Excluding women's voices from public discussion: Silencing as a form of social control
LE3 .A278 2013
Bachelor of Arts
Women’s right to control their bodies was a central issue of the 2012 elections in the United States. During the election year, women were silenced when they attempted to defend their right to access abortion services and insurance coverage for contraception as they were prevented from participating in both state-level and national debate. While the definition of rape was expanded during the incumbent Obama’s administration, rape culture still persisted and resulted in women being unable to share their experiences with sexual violence. This thesis explores how this silencing of women has occurred at many levels and in many forms, and how silencing is a mechanism for social control.
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