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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:  23 hatred, contempt, pleasure, or a sense of ownership of women. Widespread male identification with killers demonstrates how rooted femicide is in sexist culture. For example, Don Pedro, teacher of another program of values and a retired primary and secondary school teacher stated to me. “They [working-class women] go out to work and go to dance and to the hotel. They have different partners. In the very maquiladora women are told, “you have done a very good job, we congratulate you, you deserve to relax, enjoy a very good atmosphere. And so they may not have a house, but only a two-bedroom shake and they go to dance and they become irresponsible in that sense. They leave their family. The work of women has made them being more daring. They forget about religion, they forget about their parents, they forget about themselves. They do not have moral authority.” The myth of maquiladora young female workers as “chronically promiscuous” is inseparable from the myth of the working class man as a rapist, for it working classmen are invested with animal like sexual urges. Since maquiladora workers are viewed as “loose women” and whores they are not considered legitimate victims of sexual violence. Don Pedro, confided to me “Here in the border women think that they have the freedom to do as the women from the United States. They go out there and live on their own and carry out their lives as if they did not have parents. So the ideal woman is the one that has to prepare herself in case the men abandons her. Unfortunately women have taken this as a permission to engage in libertinage. The stigmatization of working class women is a prevalent form of violence against them. Analysis of social control at the microscopic level should provide an apparent opportunity to understand deviance and social control of the body. The body is being used to legitimate social inequality. The body has played an important role in the construction of gender, the embodiment of culture and class and the reproduction of social inequality (Bordo, 1989;

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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hatred, contempt, pleasure, or a sense of ownership of women. Widespread male
identification with killers demonstrates how rooted femicide is in sexist culture. For
example, Don Pedro, teacher of another program of values and a retired primary and
secondary school teacher stated to me.
“They [working-class women] go out to work and go to dance and
to the hotel. They have different partners. In the very maquiladora
women are told, “you have done a very good job, we congratulate you,
you deserve to relax, enjoy a very good atmosphere. And so they may
not have a house, but only a two-bedroom shake and they go to dance
and they become irresponsible in that sense. They leave their family.
The work of women has made them being more daring. They forget
about religion, they forget about their parents, they forget about themselves.
They do not have moral authority.”
The myth of maquiladora young female workers as “chronically promiscuous” is
inseparable from the myth of the working class man as a rapist, for it working classmen
are invested with animal like sexual urges. Since maquiladora workers are viewed as
“loose women” and whores they are not considered legitimate victims of sexual violence.
Don Pedro, confided to me
“Here in the border women think that they have the freedom to do
as the women from the United States. They go out there and live on
their own and carry out their lives as if they did not have parents.
So the ideal woman is the one that has to prepare herself in case the
men abandons her. Unfortunately women have taken this as a
permission to engage in libertinage.
The stigmatization of working class women is a prevalent form of violence against them.
Analysis of social control at the microscopic level should provide an apparent opportunity
to understand deviance and social control of the body. The body is being used to
legitimate social inequality.
The body has played an important role in the construction of gender, the
embodiment of culture and class and the reproduction of social inequality (Bordo, 1989;


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