Gender Danger : Survivors of Rape, Human Trafficking, and Honor Killings

Gender Danger : Survivors of Rape, Human Trafficking, and Honor Killings

by Rae Simons, Joyce Zoldak
     
 

Our gender is part of who we are. Being male or female-or how male or female a person acts-should not make life more dangerous. And yet it does. Traditionally, women have been known as the weaker sex, and while this is not literally true, women often face dangers men do not. In some parts of the world, such as the Congo, rape is used as a weapon, an intimidation

Overview

Our gender is part of who we are. Being male or female-or how male or female a person acts-should not make life more dangerous. And yet it does. Traditionally, women have been known as the weaker sex, and while this is not literally true, women often face dangers men do not. In some parts of the world, such as the Congo, rape is used as a weapon, an intimidation tactic to control the population. In some areas, a woman can be killed for bringing shame on her family, for crimes as minor as removing a veil or talking to a man. In the name of tradition-or of beauty-women's bodies have been bound or altered, with corsets, foot bindings, female genital mutilation, or high-heeled shoes. Women have also generally held lower paying jobs-and are paid less for the same jobs-and they have done the majority of housework and child raising, whether or not they work outside the home as well. Gender crimes do not stop at women. Sexual orientation can also put people at risk for discrimination and attacks. Transgender people are especially at risk, as some people feel threatened by those they cannot fit into a neat gender category. From those who have struggled with gender prejudices, discrimination, and outright attacks, we can become aware of the kinds of things people all around us deal with. Perhaps you are dealing with some of these things yourself, but even if you are not, those who have overcome gender dangers have much to teach us.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—These intriguing books examine social issues through stories of those who have experienced them. Sanna covers racism of all kinds, including genocide in parts of Africa; the deplorable conditions of Native Americans; anti-Semitism; racism against the Roma, better known as Gypsies, and against African Americans; and the conditions faced by some immigrants. The author emphasizes that there are many kinds of racism and that everyone should be aware of them. Simons travels a similar road, discussing the issues faced by women in this and other cultures. The book looks at rape as a weapon of war, honor killings, female circumcision, and the complex and often dangerous world of transgender individuals. Both titles expose the underbelly of society, explaining terms that might be unfamiliar and providing multiple examples of the issues. These are excellent introductions to some of the critical social problems faced by many cultures.—Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422204511
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
10/31/2008
Series:
Survivors Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Circumstances
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,371,918
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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