One telling sign of the epidemic of violence against women is how few males will give it voice!
Recently, John Dear and regularly, Robert Koehler speak of racism, poverty, and militarism… but neither gives voice to the preponderant misogyny that’s resulted in world wide femicide.
In this instance, a parallel phenomenon shows as a similar need to “Say Her Name”:
“Three more women were assassinated in the normally tranquil, upper-middle class neighborhood that afternoon — an 18 year-old Mexican named Yesenia Quiroz, a Colombian identified only as “Nicole,” and a 40 year-old domestic worker named Alejandra. The press generally refers to the case as “the murder of Ruben Espinosa and four women,” relegating the women victims to anonymity even in death.”
On a semi-related note, I was doing research on serial killers. Some Ivy League researcher (whose name escapes me) spoke openly of the statistics: that 90% of serial killers are male. Yet he STRAINED to make the problem of serial killers gender neutral. If something is 9 to 1, that is not neutral!
That is my primary objection to the promiscuous use of the WE-pronoun. It takes what’s largely normal for men, or more likely exhibited by males and generalizes these results to both genders falsely.
Such deeply buried, crippling misogyny explains why this particular prejudice is not given due discussion, neither is its name nor those of its millions of targets typically spoken.