Terrorism in the Home

Claudia Card

in The Atrocity Paradigm

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145083
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833115 | DOI:
 Terrorism in the Home

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Against activists who advocate extending marriage to same‐sex couples, this chapter supports skepticism regarding the very institutions of marriage and motherhood by arguing that these institutions facilitate the evils of terrorism in the home, just as the institution of slavery facilitates the evil of torture. Insofar as marriage and motherhood shelter and enable domestic violence and child abuse, granting abusers enforceable intimate access to victims and extensive control over information about victims, thereby making abuse difficult to prove (or even detect) and placing obstacles in the way of holding perpetrators accountable, these institutions are themselves evils. More flexible intimate partnerships and more communal or distributed forms of childrearing, such as the distributed care envisioned by Bell Hooks and Eva Feder Kittay, might be improvements over current mainstream institutions of marriage and motherhood.

Keywords: Bell Hooks; child abuse; communal childrearing; distributed care; domestic violence; Eva Feder Kittay; marriage; motherhood; same‐sex marriage

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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