By Paula Wilcox
This ebook follows a bunch of ladies pursuing protection from abusive relationships. Seven influential social dimensions are tested: strength, emotion, childrens, domestic, fiscal source, casual and group aid. A gendered research of exterior structural contexts, in addition to person responses, unearths the limitations girls face.
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At the same time, however, the relative instability of men's power is also revealed in that if such power was truly stable and secure, there would be no threat to their power and no need for them to wield abuse and violence to regain control. I now turn to look at women's social networks and how coercion was also wielded by the male partner in relation to the extent to which women were able to maintain contact with family and friends. Although this forms an integral part of the 'coercive-consensus' context achieved I have separated out this section for analytical reasons as in this book I have a particular focus on the support of other people in women's social networks.
Emotional abuse revolved around women's roles, as wives and mothers. Mandy for example was told by her male partner that she was not fit to be the mother of his child (see Chapter 3). Domestic arrangements, such as cooking and cleaning, were also targets of male abuse. Janice (whose husband was rarely at home) gives an example of this: When he were in, he were bad tempered, ill tempered. Er I'd have dinner done after an afternoon shift for six o'clock, he'd come home, one day his custard were slightly cold he slung the whole dish, and said, 'I'm not bleeding eating that' and slung it straight across work top, things like that.
The eternity ring is also not a true gift. It too is a tool of control, a gift given along with a threat not to make any demands on him. Lundgren's notion of the soft and hard hand is also apt in this context; as we can see the 'orchid' and the 'ring' are 'rewards' (positive sanctions) or in her terms the 'comforting hand', which women may experience (or want to experience) as being a change in their partner, a change back to his original 'real' self (1998, p. 185) harking back to the early 'wonderful' days, the threat representing the hard hand.