Archive for VAW

The cradle of patriarchy

This is the second of four posts taken from the ancient history section of my thesis. This section is about the development of the acceptability of violence to enforce sexual mores.

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman
Part four: The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

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A history of ‘honour’

This is another, far longer section of writing which was removed from my thesis after the advice of the examiners. It’s kind of a history of how ‘honour’-based violence may have developed in Mesopotamia.

This will be the first of four posts:

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman
Part four: The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

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Five minutes podcast: HBV and cousin marriage

I’m a nervous speaker so I like to record everything I plan to say. Anyway, I have just five minutes to present to a research group tomorrow, so here is my prep.

Lucretia’s Example

I recently had my viva and, woo, I’m kind of a Dr now. But the examiners insisted that various bits and pieces be removed from the thesis. I do tend to go on. So that these are not lost to the ages, I figured I would pop them up here. Recycling: not just for my wine bottles! I’ve illustrated it with a lot of pictures of Lucretia: the repeated combinations of bare breasts and violent penetration feels pretty squicky.

In the interests of demonstrating the validity of considering crimes from such variant cultures as being connected to a similar paradigm, this appendix is a brief history of HBV in Italy. Read more

World Woman

I wrote a press release about working on World Woman with Deeyah. And Cardiff published it!

Oslo conference co-organised by Cardiff student tackles gender, violence and freedom of expression

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