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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:  26 acknowledging, but clearly at stake, is male control of the entire system of economic institutions, the sphere that “counts” the most in a capitalist society. In addition, the prospect of women becoming economically independent threatens to remove one of the key foundations of their individual and collective subordination. Finally, women's incorporation into the paid labor force has threatened the “political economy of sex” in which women are valued as commodities, to be exchanged by men, as Don Pedro pointed out in our conversation: “Here in Juárez, maquiladora women handle themselves as prostitutes because they frequently change couple. Because of the women’s liberation, they work, they have money, they have their car, and they can move…. So you see some who leave their kids locked in their homes .” The threat of women’s liberation seems to be intertwined with a male tendency to experience the very condition of femaleness as threatening. If femaleness itself poses some kind of threat, then it becomes all the more important to keep it under control. g).- Lack of solidarity among middle-class women regarding the genocide of working-class brown women. Middle-class women normally set themselves as an example of good behavior. They assert that as long as women behave they are not in danger of being the target of male violence. Although there is a growing evidence that violence against women takes various forms and has many layers. The classist position above mentioned is detrimental for all women in general, because it totally ignores the growing domestic violence that women across classes are experiencing. Women are more likely to be abused and killed by an intimate partner than by any other perpetrator. There is a strong belief that working class migrant women have the choice of not working and the power to negotiate sexual

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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acknowledging, but clearly at stake, is male control of the entire system of economic
institutions, the sphere that “counts” the most in a capitalist society. In addition, the
prospect of women becoming economically independent threatens to remove one of the
key foundations of their individual and collective subordination. Finally, women's
incorporation into the paid labor force has threatened the “political economy of sex” in
which women are valued as commodities, to be exchanged by men, as Don Pedro
pointed out in our conversation:
“Here in Juárez, maquiladora women handle themselves as prostitutes
because they frequently change couple. Because of the women’s liberation,
they work, they have money, they have their car, and they can move…. So you
see some who leave their kids locked in their homes
.”
The threat of women’s liberation seems to be intertwined with a male tendency to
experience the very condition of femaleness as threatening. If femaleness itself poses
some kind of threat, then it becomes all the more important to keep it under control.
g).- Lack of solidarity among middle-class women regarding the genocide of
working-class brown women.
Middle-class women normally set themselves as an example of good behavior.
They assert that as long as women behave they are not in danger of being the target of
male violence. Although there is a growing evidence that violence against women takes
various forms and has many layers. The classist position above mentioned is detrimental
for all women in general, because it totally ignores the growing domestic violence that
women across classes are experiencing. Women are more likely to be abused and killed
by an intimate partner than by any other perpetrator. There is a strong belief that working
class migrant women have the choice of not working and the power to negotiate sexual


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