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Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

Created: 07/11/18

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davinamw

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Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

The novel deals with various forms of violence, almost all of which is inflicted by men, both in physical abuse of other men, and sexual abuse of women. Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about these two forms of violence?


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annl

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

No. It is all about power; or overcoming their own shortcomings. As history progresses, the same things happen, the players and situations change with the times.


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dorothyh

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

I did not notice a difference, abuse is abuse.


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teacher reader

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

Did the person who raised this question notice a difference? I am curious to know if I missed it, possibly because of the way I view physical violence toward different genders.


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melanieb

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

The male/male violence is more overt and physically brutal. The male/ female sexual abuse is intimidating and more emotionally devastating.


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JLPen77

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

We get more “action” detail with the male on male violence, that’s my impression anyway; with the sexual abuse, it is more vague physically, visually, and more about the emotional response... as if Nan and Ketty did not want to dwell on the details. They wanted to compartmentalize, in a natural pattern of abuse victims, I understand. I didn’t need more details. I think most readers, especially women, can fill them in.


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taking.mytime

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RE: Is there a stylistic difference in the way Henderson writes about the physical violence men inflict on other men and the sexual abuse they inflict on women?

Violence is violence. However, with that said, it is not unusual for male on male violence to be more brutal, be described more physically and often accomplished in a crowd. Male on female violence is more subdued, a more private situation, more often one on one, more emotional. less detail given.


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