Essay by snowking25University, Bachelor'sA+, April 2004

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Violence and rape against women has been imbedded in this culture for hundreds of years. The view of this patriarchal society transcends a picture that portrays women as submissive beings. Constantly threatened and harmed by the acts of violence and rape that are culture undoubtedly minimizes as ok. The poem directly portrays exactly what many women fear, and/or experience on a daily basis. Women are beaten, raped, molested, and harmed by strangers, loved ones, fathers, brothers, boyfriends, uncles, and even friends. With that, no matter who you are, where you are, women are surrounded by not only victims of these acts, but the predators of them. Because of this, women live a life of fear. No matter where they go, or what they do, the threat of rape or violence is always in the back of their head. "I may not shut my door fast enuf/ push hard enuf", no matter how hard women try, they will never escape the fear or anxiety of a serious problem in America.

"Every three minutes a woman is beaten" by her husband, maybe her boyfriend, or possibly her own father. What ever the case may be, it's serious. Women face this problem in our world on a daily basis. Although it's sad how this culture tries to minimize the pain and oppressiveness women experience by abuse. Minimizing abuse of women dates back to the "rule of thumb", you couldn't beat your wife with nothing wider than the width of your thumb. Even in some religions conceptualization of abuse is justified. Take a passage from the Koran for example:

Men have authority over women because Allah has mad one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has...