How to Stop Violence? Stop it in the home

Yes. Yes. Yes. This morning’s NYT ran a piece that I have to share today–I cannot wait until the weekend.  In a nation that finally paid attention almost-collectively (there were a few million people not gnawing on chicken wings and tater skins…) to partner violence for an entire minute on Sunday evening (in an ad that came immediately after the end of the first half and before a commercial for insurance using testicle-touching as its main comedic vehicle), perhaps we can finally start a conversation about how to decrease violence and oppression.

In “To Stop Violence, Start At Home,” authors Pamela Shifman and Salamishah Tillet point to the repercussions of a nation ignoring violence in the home, that such violence is a powerful indicator that the perpetrator will enact violence outside the home as well, that home is a practicing ground.  When discussing the research done on such violence, they report that “They [researchers] found that the mobilization of strong, independent feminist movements was a more important force in reducing violence against women than the economic wealth of a nation, the representation of women in government or the presence of progressive political parties. Strong and thriving feminist movements help to shape public and government agendas and create the political will to address violence against women.”  What a wonderful way to start my Tuesday:  reading that feminist movements matter.  I looked outside at the pink and purple sky and felt like today can be a good day.  Our work matters.

And the article lists several groups working to end violence, such as Tewa Women United.  I can’t wait to learn more about the work we are all doing to end violence.  We all have to do it together.

(Also, tonight Lehigh University will be hosting the authors of Half the Sky.  This free talk might help us continue to think about violence around the world.)




  1. And since I am reading this today… What a wonderful way to start my Thursday!

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