Nothing is as practical as good theory. Professor Berit developed the theory of the master suppression techniques, thus making a tool women (and others) can use to identify what goes on when they are not listened to, when they are overlooked or ignored. Maybe it is not that you make a poor argument or fail to present a case properly. It may not have anything to do with the individual, but with the group membership you are given by others, like your gender. To identify the master suppression techniques is to make them visible and thereby neutralise their effect. Immensely practical, as well as useful.
The five master suppression techniques that Berit identified are:
- Making Invisible
- Withholding Information
- Damned If You Do And Damned If You Don’t
- Heaping Blame and Putting to Shame
In theory, techniques like these may be used on all suppressed groups. However, Berit believes that they are used in specific combinations and situations in regards to women, due to the patriarchial society’s definition of women as objects or property.
In co-operation with Berit, KILDEN presents these master suppression techniques on the web. More than 20 years have passed since they were identified, written about and discussed for the first time, but they are still valid. To have knowledge of the master suppression techniques means that you too can reveal and reduce their effect.
Click below to READ MORE specific details about these Master Suppression Techniques. Dan, my ex-abuser, either consciously or unconsciously used these against me almost constantly, particularly ridiculing and blaming.