A re-evaluation of “choice” and being empowered through choice is significant because of how it can be used to excuse abusive behavior.
An abuser can psychologically abuse/train and groom targets into believing that they are “choosing” to be in a commitment where they are treated disrespectfully.
Abusers can and often do groom their victims, not just to be compliant and submissive, but also psychologically gear the abused to think of themselves as consenting to the entire thing.
In this case, a person can be in an abusive relationship, argue that it’s a “consensual choice” while it’s actually the result of psychological abuse, trauma-bonding and stockholm syndrome.
This blog has basically become a fandom blog.
I need to fix this.
Photos of South African women protesting in the streets against the Apartheid government.