Everyday Victim Blaming

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Institutionalised “Domestic” Abuse

Today, this tweet came down my timeline - apparently the woman involved lost an eye in the beating as well as her benefits.

Yesterday, this post came down my tumblr timeline: http://wildwalkerwoman.tumblr.com/post/82311248574/theskaldspeaks-sourcedumal

Despite being over 40 years old, Johnnie Tillmon's words ring as true today as they did then:

"Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right."

If anyone has a problem with the title of this submission, let them explain how the DWP sanctioning an abused woman under the circumstances described in the tweet isn't institutionalised gross domestic abuse imposed by government.

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