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Gendered Violence
Gendered violence mainly involves acts committed by males to others, and results in sexual, psychological, or physical harm. The acts of gendered violence also involve coercion and violation of rights of an individual, which could take place in private or in public. In most cases, gendered violence happens in the process of expression of male masculinity (Rios, 2009). In that endeavor, men who grow under harsh social predispositions are socialized in a way that compels them to act and behave in certain ways to gain dominance. Sometimes the gendered violence emanates from males who are keen to express themselves because of their personal experiences in the society. Rios, (2009), observes that youths who have been continuously criminalized by the social and the legal justice system may exhibit hyper-masculinity tendencies aimed at protecting themselves as well as dominating others.
In a response to this form of marginalization, the discriminated youths establish mechanisms to dominate those around them. Therefore, gendered violence is a product of a racially biased and stratified society where poor male individuals of Black, Latino, or Colored communities are subject to a skewed criminal justice system that compels them to develop survival tactics. Gendered violence, therefore, develops as a mechanism to dominate a society that is deemed unfair to male individuals from poor and middle-level backgrounds.
Rafa, a young man who has witnessed this form of violence, said that police point guns and even try to kill the youths. He says that the action of the police is an attempt to prove that they are manly. He continues to say that the police would be overpowered by the youths if they did not have the guns and jails (Rios, 2009, p 157). It is explicit from the example that gendered violence is informed by the responses of youths who feel discriminated and intimidated by the police as well as by the entire justice system. It is simply a form of retaliatory attack. As a result, they engage in activities aimed at exhibiting their masculinity, which sometimes could be extreme leading hyper-masculinity tendencies.
Rios, V. M. (2009). The consequences of the criminal justice pipeline on black and Latino masculinity. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 623(1), 150-162.