This essay chapter continues Virginia Woolfs’ thesis that ‘a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.’ Woolf’s fictional narrator, Mary Benton, fails to find her answer at the library. She then starts looking at history books to find out what the lives of women were like during the Elizabethan era. She focuses on this time because at this time a lot of great sonnets were being written but only by men. In the very little information that Mary found the women were uneducated, being controlled by the male figures in their lives, and were also being beaten. Mary can’t find much in the history books, so she turns to her imagination and creates a twist to Shakespeare’s hypothetical sister, Judith. Judith has just as much talent as Shakespeare does but is disadvantaged because she is a woman. Judith isn’t given the same opportunities nor the same expectations as her brother. Judith is expected to stay home to “mend stocking and mind stew.” Her parents preferred her to do those tasks instead of reading or learning along with her brother. Judith is forced into engagement and when she questions or denies, her father beats her. She then runs away because she doesn’t want to marry the smelly stranger but wants to follow her dreams to be an actor. She gets hired but is quickly impregnated by her manager.
McGee, Caroline. Childhood Experiences of Domestic Violence, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2000. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/csla/detail.action?docID=1991019.
This book focuses on the first hand accounts of the children and mothers experience with domestic violence and support services available. This three yearlong project focuses the children’s views of domestic violence. It takes a deep dive into domestic violence in everyday life. It talks about how male figures can use different forms of domestic violence against women and kids. It shows that men can try to control women and children by using sexual and physical violence, emotional and psychological abuse, or intimidation. McGee discuss the impacts that domestic violence has on women and children, even talks on how children cope with the exposure to domestic violence. This book also takes a look at some of the services available to help support and protect children. McGee also gets responses of domestic violence from social services, schools, and police. This book is very informative, and it takes a different approach that other professionals didn’t previously look at, focusing on the children views.
“Domestic Violence and Stalking: the … Annual Report to Congress under the Violence Against Women Act.” Domestic Violence and Stalking: the … Annual Report to Congress under the Violence Against Women Act., 1997.
This journal is the second annual report to congress under the violence against women act. This was written around a time where these violent crimes against women were finally being seen as a gender inequality problem. This report is about domestic violence and stalking. It looks at some predictable patterns in domestic violence to formulate a response to end the patterns. It also takes a look at what happens when a woman leaves their abusive partner; the abuser may stalk them in order to regain control again. This report has statistics and surveys that they conducted, including some like the “percentage and estimate number of men and women who have ever been stalked.” This report looks at different forms of domestic violence and stalking and the different demographics effected. This report also talks about antistalking legislation, stalking related programs, and protocols. I plan on using this journal to help support my subpoint that its hard escaping this kind of violence and may lead to other problems.
Allen, Mary, et al. Narrative Therapy for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence: Supporting Women’s Transitions from Abuse to Safety. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.
This book looks at the domestic abuse that is inflicted upon women and takes a deep look at the emotional and psychological trauma that they go through. This can affect a women’s sense of identity and self-esteem. What I really liked about this book was its focus on supporting women to get out of abusive relationships. It brings up thing like how women deal with life after finding safety. It has a chapter on the complexity that is abusive partner relationships. It also discusses some resistance and strategic responses to abuse; this gives women’s stories of how they were able to get out of their abusive relationship. This book even has a chapter dedicated to women’s identity and meaning. This chapter explores women’s identity throughout the course of the relationship and how their identity differs after the relationship.
Serra, Natalie E. “Queering International Human Rights: LGBT Access to Domestic Violence Remedies.” American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law, vol. 21, no. 3, 2013, pp. 583–607.
This article takes a look at domestic abuse among same sex relationships. This article takes a different approach and focuses on same sex relationships instead of your typical hetero couples. Statistics show that domestic violence occurs just as much in same sex relationships compared to heteronormative relationships. The article discusses a chronological development of international law regarding domestic violence. Serra also talks about the existing international discussion of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied) human rights. Serra discuss the difficulties these LGBTQIA+ victims face finding protection under law because they are excluded when looking at the international law. It also takes a look at how the identities of the LGBTQIA+ victims are affected during the domestic violence and after they seek help and find it difficult because of the vague language used in these laws. I like this source because it shows how wide spread domestic violence is and that it effects many people from different demographics, including the LGBTQIA+ community.