Is He In Danger? Part II
In recent times we have noticed an increase in the public reports of women experiencing domestic violence Jamaica.There are groups like the Tambourine Army that have surfaced to speak out against this violence. However can men not be affected by gender-based violence?It should be seriously considered if a man can be raped or assaulted whether the perpetrator is male or female.To gain an understanding I have done a little research, however, I noticed that information on male rape is scarce and this lead to me creating a piece that could relay what I have learned.This creation takes the form of a three-part podcast called “Is He in Danger?”Each part focuses on a different aspect which in turns leads the discussion into another realm. At the time of this creation, I was a student at The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Persons are always talking about gender based violence and basically it should be defined as violence targeting men and women because of their sex. However everywhere we look we see that it has become synonymous with violence against women.
Here in part 2 of “Is He in Danger?” we talk about how society views gender and masculinity.
“In Jamaica, a ‘badman’ is the ultimate heterosexual male: strong, tough, and sexually successful with women.” However a hint of diminished masculinity, by definition of Jamaican society, would put the person at risk of being called a homosexual or a “batty-man.” — Keon West (2010)
We also talk about how these perceptions can affect whether or not men report the abuse.
Credits/ Reference List
Music: “She beat him.” Vocals by Mavado and Produced by Chimney Records
Skit: Ajani Domville and Jamair Johnson
Interviewees: Alyssa Allen,
She is a final year Student at the Norman Manley School of Law, University of the West Indies.
Mr. Jason Ramsay.
He works at the institute of Jamaica that is assigned to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
He did a thesis in 2009 called unlocking the silence: men as victims of domestic abuse at the University of the West Indies.
Sound bites: Dennis O. and Muta Buruka(2012),The Cutting Edge. Irie Fm
West, K. (2010, March 21). Jamaican masculinity: Construction and consequences | Lead … Retrieved October 26, 2016, from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100321/lead/lead9.html