Domestic Violence

Gloria Steinem Speaks to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has become a hot-button topic in headlines as of late. And now Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist, and social and political activist is having her say about domestic violence. Steinem recently executive produced HBO’s documentary, “Private Violence.” The tagline of the documentary is: “It’s not always easy to just leave.”

“Private Violence”

“Private Violence” follows the stories of two domestic abuse survivors. Deanna Walters is a single mom, and domestic abuse victim, who is attempting to get the courts to prosecute her estranged husband for his brutality. Kit Gruelle is an advocate of for victims of intimate partner violence. The two women’s stories weave together to show just how rocky the road is for the women and men attempting to gain justice against their domestic abuse. “When I was growing up in Toledo, there was no such crime as domestic violence,” said Steinem. “It was called life.”

“…deepest form of violence…”

“It’s very important that we understand how justified, concealed [and] rationalized this deepest form of violence truly is,” Steinem said to an audience filled with press and domestic violence activists. “We’re not going to have a peaceful and democratic society until we have peaceful and democratic families.”

The Why

Steinem spoke to the “why” that lies behind the intimate violence often perpetrated by men. “[It] is about controlling reproduction. If women didn’t have wombs, we’d be fine,” she said. “Men get born into this culture that urges them to commit what I think of as ‘supremacy crimes.’ They don’t have any other motivation — it is all about getting obsessed with and addicted to supremacy.” She went on to say “We have the power of social disapproval,” said Steinem. “We have the power of noticing, of seeing, of supporting, of protecting.” After the screening ended Steinem asked, “Are there questions? “Or answers? We could also use answers.”


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Source: The Huffington Post, Gloria Steinem Speaks Out About Domestic Violence At A Screening Of HBO Documentary ‘Private Violence’, September 30, 2014

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