Disrupting Patriarchal Illusio to Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls

Catherine Mackenzie, Jonathon Louth

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We apply a Bourdieusian lens to understand the reproduction of a patriarchal illusio that works to maintain violence-supportive attitudes and concurrent low levels of support for gender equality among young people. We analyze interview and focus group data collected with young women and men and conclude that we must disrupt the reproduction of patriarchal norms by: recognizing the intentional operation of backlash by men's rights activist groups that undermine attempts to transform society; ensuring girls’ and women's safety on new technologies to reduce their exposure to sexism and violence; and introducing prevention early to disrupt misogynist social norms being internalized.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Early online date10 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2023


  • Australia
  • Bourdieu
  • qualitative
  • young people
  • young women


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