Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This is pretty hard to listen to

I'm still listening to the BBC recording of the Scottish Parliament debate on violence against men that I brought up in my last post. And I've noticed something.

Most of the counter points involve people coming in and talking about "gendered analysis", "gendered approach", and so on. They are saying that without looking at the gender aspect of the abuse the victims will not get the help they need.

I agree with that...to a point. Yes when looking at the gender aspect of abuse we can find insight on how to help victims. Problem is, and I think the past 11 years of DV awareness of Scotland shows this, looking at the gendered aspect does no good when only look at gender through a limited lens and then try to deal with all DV through that limited view. As the recent past in Scotland shows a constant barraging of male against female violence awareness does precious little to no good (and in some cases actual harm) in confronting other types of violence namely female against male.

People like to chime off that women are the overwhelming majority of victims of DV reports. Well now wouldn't the people who go on about the "gendered approach" to DV realize that one reason there aren't that many men reporting is because of the stigma of being a male victim of DV? Typically (which is a problem in and over itself that needs to be talked about but that's another day) Scottish men are portrayed as rugged, tough, and strong, as are most men are regardless of where they are from. Now weigh that image against being abused. Of course people who are supposed to be strong and tough are going to have a hard time coming forward to say they are being abused.

If people really want to take a gendered approach to examining DV they, and more importantly the victims, can't afford to stop at "why do men abuse women?" and think that all answers about DV can be found through that single lens.