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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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Feminist Collaboration with the State in Response to Sexual Violence

Feminist Collaboration with the State in Response to Sexual Violence

Lessons from the American Experience

(p.191) 8 Feminist Collaboration with the State in Response to Sexual Violence
Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Kristin Bumiller

NYU Press

This chapter highlights the intersectional impacts of feminist attention to violence against women. Many of the hallmarks of the American approach to addressing rape and domestic violence lack efficacy as well as presenting significant threats to women's autonomy. The problems arising from these approaches are closely tied to the way feminists conceived of the problem and to the state's responsibility in addressing it. Thus, the complex development of strategies to combat violence against women in the United States provides an example of the hazards of too much reliance upon the state to address human security issues. Indeed, a historical analysis of policy responses to sexual violence in the United States shows how state-based strategies initiated by feminists inadvertently contributed to criminalizing a large section of American men who disproportionately represent ethnic minorities and immigrant groups.

Keywords:   violence against women, domestic violence, female autonomy, human security issues, sexual violence, state-based strategies, feminists

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