Violence in the Schoolyard: School Girls' Use of Violence

Sibylle Artz, University of Victoria

Much of the behaviour by girls which is classified as 'violent' takes place at school. Reporting on a school-based violence prevention programme, this paper notes the greater receptivity of girls to such programmes and reinforces arguments that girls' violence emerges from experiences that are different from those of boys and that girls set their own violent behaviour in a context of moral judgements. Girls who utilise physical and verbal violence have a disproportionate experience of violence in their own lives and view themselves through the 'hegemonic male gaze', internalising male expectations of women and judging their own worth by male standards.

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