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

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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 ...
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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-or 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.
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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
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What Is Gender? And Why Is It Dangerous? 9

2 Violence and Vulnerability 39

3 Sexuality as a Commodity 47

4 Mutilated Bodies 67

5 Unacceptable Gender Identities 83

6 Punished for Her Family's Honor 95

7 Building a World That's Safer for Women 109

Further Reading 120

For More Information 121

Bibliography 122

Index 126

Picture Credits 127

About the Authors and the Consultant 128

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