Romancing revenge: violent masculine (anti)heroes and other dangerous objects

Hopkins, Susan (2020) Romancing revenge: violent masculine (anti)heroes and other dangerous objects. Overland, 1 April 2020. ISSN 0030-7416


As I write this, hundreds of mourners in Brisbane, and many more around the world, are remembering the lost lives of the latest victims of horrific gender-based violence in Australia. Domestic violence is perhaps the most common and insidious of all human rights violations in this country, with one Australian woman killed each week by her current or former partner a familiar statistic. In the aftermath of this most recent familicide, the perpetrator was revealed as controlling and obsessive, his resentment morphing into hatred and shocking violence when unable to control access to his former partner and children. The crime has sparked a wider discussion about the cultural underpinnings of domestic violence, and the very real harms that may result from established beliefs about gender and identity. Public focus is also falling on the abject failure of Australia’s political and legal establishment, to deal with this national crisis of gendered violence, alongside the now customary call to action and new ideas for prevention.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 01:04
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 02:56
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440507 Studies of men and masculinities
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified

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