We should have no qualms about confessing that issues pertaining to women are consigned to oblivion in our society. Often these issues are subjected to bigotry disguised as patriarchy. It's true that each productive step towards gender equality is met with stronger measures to undermine it. For example, domestic violence has never been treated as a real issue in our society (a recent bill that would have legally recognised domestic violence as a crime was passed over by the Senate). As absurd as it may sound, most public condemnations against domestic violence are silenced by victims' family members, increasing pressure on women to stay in unhappy and violent relationships. Even the most holier-than-thou, moral people make an exemption for battering. But should women passively put up with all sorts of misery?
Domestic violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors, it stays concealed, but escalates. It is protected by silence – everyone's silence. As a silent witness to misery, we share the blame. And if we remain ignorant about the prevalence of domestic abuse, it amounts to condoning violence.
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