Four Mexican feminists were recently murdered in Mexico City, three of which were found to be raped and tortured before being executed. I condemn these acts of violence and want to make it absolutely clear that I do not support violence against anyone, including feminists. The article titled Feminists In Mexico Are Being Warned To Be Quiet Or Be Killed gives the details:
Nadia Vera, 32, a proud feminist and social activist, was murdered in her flat in Mexico City along with four other women last month. Three of them, including Vera and her journalist friend Rubén Espinosa (both pictured above), were allegedly raped and tortured before being shot in the head. Many believe they were targeted because they dared to demand equal rights for women across the country, attending protests, staging plays and writing politically charged poems.
Sadly this incident is not an isolated one. These horrific murders are just the latest in a long line thought to have been committed to silence women just like Nadia. 36 women’s rights activists have been murdered in Mexico in the past five years according to the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders of Mexico. Their stories have been largely ignored by local media in Mexico. So is this really what women still have to face in 2015? Facing serious injury, intimidation and even death, just for speaking out about women’s rights?
A study found that in 2012 alone, there were 414 attacks against female human rights defenders in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, with 118 of these taking place in Mexico. A massive 87% of these attacks were found to have been committed by the very people who were supposed to be protecting these women – police, government officials and the military.
Out of those, 60% were part of a series of attacks, while just 11% were isolated events.
María de la Luz Estrada, director of the National Citizens Femicide Observatory, said: ‘The authorities must ensure everyone involved, including the intellectual authors, face the ultimate consequences. This case has put all women defenders on red alert. It was a clear, serious message for us all.’
Nobody should be subject to violence merely for sharing their political beliefs, even beliefs which I find repugnant (feminism), but let’s clarify something here, Mexico is in the middle of a full blown drug war, and men, in the vast majority, are the victims of it. And yes, vicious drug cartel mercenaries do not give one iota of a damn about feminism…they simply don’t care. I believe that Mexican feminists are making the mistake of perceiving their American counterparts as safe to express their feminist beliefs on account of some kind of “empowerment”, some sort of strength that American feminist women are drawing from. In reality, the ability for American feminists to spew their nonsense is protected, under the right to free speech by men with guns. Feminism is a luxury of the west, a luxury that is maintained by men.
Our ancient ancestors would have simply left the prehistoric equivalent of a feminist to starve, ostracizing her from the tribe for sowing discord among the group. Mexican feminist women are going to have to learn that they have no potency without the protection of men in the form of the state, feminism doesn’t work unless you have armed men willing to point guns at other men, who will then be vilified and taxed to fund feminist delusions.
It’s cited in the article that a large number of the attacks against women that took place in Mexico were at the hands of the government, the very people who are meant to protect them as the article states…
Well, they seem to be leaving out a bit here. How many men do these people think have fallen prey to the cartels? (which are the government and vice versa due to corruption).
A google search of the term “Mexican murder statistics by gender” not Mexican murder statistics for women” but “Mexican murder statistics by gender” gives result after result of what is being called a “femicide” epidemic in Mexico. There are of course no mentions of Androcide. Yet, according to the wiki available it states that as of February 2005, the number of murdered women in Ciudad Juarez since 1993 is estimated to be more than 370.
Compared here with some statistics from 2009 where Cuidad Juarez had over 2000 homicides in that year alone. I’m aware that the years don’t match up, anybody who has stats for the homicides from 1993 to 2005 is welcome to make them available and I will update this post. But we can assume that the vast majority of these 2000 homicides were men. Even if hypothetically speaking, one third, or 666 of these victims were women, the deaths of the men in that year alone would far exceed the 340 homicides for women spanning the years of 1993 to 2005.
There is no “femicide” in Mexico, far from it. If anything there is rampant homicide that effects men in the majority by far. If Mexican drug cartels were going around killing more women than men in their drug war, the entire free world would be demanding something be done about it, perhaps even going as far as to consider a military invasion of Mexico to restore order. It’s just more of the “women are the primary victims of war” mentality, nothing new here folks.