Exam Essays I
1. Discuss the meaning of breaking the silence in reference to gender violence. Give multiple examples of breaking the silence. What factors create the silence? How can we help to break the silence?
2. Explain the position of Hamby/the web of violence. What might be gained by examining multiple forms of interpersonal violence?
3. Discuss how anti-violence (against women) activists have succeeded?
4. Discuss possible responses of targets/victims to street harassment. Discuss the potential consequences/outcomes of each response type/category. How does this analysis (behavioral analysis) relate to women’s empowerment?
5. Describe/define street harassment. Describe multiple effects/consequences of street harassment on individual women and on women in general.
6. Describe and discuss the #MeToo movement in the US. What precipitated the movement? Discuss the potential of this movement (including #TimesUP) to change/transform gender violence in the US.
7. Describe/define the two forms of sexual harassment of women in the workplace. In what types of employment contexts is sexual harassment more/most likely to occur?
8. How might/should a woman respond to sexual harassment at work?
9. Explain objectification and sexualization. Describe and discuss the role of sexualization/ objectification in the prevalence and persistence of sexual violence.
10. Describe multiple rape myths and discuss the role of rape myths in the prevalence and persistence of sexual assault.
11. Discuss how and why women victims of sexual violence are blamed. Discuss multiple consequences of victim blaming.
12. Discuss the ways that observers/others may react to incidents of violence?
13. Are women on campus (college students) at a higher risk for sexual assault than other women. Discuss what factors contribute to the likelihood that a woman might/will be raped.
14. Discuss some ways that the focus on sexual assault on campus has impacted campuses. Consider including examples from IUP.
15. Discuss how our conceptions of male and female sexuality (and sexual scripts) contribute to rape (rape culture).