Everyday Violence as a Mechanism of Oppression

Violence, the application of or credible threat of physical force to eliminate others or to ensure their compliance, is not in itself necessarily objectionable or oppressive. Indeed, the liberation of oppressed and exploited people is always predicated on their use of, or threat to use, force against ruling elites. It does, however, seem that in systems of oppression, violence would be the most visible symptom of social injustice as dead bodies tend to attract attention. The simple fact that many people live in abject terror of others merely because of their appearance, gender identity, or sexual orientation ought to be … Continue reading Everyday Violence as a Mechanism of Oppression