In the articles assigned to accompany Lourdes Portillo’s film Senorita Extraviada (2001), and in our discussions together, we looked at the ways that state officials (the Mexican government) have failed to intervene effectively to stop the femicides. The state has repeatedly denied the reality of gender violence as a systemic, calculated killing (negation); or, when that has failed, the state has turned to blaming the victims, by accusing the women of non-normative sexual practices (prostitution, lesbianism) as if such practices justify the killings; finally, the state also has treated the killings as separate, individual incidents (disaggregation) thereby refusing to acknowledge the interconnectivity of systemic gender violence. All these responses normalize, or naturalize, the gender violence.
In class we talked a little about other examples of the normalizing or naturalizing of gender violence. From your own reading, following of the news, or personal experience, offer an example of gender violence together with your interpretation of the ways such normalizing is enacted. Remember that gender violence can be insidious (almost unnoticeable) as well as explicitly criminal.
Post your response by Tuesday 1 p.m., and for this week’s blog assignment, only a single blog post is required (no second dialogue response with another student).