Women with In-Home technology Reject Wife Beating as a Norm

Women with in-home technology are less likely to listen to the justification for wife beating.

Women with In-home technology Reject Wife Beating as a Norm
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Technology has a major impact on the world within the last several decades. Similarly, it affects attitudes in many obvious ways. In other words, it is becoming a dominant factor in how individuals function and accomplish daily tasks.

According to a new research by the University of Pennsylvania, it also affects attitudes about gender roles and violence against women. Scientists found that women with in-home technology speak frankly on harassment culture. They are more likely to reject wife-beating as an acceptable norm.

Scientists collected the data from the United Nations Children’s Fund. Almost 20 countries and above 130,000 15 to 49-year-old young girls and women were involved.

Scientists asked them about two topics only by controlling the wealth of each household and country as well: 1. Is a husband justified in hitting or beating his wife if she goes out without telling him, neglects the children, argues with him, refuses to have sex, or burns the food?
2. Does a household own information and communication technologies?

They found that women with in-home technology are less likely to listen to the justification for wife beating. They also more likely to reject those justifications.

Lauren Ferreira Cardoso, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate said, “We imagined that access to information, access to new ways of understanding gender roles, could have a positive impact on the experience or norms around violence against women. That’s where we started.”

“We went in thinking that this relationship might exist. And, it was true.”

The aim of the study is just to move beyond direct interventions. Scientists believe that it can help solve a problem like intimate partner violence by educating school children to treat women better.

The results strengthen the need to continue prioritizing women’s contact with and ownership of technology.

Susan B. Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice said, “There is something about the access to information, being exposed to different ways of life. It may help society move toward more positive ways of men relating to women and women relating to men.”