Here’s a microblog, since it’s been a while.
I watched this video:
which prompted me to look it up on Google where I found an article called “What’s Wrong with the Violence Against Women Act?”
When Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, it was a landmark in federally recognizing the scourge of domestic violence. It also brought about a very practical change, meant to address the problem of cops treating such cases as private family matters instead of serious crimes.
My emphasis; this just hits a nerve. I would guess that a majority of domestic violence cases are men abusing women. If it’s not true, I apologize. However, a number of them have been constructed as such. The idea that cops would look at a domestic violence case and not look into it further because it’s a “private family matter” is so fucked.
It just strikes me as a view that a man, head of household, husband, earner, has a right outside the law to abuse his family because… they’re his property? Children and women have been and still are purchasable and trade-able, and for a long time men were the only people who could actually own anything. Unfortunate that these things still pervade our culture.