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History of Communism in Europe

Volume 8, 2017

The Other Half of Communism: Women's Outlook

Luciana M. Jinga
Pages 63-86
DOI: 10.5840/hce201784

Comrade First, Baba Second
State Violence against Women in Communist Romania

The paper focuses on the manifestations of structural and symbolic violence against women during the communist regime by addressing the most important mechanisms and embedded beliefs that allowed the proliferation of spousal violence in communist Romania, in what I see as a continuation of the interwar patriarchal state, and a bridge to the new discriminatory policies developed by the democratic structures, after 1990.