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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Juárez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  22 “I feel that there is also…also a kind of sexual liberty that is close to licentiousness or loose-living. But here [Cd. Juárez], I see women’s postures, insinuations… in the way they walk.. they are provoking, that should not happen. I understand that women can go out showing whatever they please and that is their freedom, but the posture of women is provocative, to incite the libido. Why is this [the killings] happening in this city? Well, because young girls migrate to this city, girls who have been under the tutelage of their father or mother, sometimes under a machista tutelage, then they come to Juárez to find employment, they feel liberated, they start attending bars, cafes and that is how that avidity starts to develop, which is also natural, is it not?. I mean that their libido starts being awaked. I mean women [working-class women] are enchanted by all this, sometimes they even seem to enjoy when they are told obscenities.” Unfortunately, there has been a failure to identify the sexual politics of femicide and often the focus is not on the male murderer but rather on the female victim. Femicidal atrocity in Juarez as everywhere, is normalized, explained away as a joke and rendered into standard fantasy fare. For instance, Juana Maria stated to me: “This program is a reaction to the sexual freedom, the libertinage prevailing on the border. I see that women have certain postures, the way they dress. They are provoking men. Young women come to the border, and love men telling obscenities.” A femicidal culture is one in which the male is worshipped. This worship is obtained through tyranny, subtle and overt, over our bruised minds, our battered and dead bodies, and our co-optation into supporting even batterers, rapists, and killers. d.- Individual failure to take care of themselves. The representation of young working women as guilty, as somehow at fault for contributing to their victimization and causing or not protecting themselves from violence, contributes to the false understanding that women who follow socially appropriate behavior protect themselves from male deviance. The rules merely serve to reinforce traditional gender roles and keep women in subordinate positions. Like rape, most murders of women are not the products of some inexplicable deviance. They are femicides, the most extreme form of sexist terrorism, motivated by

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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“I feel that there is also…also a kind of sexual liberty that is close to
licentiousness or loose-living. But here [Cd. Juárez], I see women’s
postures, insinuations… in the way they walk.. they are provoking, that
should not happen. I understand that women can go out showing
whatever they please and that is their freedom, but the posture of women
is provocative, to incite the libido. Why is this [the killings] happening in
this city? Well, because young girls migrate to this city, girls who have
been under the tutelage of their father or mother, sometimes under a
machista tutelage, then they come to Juárez to find employment, they feel
liberated, they start attending bars, cafes and that is how that avidity starts
to develop, which is also natural, is it not?. I mean that their libido starts
being awaked. I mean women [working-class women] are enchanted by
all this, sometimes they even seem to enjoy when they are told obscenities.”

Unfortunately, there has been a failure to identify the sexual politics of femicide
and often the focus is not on the male murderer but rather on the female victim.
Femicidal atrocity in Juarez as everywhere, is normalized, explained away as a joke and
rendered into standard fantasy fare. For instance, Juana Maria stated to me:
“This program is a reaction to the sexual freedom, the libertinage prevailing
on the border. I see that women have certain postures, the way they dress. They
are provoking men. Young women come to the border, and love men telling
obscenities.”
A femicidal culture is one in which the male is worshipped. This worship is
obtained through tyranny, subtle and overt, over our bruised minds, our battered and
dead bodies, and our co-optation into supporting even batterers, rapists, and killers.

d.- Individual failure to take care of themselves.
The representation of young working women as guilty, as somehow at fault for
contributing to their victimization and causing or not protecting themselves from violence,
contributes to the false understanding that women who follow socially appropriate
behavior protect themselves from male deviance. The rules merely serve to reinforce
traditional gender roles and keep women in subordinate positions.
Like rape, most murders of women are not the products of some inexplicable
deviance. They are femicides, the most extreme form of sexist terrorism, motivated by


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