not exactly the horse capital of the US
Gary Foley, Aboriginal rights activist, Australia
As a country we ought to be concerned about the level or the tolerance of violence that exists in our communities that is contributing to all kinds of crimes but particularly crimes against women.”
Although the vast majority of Australian men are not perpetrators of violence against women, Ms Nancarrow says some men participate in a culture of hyper-masculinity where they feel the need to exert their power – sometimes by violent means.
“You need to look at cultural links, the very broad culture in Australia of continuing acceptance of male superiority and women being objectified, men feeling like they have an almost right to assert authority over women.”
One of the real challenges in breaking those cultural barriers is encouraging women to report incidents of sexual and physical assault. The dilemma many women face is the lack of support or witnesses that are able to back up their claims.
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Kiki Smith - Lilith, 1994 - Bronze, silicon, and glass.
"In medieval Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. When she demanded to be Adam’s equal, she was evicted from the Garden of Eden. Lilith flew away to the demon world, replaced by the more submissive Eve. Smith catches us off guard with Lilith’s pose and placement. Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing brown eyes, ready to pounce."