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Why Men's Violence Against Women? Why the War on Women's Reproductive Rights?

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) August 27, 2013: In his famous dystopian novel BRAVE NEW WORLD (1935), Aldous Huxley portrays the assembly-line reproduction of the human race in carefully monitored bottles. In this way, future science will liberate women from bearing children and thereby free them up for lives of sex, sex, sex.

 

If and when women no longer bear children, there will probably no longer be any violence against women by men.

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As long as women continue to bear children, men's violence against women will probably continue -- unfortunately. Let me explain why this seems to be the case.

 

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Because women bear children, the mother looms large in the psyches of all children.

 

But male children tend to work to separate themselves psychologically from the powerful and at times seemingly overpowering feminine image in their psyches.

 

 

WALTER J. ONG'S THREE CLAIMS

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In his book FIGHTING FOR LIFE: CONTEST, SEXUALITY, AND CONSCIOUSNESS (Cornell University Press, 1981), the published version of his 1979 Messenger Lectures at Cornell University, Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912-2003), claims that human males have a psychological need to work out and establish a distinctively masculine identity.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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