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The Good Wife Works – Women write of encounters with abusive men






“Many men in our culture never recover from childhood unkindnesses.” — bell hooks (born 09/25/52 as Gloria Watkins)


The books of Pearl Cleage and Rosie Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life (N.Y.: Crown Archetype, 2014) can be of interest to our readers. Cleage’s father, Reverend Albert Cleage (1911-2000,) was a Detroit minister who knew Malcolm X.

June Jordan (1936-2002) also remembers Malcolm X at Temple Number Seven Restaurant, headquarters of Malcolm X. She wrote, “He was devastatingly hilarious, at will, steadily to the point, and gallantly respectful without exception. He was so clean, his hair cut so short, his suit so plain: it was an austerity, a focus of purposive being.”

Cleage worked with Richard Pryor (1940-2005) as a writer on his films and with former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson (1938-2003) on his mayoral campaigns. In her most recent book Things I Should Have Told My Daughter (N.Y., Atria Books, 2014), Cleage (b. 12/07/48) feels her feminist stance as strong and as important as her civil activism. Continue Reading →

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Men should not tolerate abuse either — of any kind

There are forms of domestic abuse other than being beaten. And women are, by no means, the only victims of emotional and mental abuse. When they pull that old line about “I really appreciate a guy who is sensitive and thoughtful” and so on and so forth, what it often translates into is, “I want somebody I can torture. Somebody vulnerable enough at heart with an open enough mind to put up with me while I dump all over him.”




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Abuse of men draws little sympathy or funding for services



Increasingly, perception of domestic abuse broadens. It now includes abuse against men, abuse in same-gender relationships and more. This renders the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (DAHMW) a forward-thinking informational and support resource. The Maine-based nonprofit says in its mission statement, “[We provide] crisis intervention and support services to victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and their families in order to help survivors recover from the trauma. We work toward the elimination of IPV by increasing public awareness and decreasing tolerance of IPV through community collaboration and education. Continue Reading →

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