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another_i wrote

While this is all well and good, doesn't it just make the case for an authority and an institution?

Disclaimer: I read the headline only


ziq OP wrote (edited )

no, not really. if the woman owns the residence (personal property) and can kick the man out if he's abusive, the man has a lot of incentive to behave.

at least that's how it's always worked here. the woman owns the house and the man lives there at her discretion. my grandmother used to make my grandfather leave for days if he yelled at her


celebratedrecluse wrote

Sure, and i support this, but I think their point was that private property ownership is a form of authority that requires an institution to be enforced (markets, courts, police)

I mean, one can envision a circumstance where, not fearing these authorities due to his perception of the weakness of their circumstance, a badly behaved man remains.

Moreover, since these studies are usually aimed at some kind of material goal (science always is), the goal in this case appears to be to protect women through "creating" (really, reinforcing prexisting colonial version of) these institutional relationships. Which, for many anarchists, may be as troubling as it is good news.


celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

Of course, there are always possible anarchist responses to scientific knowledge, ones that take into account the material reality but do not allow unquestioned dominance to the prima facie of the study's context or conclusions.

Qed, in that case, anarchists can apply this understanding of the normalization of a women's capacity to remain, and seek to spread these norms where possible. Thus, instead of relying on institutional police forces, or market relationships and statuses, it is possible to lean on spontaneous or otherwise immanent defense tactics and popular will to use them. Perhaps instead of the police, the man fears a well-connected woman's ability to call on her friends. If most all of the women have a women's union or affinity group or something to call on, which are known to defend women in difficult positions, then the women get threatened less. This study is just evidence of this general process of women having social power protecting women in general-- which I apply here to an anarchist framing-- working actively to produce results in the current capitalist world we have.

This is why, for example, patriarchy thrive best in isolated family environments, and in neighborhoods where few if any know or talk to each other. The dependence on state and capital, on markets, on police, all enables patriarchy to reproduce more easily.

By contrast, well-connected rhizomes of friendship among not-men are the places it suffers worst, seeks to destroy, and avoid at all costs.