I am a bull! The construction of masculinity in a group of men perpetrators of violence against women in Spain

Adriano Beiras, Leonor M. Cantera, Roberta de Alencar-Rodrigues

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    Abstract

    The relationship between violence and masculinity warrants special attention in intervention work with men who inflict violence against their partners. In this article we sought to explore this connection drawing upon the metaphor of 'being like a bull' used by a member of a group of men held in Spain. We reflected on the patriarchal system that legitimises the constant proof expected of the 'bull', of its masculinity in an 'arena' made up of an audience of spectators who reflect the traditional male image. In conclusion, we highlighted the importance of psychosocial interventions in this sector with a more committed political/policy and gender perspective, focusing on cultural and macro-social aspects in interventions with those who inflict violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1525-1538
    JournalUniversitas Psychologica
    Volume14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

    Keywords

    • Bull
    • Domination
    • Intervention
    • Masculinity
    • Subjectivity
    • Violence

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