Erin Patria Margaret Pizzey (born 19 February 1939) is an English family care activist and a novelist. She became internationally famous for having started one of the first women’s refuges (called women’s shelters in the U.S.) in the modern world, Chiswick Women’s Aid, in 1971, the organisation known today as Refuge. Pizzey has been the subject of death threats and boycotts because of her stance that most domestic violence is reciprocal, and that women are equally as capable of violence as men.
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I wondered if what I had read was true.
By RFI on August 16, 2009
I had been reading about Pizzey’s role in the development of women’s shelters when I came across this:
“There is some reason to believe that “Prone to Violence” has been the target of a campaign of suppression by PC feminists. According to the web site Wikepedia, in 1996 an internet search of the world libraries that can be accessed through the Library of Congress uncovered only 13 listings for the book: an astonishingly low number for a pioneering work that caused a sensation.
Why would PC feminists nearly riot over a book and, then, ignore it?
Because Pizzey advanced a competing theory of domestic violence.”
I wondered if it were true so I logged on to Amazon. If I found a decent number of reviews, I would assume overstatement on the part of the article. Much to my surprise, there were zero reviews. So now I am suspicious.
I found this disturbing as well:
“Pizzey’s ‘mistake’ was to diverge from the theory of domestic violence that feminists at the time insisted dominate all discussion. She believed that men could also be the victims of domestic violence, and that women could be as violent toward their partners as men.
Pizzey’s views put her on a collision course with PC feminists who, according to Pizzey’s own published account of events, initiated a campaign of harassment and violence against her.
Pizzey described this harassment in an article she published in the Scotsman in 1999.
‘Because of my opposition to the hijacking of the refuge movement, I was a target for abuse. Anywhere I spoke there was a contingent of screaming, heckling feminists waiting for me,” Pizzey wrote. “Abusive telephone calls to my home, death threats and bomb scares, became a way of living for me and for my family. Finally, the bomb squad, asked me to have all my mail delivered to their head quarters.’
One night, the family dog was killed.”
I was taught in high school that men oppress women. How sad to learn the reality that it is frequently other women who take on that role.