism: Kavita Krishnan

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