Gender, free will, and woman-to-woman sexual assault in service provider discourses

dc.contributor.authorMalinen, KelleyAnne
dc.description.abstractAlthough still less recognized than man-to-woman sexual assault, awareness of woman-to-woman sexual assault has grown sufficiently over the past three decades that we should no longer speak of its discursive emergence as the breaking of hitherto uninterrupted silence. This article begins the project of exploring and comparing discourses used to frame this phenomenon. Based on a situational analysis of interviews with service providers who had experience supporting survivors of woman-to-woman sexual assault, this text presents three discourses used to think about this form of violence: all violence is men’s violence, violence is a choice, and nonviolence is learned. Each discourse is characterized by a specific relationship between sexual violence, free will/determinism, and gender and by attendant rules for what can and cannot be said. As such, each communicates ideological commitments, which reflect and sustain specific approaches to antisexual violence work. Each seeks to negotiate a sociopolitical context of gender-based oppression and sexuality-based oppression that includes the risks and realities of silencing and recuperation of survivor speech. The objective of this article is to enable service provider reflection about the implications of diverse discourses used to frame woman-to-woman sexual assault and to discourage naturalization of any given approach.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under Grant 752-2009-1261; Fonds de recherche socie´te´ et culture under Grant 131821; Sexuality and Gender Diversity: Vulnerability and Resistance Research Team, based at Universite´ du Que´bec a` Montre´al; and the Sociology Department of Universite´ Laval.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMalinen, K. (2018). Gender, free will, and woman-to-woman sexual assault in service provider discourses. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 33(1), 56-68.en_US
dc.subjectsocial work/social welfare history and philosophyen_US
dc.subjectsituational analysisen_US
dc.subjectsexual abuseen_US
dc.subjectresearch categoriesen_US
dc.subjectgender-based violenceen_US
dc.titleGender, free will, and woman-to-woman sexual assault in service provider discoursesen_US
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