Feminism works in reducing violence against women. Who’d have thought?

A fascinating study that is monumental in its research scope and ambitions is published in the fall American Political Science Review, the flagship scholarly journal for the discipline. Researchers S. Laurel Weldon and Mala Htun have conducted the largest global study on violence against women. They’re interested in progressive policy change, and how it happens.*

The scope of their data is unprecedented. It includes every region of the world, 70 countries, and encompasses 85 percent of the world’s population. The data analysis alone took five years, and the research itself was conducted over four decades.

Out of this herculean research effort, Weldon and Htun conclude that the “mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians” in a country, according to the APSR press release.

The authors found that these vibrant and autonomous feminist movements were the first to articulate the issue of violence against women, mobilize political will against it, and catalyze government action. Other organizations, even those with progressive leanings, tended to sideline issues perceived as being only relevant to women.

Once movements have called public attention to the damage of violence against women—it’s a drain on society, and not just women’s lives—those movements have an “enduring impact through the institutionalization of feminist ideas” about violence.”

6 thoughts on “Feminism works in reducing violence against women. Who’d have thought?

  1. roughseasinthemed August 15, 2016 at 21:33 Reply

    I do so like research that proves the blindingly obvious. Well, obvious to some of us, that is.

    • Francois Tremblay August 16, 2016 at 00:19 Reply

      I look forward to the next study proving that beating dead horses is not useful.

  2. Kendall August 16, 2016 at 01:08 Reply

    Teaching people to not dehumanize other people is good for the world? Who woulda thunk it.

    Dehumanization is the root of all evil. I don’t even think the term dehumanization fits the whole scope of abuse we do against the world thought. It’s something more than that. Things don’t have to be human to have value, maybe if we realized that we would stop fucking up the earth -_-

    • Francois Tremblay August 16, 2016 at 01:12 Reply


      • Kendall August 16, 2016 at 12:26 Reply

        Yes. I have a lovely puppy dog that just so happens to have extreme separation anxiety, people always suggest I just leave him alone or hurt him to get him to stop and not let him “control my life” as though his feelings are unimportant and it makes me despair for dogs that so many people view them that way :(

  3. Francois Tremblay August 16, 2016 at 14:39 Reply

    How dare you value a living thing that’s not human. The only non-human things you should value are Oompa-Loompas running for president and horses that believe in friendship.

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