5. Is Coronavirus a ‘disaster for feminism’?
One of the less understood impacts of the coronavirus has been (and will be) the increase in violence against women. Take a second to think why that may be?
1. DIRECT VIOLENCE
Women are by far the most likely victims of domestic abuse (although men, of course, can be victims too, and this should not be ignored) - in places where the lockdown is legally enforced (in particular), victims are trapped indoors with the aggressor, in a situation that is already tense. The first article from the BBC news and explores this issue in Spain.
2. STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE
Until recently, there has not been proper research into the wider impact of pandemics on women (and, yes, the impact on men has been researched; their experience erroneously being used to draw general conclusions for everyone). This, in itself, is evidence of historical bias against women. Of course in more recent times this is being readdressed and the findings are bleak, but not surprising given what we know about structural violence. In times of crisis, women are disproportionately affected. The second article, from The Atlantic, unpacks why this is the case and makes predictions for the coronavirus.
Read one or both of the articles and make a post to the forum. I will leave the subject of your post up to you on this occasion, as there are so many possible threads - pick one and have a pull at it. It would be great to see some connection to the course though.