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Putting violence in words

on May 20, 2010

Violence is the everlasting rejected and detested act. In fact, violence committers raise the motto of Spenser and Darwin “survival of the fittest”. Over the years, there has been a great misunderstanding to the meaning of masculinity as whether it is attributed to men with physical power; hence demonstrating such power on the powerless, or to those who possess manly characteristics such as dignity, nobility and fantasy knighthood. In fact, there have been lots of cases of violence; reported and unreported; some seeking legal prosecution and some keeping their mouths shut. To exemplify such stances, Jennifer Lopez’ movie “Enough” is a clear demonstration of what is called a patriarchy where man dominates everything using power and violence. Religiously speaking on the other hand, all religions have urged men to take care of women, children and the helpless in contradiction to what is going on in lots of cases. Actually, illustration of the definition of patriarchy, its manifestation in violence around the world and its main spots of domination, plus taking a quick glimpse of the movie “Enough” can make the reader definite that violence has to do with those who possess disturbed nature and ethics.

What is patriarchy? And where are the spots of its domination? Patriarchy can be defined simply as the ruling of man over women to the extent of marginalizing the role of women. Such authority of man exists everywhere in the world; however with variable degrees attributed to the culture of every society. Patriarchy is more manifest in developing countries where culture and education are very poorly conducted. Such masculine domination leads to immense consequences on both the domestic and the societal levels.

As frequently the case is, misusing masculinity and its subsequent authority leads to much domestic violence. Unfortunately, women and children are the subjects and victims of such violence. The BBC announces that “according to the latest statistics, domestic violence accounts for 17% of recorded crime.” However, such cases are being seriously dealt with these days; with the increase of the domain of the human rights organizations plus the rise of the religious and ethical conduct.

“Enough” is a realistic fantasy that shows the misuse of authority by man. It speaks of Jennifer Lopes who falls in love and marries Bill Campbell. At the beginning, she does not notice his authoritative manner even in his love for her. However, she discovers how mean he is and how violent in dealing he shows himself only when she faces him with his betrayal affair and threatens to leave him. In fact, Bill Campbell demonstrates the spectrum of men who view love as possession. It is a story of a woman who triumphs over her feminine fear and masculine oppression.

How should society organize the relation between the powerful and the powerless? Simply, follow religion and intrinsic ethics. It is no such hard question, for each religion has set its rules so as to prevent the powerful from exploiting the powerless. For example, Islam urged men to be decent towards women. The prophet also has ordered them not to beat neither women nor children in times of war. Christianity urges people to be compatible and to help each other. Such rules and ethics can regulate the world in the smooth desired way where man caresses the back of woman and she tries to comfort him.

All of us dream of a perfect world, family and society. Martin Luther King simply sets the rules “there is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage,” and “let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” Shortly, a violent free nature is an aim that can be achieved only through the synergy of all levels of society to combat it.

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