In some indigenous communities, te message conveyed by academic literature is that gender violence is allowed so long as it is done with “good intentions. ”However, wo defines good intentions? Aademic literature shows that men can ‘discipline” their wives if they fail to provide for them as expected (by the society). Hwever, wo defines this ‘discipline? ”Aboriginal communities and other indigenous communities have always viewed women as inferior to men and undeserving of any prominent roles in the society (Bell and Nelson, 1989:414). Sch notions have been created and by so many generations of indigenous communities that they have evolved into traditions that they must protect in order to “survive.
”Current status of gender and sexual debates reveals that such notions are the product of fear and insecurity faced by men and used to oppress womenfolk (Bell and Nelson, 1989:415). Idigenous communities like aborigines are patriarchal in nature, maning women have little or no voice with which they can challenge the interventions created by men to serve their vested interests. Tere is a reason why violent actions like are prevalent in some societies and rare in others (Vheim, 2013:31).
Te difference between the two societies is that one encourages them while the other creates unfavourable conditions for violence, wether it is by perpetrated by one gender on another or perpetrated by one gender on the same gender. Te academic literature on indigenous family violence complicate everyday understandings of the gender issues involved because they provide many counters that not only oppose but also create confusion in the common understandings of the gender matters involved (Khanum, 2012:24). Fr aademic literature shows that indigenous family violence was justified in cases where it was done for the good of the community.
I such cases, volence meted out by a husband on a woman or child was viewed as a preventive measure to curb the spread of “bad” habits. Awife who failed to cook or take care of the household in her husband’s absence was punishable by violence in some indigenous communities, bt contemporary understandings show that there can never be enough justification for violence (Khanum, 2012:28). I also shows violence is wrong regardless of who is perpetrating it.
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