How Patriarchy Facilitates Child Abuse Introduction Sociologists have recently called attention to the connection between patriarchy and child abuse, a connection that holds across barriers of country, class, and race ( Gelles 1985). In this essay, I will explain and interpret this connection further, relying upon sociological literature and also drawing upon aspects of biological theory. My conclusion is that, even though there is a strong argument for a biological connection between patriarchy and child abuse in humans, social arrangements trump biology in this case. Female-centered societies and social segments past and present have created forms of cultural logic that have dulled the connection between patriarchy and child abuse....The end:
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