Dead Jones, Ann. 2000 . Next Term Paper

Length: 8 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Sports - Women Type: Term Paper Paper: #68446367 Related Topics: Abusive Relationships, Workplace Bullying, Violence Against Women, Workplace Violence
Excerpt from Term Paper :

" Media can also learn and report on what happens to men convicted of domestic assault, what local schools are doing about battered women and domestic violence, and what grants might be available from the federal Violence Against Women Act.

The help for women - in the context of educating people on the issues whether they come into contact with domestic assault or not - should also be planned for and provided in the workplace, Jones write on pages 240-242. Employers can and should sponsor workshops and seminars about violence in the home, and also they should be encouraged to make donations to local shelters or other groups that support women who have been abused.

FIVE: Critique of the book. This is an effective book in terms of its overall tone and theme and the factual, investigative narrative strategy. Its blunt, sometimes shocking stories of abuse and injustice done to women cry out for sympathy and empathy. Perhaps it was designed to be a shocking book for more than one reason (books that are provocative tend to get more notice, and an "in your face" with facts kind of book gets positive critiques), but whatever her purpose in presenting the gruesome cases she does a masterful job of keeping the attention of the reader. But there are instances when her narrative is on the seamy side. For example, her referencing of the book the New Joy of Sex: The gourmet Guide to Lovemaking for the Nineties (by Alex Comfort) drifts down into the gutter. Comfort writes that there is a "need" for "some degree of violence in sex" as opposed to the "pretty normal sex" (Jones, 108). The author of the sex book insists that women "dig" an "extra sensation of violence and/or helplessness" like being tied up and having men be violent with them.

But while that is clearly an unsavory aspect of love making, it's just one book and Jones does not offer any data as to how many women actually enjoy being put in restraints and having men be violent during intercourse. She brings psychologists into the discussion of violence during sex, saying (Jones, 108) that they tout "the beneficial effects of aggression." If a little violence along with sex is good for couples, Jones writes, "then unalloyed aggression must be positively therapeutic." Then she does what she has a habit of doing too often in this book: she makes a sweeping generalization about psychologists in reference to violence as part of the sexual culture. "A whole school of psychology said it was so," she write on 108.

There are instances where Jones goes on an unprofessional stereotyping spree without an apparent reason. She finds passages from books that back up her thesis that there is a built-in sense of misogyny in the justice system and in much of the male side of society. Some of those are valid and powerful. Some are not. Like the passage from author and "sexologist" Van de Velde's book Ideal Marriage: What men and women - "driven by primitive urges" - hope to feel during sex is "...the essential force of maleness, which expresses itself in a sort of violent and absolute possession of the women."

Van de Velde's quote is taken further by Jones: "So both of them can and do exult in a certain degree of male aggression and dominance." Van de Velde quotes from the "eminent British sexologist Havelock Ellis" (Jones' quote, 107) that "...a certain pleasure in manifesting his

...

Jones can't resist taking Ellis' words even further as he offers that in any event the "...normal manifestations of woman's sexual pleasure are exceedingly like those of pain."

Jones also makes generalizations that are very weak, and that lessen the impact of her otherwise valid points. For example, on page 107 she declares "Throughout history, men have had things their way, thanks in large part to their strategic use of coercion and violence." That is an across-the-board attack - impossible to back it up - but Jones doesn't have to.

SIX: The authoritative thinking of the book and her assumptions. Jones does in fact offer many facts and situations and theories that are mainstream and valid. But she assumes that because certain attitudes are out there, and controversial books support the abuse of women, that this explains the societal bias in favor of men and against women. A man has a right to control women in Muslim cultures, but not in Western culture; and yet men do get away with behaving in violent, irrational ways. But by dipping too often into clips from weird books, and by using generalizations and stereotypes, Jones, in the view of this paper, loses some of her authority. She's clearly an angry person, and her rage has weakened her argument somewhat.

SEVEN: What did I learn? The facts of violence against women are there for anyone to research, but Jones has done the work for us, and for that an alert reader is grateful. Despite some of the generalizations and cheap use of quotes to make her point, Jones brings to light the terrible situations women have found themselves in. The most compelling injustice against women, beyond the abusive relationships, is the failure of courts and law enforcement to provide the protection and the ultimate justice that is called for in many cases.

EIGHT: What questions would I ask Jones? I would ask her why she didn't go to her high school or grammar school counselors and report that she had been sexually and physically abused by an alcoholic father. Hindsight is 20-20 they say, but it is a valid question. Those beatings and those molestations could have been reported to authorities; after all, she ran out of the house screaming so the neighbors would hear, why couldn't she have reported these violent violations of her person dignity to the authorities?

NINE: A favorite quote from the book - that might have meaning for many people who otherwise might not have read this book. On page 186, Jones is writing about psychological harm done to women. "Put brainwashing in the context of an intimate relationship where traumatic bonding is likely to occur, add physical violence, sexual coercion, sexual abuse, and drugs - and the subject's world rapidly collapses inward." As a result of all those things being done to her by a controlling person, Jones goes on, she "restricts her movements, censors her thoughts, silences her opinions to match the demands of her increasingly powerful controller... [and] she is captive." How terrifying and how unconscionable this type of behavior really is.

TEN: Thoughts and feelings reading the book. I was horrified at the way the system of so-called "justice" was AWOL for so many women who had been beaten, slapped, stabbed, and otherwise abused in inhuman ways. I hope that with a new and progressive leader in the White House, Barack Obama (I'm assuming he will be elected), he can use the bully pulpit of the presidency to encourage families to love their children and each other, and if they can't, to seek help. The president can urge communities and states to provide education and training to citizens and to professionals regarding domestic violence. Having a president raise the consciousness of the nation regarding…

Cite this Document:

"Dead Jones Ann 2000 Next" (2008, June 04) Retrieved November 29, 2021, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/dead-jones-ann-2000-next-29485

"Dead Jones Ann 2000 Next" 04 June 2008. Web.29 November. 2021. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/dead-jones-ann-2000-next-29485>

"Dead Jones Ann 2000 Next", 04 June 2008, Accessed.29 November. 2021,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/dead-jones-ann-2000-next-29485

Related Documents
Jesus' Teachings, Prayer, & Christian Life He
Words: 35411 Length: 109 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 95862373

Jesus' Teachings, Prayer, & Christian Life "He (Jesus) Took the Bread. Giving Thanks Broke it. And gave it to his Disciples, saying, 'This is my Body, which is given to you.'" At Elevation time, during Catholic Mass, the priest establishes a mandate for Christian Living. Historically, at the Last Supper, Christ used bread and wine as a supreme metaphor for the rest of our lives. Jesus was in turmoil. He was

Effect of Forgiveness on Health
Words: 28998 Length: 105 Pages Topic: Disease Paper #: 36968622

Forgiveness on human health. In its simplest form, the purpose of the study is to evaluate human psychological stress that might constitute a risk factor for heart disease. Further, the study will also evaluate the impact of forgiveness on heart disease. However, such a simple dissertation clearly demands further definition. What, exactly, do we signify when we speak of heart disease? What is properly considered as forgiveness? What impact does

Fault: An Alternative to the Current Tort-Based
Words: 30263 Length: 110 Pages Topic: Healthcare Paper #: 86754711

Fault: An Alternative to the Current Tort-Based System in England and Wales The United Kingdom statistics regarding claims THE NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM OBSTACLES TO DUE PROCESS THE CASE FOR REFORM THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THE RISING COST OF LITIGATION LORD WOOLF'S REFORMS MORE COST CONTROLS THE UNITED STATES PAUL'S PULLOUT THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY TORT REFORM IN AMERICA FLEEING PHYSICIANS STATISTICS FOR ERROR, INJURY AND DEATH THE CALL FOR REFORM IN 2003: A FAMILIAR REFRAIN THE UNITED STATES SITUATION, IN SUMMARY NEW ZEALAND CASE STUDIES THE SWEDISH SCHEME COMPARISON: WHICH SYSTEM IS

Forest Fire Management Systems and
Words: 17324 Length: 63 Pages Topic: Business - Management Paper #: 50516012

It was then important to see the degree at which technology and training played a role in combating each fire. 1.2.4.Rationale of the Study What is that can be gained from this study? The reasoning behind such a study is born out of a need to provide better training for fire fighters so that fire management systems will improve and reduce the amount of loss due to the fire. By studying

Toni Morrison What Meanings Can Be Attributed
Words: 4985 Length: 15 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 60434934

Toni Morrison What meanings can be attributed to the literary accomplishments of American author Toni Morrison? How does Morrison use history to portray her stories and her characters? How did Morrison become known as one of the premier African-American authors in America? This paper delves into those issues and others relevant to the writing of Toni Morrison. What meanings are attributed to the works of Toni Morrison? Critic Marilyn Sanders Mobley -- in

Black Church the Redemptive Role
Words: 16899 Length: 50 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 2523902

It will use historical evidence to examine the role of the church is a spiritual entity. It will examine the role of the church as a political entity throughout changing political landscapes. It will explore the role of the church as a social service provider with regards to the importance of this role in helping black people to redeem themselves in light of historical cultural atrocities that they have