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Sheltering WomenNegotiating Gender and Violence in Northern Italy$
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Sonja Plesset

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753012

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753012.001.0001

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Gender Proficiencies

Gender Proficiencies

(p.134) Chapter 5 Gender Proficiencies
Sheltering Women
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This chapter considers a man's point of view with regard to women engaging in a new way of interpreting and imagining the world, thus sacrificing their relationships with men. It identifies the problems that men have experienced since the 1970s, which was a period of social changes, such as the transformations brought about by the feminist movement. This chapter also examines why men hit their wives (i.e. intimate partner violence) and reflects on men's jealousy and insecurity. It identifies the contradictions in the state's understanding of gender and gender proficiency, analyzes the “girl in jeans” case, and reveals more about how the legal system in Italy handles cases of violence. This chapter also studies a case where a wife was charged supposedly due to neglect of her duties, discusses crimes of maltreatment, lists the various realizations and adjustments of newly married Italian couples, and looks at the link between the state and feminist politics.

Keywords:   social changes, feminist movement, jealousy, insecurity, gender proficiency, girl in jeans case, violence, legal system, maltreatment

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