Sample Essay On Violence Against Women
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How important is the issue of violence against women to the citizen of American? Many people simply do not understand the impact that it has on the female population in the United States. Although there are tons of other important concerns to focus on, this issue is normally over looked and pushed to the side. It is only right to inform people of the meaning of violence against women, the impact this problem has on women, and the advantages and disadvantages of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that helps protect them.
Many people misunderstand the meaning of violence against women. Human rights for women are violated due to the sexual, verbal, and physical abuse these victims tend to encounter (Women Health…show more content…
Any form of unwanted disruption in the lives of the victim is considered this type of abuse. This kind of abuse tends to happen after the victim has left the abuse situation and is trying to move on with their lives. Therefore, as a result, the partner reacts in this abusive manner. Although there are many other ways violence is inflicted against women, physical and sexual abuse are the most common from an intimate partner.
The impact of violence on women is more than superficial. The physical affect it has on the women is simply the appearance of the body. Several examples would be the women having broken bones, black eyes, bruises, and in some cases bleeding. This physical abuse can be detrimental to these women’s health and can even lead to death (International Center for Research on Women,2010). More importantly violence can bring upon an emotional impact. Emotionally, women can become distressed, emotionally numb, angry, and even horribly afraid (Office on Women’s Health,2011). All these emotions build up as a coping method to deal with the pain that they are experiencing during their abuse experience. Typically, fear is the most common result of dealing with abuse because women become fearful of everyday abuse. Thirdly, when women experience violence, it tends to have a mental impact as well. After continued occurrence of this violence, women tend to allow the abuse to happen because women may think it is
Violence against Women in Popular Culture
References to and depictions of violence toward women are very prevalent in popular culture. They seem to have been for some time. Today, for instance, while I read through political blogs on the internet, I came across a clip from Bill Maher’s HBO television show that made light of sexual violence toward a female legislator, Michelle Bachmann.
This encouragement of violence toward women was treated as a joke. The audience hooted and hollered. But if someone took this response as acceptance of violence toward women who disagree with men, it could contribute to the problems women already face with violence.
I saw another example of violence toward women when I watched a Cary Grant film with some friends. The film was called Philadelphia Story, and in it, Cary Grant acts as if he wants to hit Katherine Hepburn’s character, but instead he grabs her roughly and knocks her down. I suppose this is supposed to be better, but the violence is still a little shocking to me.
But, perhaps the strangest case of violence toward women I saw was the movie Whip It, starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page. The movie glorifies violence between girls. Roller Derby players who knock out each other’s teeth and leave each other bloody are treated as heroines. Meanwhile, throughout most of the movie, the mother of one of the girls who wants her to succeed in non-violent activities is treated as a villain. While the acting is good and many of the characters are likable, it is hard not to think that a movie, geared toward teenagers that portray violence as “cool” could be a bad influence. Because there have already been cases in the news where teenage girls have bullied and even killed other girls, this may be the sort of influence people should avoid exposing teens to.