Slavoj Zizek seems to have a thing about violence.
"There is not a single "violence" but three, argues Slavoj Žižek. As well as physical violence, there exist a "symbolic violence" of language, and a "systemic violence" entailed by "the smooth functioning of our economic and political systems".
"Systemic violence" seems to mean something like injustice or exploitation.
What else has Slavoj Zizek have to say on violence?
Let me briefly address sexual harassment for a moment. Of course I am opposed to it, but let's be frank. Say I am passionately attached, in love, or whatever, to another human being and I declare my love, my passion for him or her. There is always something shocking, violent in it. This may sound like a joke, but it isn't - you cannot do the game of erotic seduction in politically correct terms. There is a moment of violence, when you say: 'I love you, I want you.' In no way can you bypass this violent aspect. So I even think that the fear of sexual harassment in a way includes this aspect, a fear of a too violent, too open encounter with another human being.
Violence in the above means "passion" or "strong emotion" as in Yeats.
You that Mitchel's prayer have heard,
'Send war in our time, O Lord!'
Know that when all words are said
And a man is fighting mad,
Something drops from eyes long blind,
He completes his partial mind,
For an instant stands at ease,
Laughs aloud, his heart at peace.
Even the wisest man grows tense
With some sort of violence
Before he can accomplish fate,
Know his work or choose his mate.
Even Jane Austen's characters were allowed their violent passions.
I have a vague memory of Neil Kinnock taking Margaret Thatcher to task because she had denounced violence from - miners' pickets? IRA? What about the violence of poverty and deprivation and unemployment and despair, said Kinnock. A reasonable point, and using the rhetoric of taking what she had meant literally (violence of throwing bricks) and then equating it with the metaphorical (unemployment). Neil Kinnock meant that poverty and unemployment are great evils as is violence. And I don't know if Zizek means anything more than that - that misused language (symbolic violence) and social and economic injustice (systemic violence) are all bad things, like what we commonly call "violence" (people kicking each other). I assume his book is about their interaction.
However finding out if he meant more than that means reading his book and I can't see myself doing that.
(No printed matter was hurt in the writing of the above post.)