Gender Terrorism

I came across the term ‘gender terrorism’ while reading about acid attacks in Bangladesh – it seems like an appropriate name to call it – and other atrocities, based on so many of the forms of torture, injury and murder women and girls face. Here’s the article:

Bangladesh praised for reducing acid attacks

Whether the attacks follow a perceived wrongdoing or are simply the response of a spurned suitor, thousands of women in the South Asian region around Bangladesh have had sulphuric acid sprayed or poured onto their faces, eliminating facial features, causing blindness and fusing skin together, forcing them into a life of health problems and social isolation.

(Sometimes the acid is directed towards their genitals, as well.) 

Do you remember the case of the woman in the US who splashed acid onto her own face in order to get sympathy? It made national news – however, the media failed to take advantage of this time to talk about acid attacks against women (and sometimes men – usually pertaining to land disputes) in the world. The same thing happened when the woman (named Babbat, I believe) cut her husband’s penis – there was more attention over the cutting of this ONE man’s penis than the cutting of millions of girls’ clitorises.

Here’s another article similar in nature to the first:

Set on Fire – New Form of Sexist Violence in Argentina

Victims of femicide in Argentina are stabbed, strangled, shot, drowned, beaten to death — and more recently, set on fire.

In 65 percent of the cases of femicide, the murderer is the woman’s partner or ex-partner. And many of the killings occur after the courts have ordered the partner to leave the home or have issued a restraining order to keep him away from the victim of domestic violence.

Last year “we saw a veritable epidemic of women who ‘accidentally’ caught on fire,” Fabiana Tuñez, who heads La Casa del Encuentro, told IPS, pointing out that the number of cases rose from six in 2009 to 11 in 2010. 

 

 

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