In this article, I address gender violence through the act of witnessing and speaking out by the victims. Starting from a critical comment on some arguable points raised in the recent Hau journal forum aimed at discussing forms and claims of the #MeToo movement, I let emerge the conundrums that anthropology faces in dealing with the issue. A focus on domestic abuse as a specific form of gender violence allows me to delve into the twine of intimacy, agency and consent in the experience of the victims. I detect the specific dynamics that characterize the issue of speaking/not speaking out against violence by abused women and that underpin analytical biases. Then, I illustrate how these complexities can be found in the general assessment and measurement of gender violence as a global phenomenon. I conclude with a reflection on violence and women’s voices as an opportunity for anthropological knowledge to deal with truth telling, intimacy, and the gendered act of speaking out.

Hashtags, testimonies, and measurements: Gender violence and its interpretation / Gribaldo, Alessandra Margherita Matilde. - In: ANUAC. - ISSN 2239-625X. - 8:1(2019), pp. 7-30. [10.7340/anuac2239-625x-3622]

Hashtags, testimonies, and measurements: Gender violence and its interpretation

Alessandra Gribaldo
2019-01-01

Abstract

In this article, I address gender violence through the act of witnessing and speaking out by the victims. Starting from a critical comment on some arguable points raised in the recent Hau journal forum aimed at discussing forms and claims of the #MeToo movement, I let emerge the conundrums that anthropology faces in dealing with the issue. A focus on domestic abuse as a specific form of gender violence allows me to delve into the twine of intimacy, agency and consent in the experience of the victims. I detect the specific dynamics that characterize the issue of speaking/not speaking out against violence by abused women and that underpin analytical biases. Then, I illustrate how these complexities can be found in the general assessment and measurement of gender violence as a global phenomenon. I conclude with a reflection on violence and women’s voices as an opportunity for anthropological knowledge to deal with truth telling, intimacy, and the gendered act of speaking out.
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Hashtags, testimonies, and measurements: Gender violence and its interpretation / Gribaldo, Alessandra Margherita Matilde. - In: ANUAC. - ISSN 2239-625X. - 8:1(2019), pp. 7-30. [10.7340/anuac2239-625x-3622]
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