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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Jurez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  27 harassment. The durability and strength of the image of the hypersexual young working migrant women depend on its inverse within the popular white imagination: that of the innocent and chaste European descendent middle-class women. The dichotomy of “respectable” women vs. “loose” women has worked to cast groups of women against each other, which is, of course, in the interest of patriarchy. Thus, women who are not the victims of male violence (at least not for the time being, and perhaps not as abruptely), can take false comfort in the belief that they are safe or can remain safe if they behave themselves, and at appropriately at all times. The solution to sexist violence lies not in reigned adherence to a belief that protection and safety can be guaranteed by the rules but in exposing the rules for what they are and dismantling the ideology of anti-women violence. One of the most pervasive myths of patriarchal culture is-that the home provides a safe haven for women. The readings here show that the home is the place where women are at greatest risk when that home is shared by a man, be the husband, male lover, father, or brother. However, femicide is no respecter of race, class, or culture and acknowledge the compound effects of racism and misogyny on women of color as Juan Maria, the director of the programa de valores told me “I have never had a problem with men. If you are not provoking them, if you are not insinuating sexual advances you are safe. It is very easy to be libertinage and have sexual relations with many people. But this does not take you anywhere. Society does not have enough punishment for sexual freedom; it is a very open society, a very permissive one.” I assure you that I would not have died on hunger if I had stayed at home. When I was young I was working in an smelting company where there were rude men without any refinement and I have never have had any problem. I slap the face of the first one who insinuated something and gave them a look that they would never say anything to me again. But I observe that everything here is around sexuality, I do not think so. Sexuality is a tremendous value but there are other things.” In response to middle-class women accusations that there is a need to control the behavior and sexuality of working-class brown women, Zulma Mendez stated: “What are they scare of?… middle-class women go out to the bars,

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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harassment. The durability and strength of the image of the hypersexual young working
migrant women depend on its inverse within the popular white imagination: that of the
innocent and chaste European descendent middle-class women.
The dichotomy of “respectable” women vs. “loose” women has worked to cast
groups of women against each other, which is, of course, in the interest of patriarchy.
Thus, women who are not the victims of male violence (at least not for the time being,
and perhaps not as abruptely), can take false comfort in the belief that they are safe or
can remain safe if they behave themselves, and at appropriately at all times. The
solution to sexist violence lies not in reigned adherence to a belief that protection and
safety can be guaranteed by the rules but in exposing the rules for what they are and
dismantling the ideology of anti-women violence.
One of the most pervasive myths of patriarchal culture is-that the home provides
a safe haven for women. The readings here show that the home is the place where
women are at greatest risk when that home is shared by a man, be the husband, male
lover, father, or brother. However, femicide is no respecter of race, class, or culture and
acknowledge the compound effects of racism and misogyny on women of color as Juan
Maria, the director of the programa de valores told me
“I have never had a problem with men. If you are not provoking them, if you are
not insinuating sexual advances you are safe. It is very easy to be libertinage and
have sexual relations with many people. But this does not take you anywhere.
Society does not have enough punishment for sexual freedom; it is a very open
society, a very permissive one.” I assure you that I would not have died on
hunger if I had stayed at home. When I was young I was working in an smelting
company where there were rude men without any refinement and I have never
have had any problem. I slap the face of the first one who insinuated something
and gave them a look that they would never say anything to me again. But I
observe that everything here is around sexuality, I do not think so. Sexuality is a
tremendous value but there are other things.”

In response to middle-class women accusations that there is a need to control the

behavior and sexuality of working-class brown women, Zulma Mendez stated:

“What are they scare of?… middle-class women go out to the bars,


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