Pre-thinking:

Steiner speaks about her then husband and his physical and mental abuse of her and answers the question of why the abused don’t leave. Her description of how the victims are left isolated, alone and afraid shows there is a system to the abusers’ methods.

Why you should listen:

Leslie Morgan Steiner is the author of Crazy Love, a memoir about her marriage to a man who routinely abused and threatened her. In it she describes the harrowing details that unfolded unexpectedly — from the moment she met a warm, loving, infatuated man on the subway, to the moment he first laid a hand on her, when he grabbed her neck just days before their wedding. Steiner also edited Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families, a collection of essays by women struggling to balance motherhood and their careers.

Who is she:

Steiner received her MBA in marketing from Wharton School of Business and worked in marketing for Johnson & Johnson before transitioning to writing, as General Manager of the Washington Post Magazine. Steiner writes a weekly column called “Two Cents on Modern Motherhood”, for the website Mommy Track’d, and she has just finished her third book, on the effect of fertility treatments on modern motherhood.

Questions:

  1. What was Steiner’s experience in her first marriage?
  1. She is remarried and has children. How does she describe the process of leaving her abuser and learning to trust again?
  1. What excuses did she make to herself for his behavior?
  1. What was the type of abuse?
  1. How did she finally leave?
  1. What does social psychology tell us about spousal abuse as a behavior?

Why domestic violence victims don’t leave with Leslie Morgan Steiner

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