Reading classic books encourages gender-based violence

Scientific evidence platform Hoax Reading classic books encourages gender-based violence
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We often hear people say that reading classic books promotes gender-based violence “because there’s sexism in those stories”. I think it’s a hoax, since many teachers use classic literature to encourage critical thinking through dialog.


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Rocío Abelleira Domínguez

I  personally think that this is a hoax due to the fact that there are so many books (almost all) that encourage gender/based violence, included actual books. Even thought that,  I reckon that this classical books are a part of the humanity and if in the past the relationships were like they described in books this is a fantastic way to teach students  history and to make them realize that type of gender violence was horrible and a thing that still exists nowadays. 

With this lecture of books based on gender violence and complemented with talks or discussions, they will want to stop these attitudes, and they will probably be more conscious about patriarchy society we all live in. This, apart from being the perfect way to teach students the importance of gender equality, will be like a history class about how the social relationships worked in the past. It’s obvious that if we want to change the actual scene of gender inequality we have to know why it exists, and the only explanation of this is located in history.


What’s more, it’s more important to be aware that nowadays people tend to read other types of actual books like Fifty Shades of Grey ” by E.L. James or After ” by Anna Todd, and that it’s probably the way they think love relationships work actually. These books have more influences in children and teenagers than the classical ones, so for this reason, teaching how to be critical about what they read it’s fundamental, so they realize these are relationships based in dominance and violence and not in equality and real love. 

By reading a bit of everything, people know other realities that exist apart from the reality they are used, so all types of books give people a great opportunity to inform themselves about many things that happen around them.

So, the most important part to not being influenced by books or by the stuff we consume is being critical and know how to select and classify the information that arrives to us.

By Rocío Abelleira Domínguez, student URV University.


En mi opinión, esta afirmación no tiene en cuenta las razones por las que existe la violencia de género. Los estudios que se han hecho al respecto listan una serie de causas por las que este tipo de violencia se da en todos los países y va fluctuando en todos independientemente de la literatura clásica. Por otro lado, no hay evidencia científica que relacione de manera directa el leer libros clásicos con este tipo de violencia.
También hay que tener en cuenta que una gran proporción de libros clásicos son críticos con el sistema político, social, económico y cultural y que justamente estas son las causas listadas de esta violencia. Dentro de la causa cultural podrían entrar los libros clásicos, pero, como ya he dicho, primero habría que buscar evidencia en vez de buscar refutación.
Si bien es cierto que muchos de los autores hombres de los libros clásicos han sido categorizados como machistas, eso no quiere decir que sus audiencias de hoy en día necesariamente tengan que estar de acuerdo con los ideales de los autores. Esto sin tener en cuenta que existen autoras de libros clásicos.
De nuevo, actualmente estos libros se leen tanto como para conocer una crítica de la sociedad de la época, eso sin tener en cuenta que muchos ni si quiera tratan temas de género de manera explícita.
El único libro clásico que en mi opinión si que perpetúa la violencia de género es la Biblia ya que pide a sus lectores que sigan su ejemplo.

Por último, y creo que lo más importante, para probar esta afirmación, primero habría que buscar el tipo de personas que leen los libros clásicos, que admitan que ejercen violencia de género y luego compararlo con el tipo de personas que perpetúan la violencia de género, de esa manera se podría relacionar de manera directa o indirecta con la violencia de género o que la desmienta ya que también podría salir una relación inversa.

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