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(en) Wild CAT - Anarcho-feminist collective Turin isattending I love you from (making you) die. (it) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 1 Oct 2019 09:09:35 +0300


Info point against patriarchal violence and the toxic and mystifying story of gender-based violence. ---- "Killed twice. The narrative that denies and erases women's lives ---- I love you from (making you) die ---- The numbers of patriarchal violence against women draw a real war bulletin. The war against female freedom, the war against free women. A war that the media conceals and minimizes, contributing to multiplying it, offering extenuating circumstances to those who kill, beat and rape. Women like Elisa, strangled by a "good giant", are killed twice. Killed by the man who deprived them of life, killed by those who deny them their dignity, telling violence with the lens of love, excess, passion and madness. Romantic love, passion cover and change the sign of violence. Women are killed, wounded, raped in excess of love, by passionate frenzy. A pre-packaged alibi, which we find in newspaper articles, in interviews with relatives and neighbors, in the harangues of lawyers and prosecutors. This false narrative aims to hide a war, which is fought but not recognized as such. The media are responsible for the perpetuation of an imaginary, which justifies and feeds violence against those who do not conform to the heterosexual norm, to the imposed roles. The media blame those who suffer violence, scanning their lives, behaviors, freedom choices, to justify male violence, to annul the freedom of women, guilty of not being prudent, of not accepting the risk of violence as "normal" kind. The stereotype of "those who seek it", whether they are sex workers or those who do not wear clothes similar to cloth cages, is a constant in the story of the media. Gender-based violence is confined to the pages of crime news, to deny its political significance, transforming beatings, rapes, murders, harassment into episodes of common delinquency, into private matters. The media, faced with the violent unfolding of the patriarchal reaction, is attempting to privatize, familiarize, domesticate the confrontation. Women are helpless victims, men are violent because they are crazy. Madness takes away responsibility, hides the disciplinary and punitive intention, becomes the exception that breaks normality, but does not challenge shared narrative. Male violence against women is a daily occurrence, but the media tell us of it as a temporary break in normality. Raptus of madness, excesses of feeling hide under the umbrella of pathology a violence that fully expresses the tension to reaffirm the patriarchal order. If domestic violence falls under the sign of illness, the violence carried out by strangers is inscribed in the metaphor of the jungle, of the herd, of bestiality. Violents, especially if they are foreigners, distant, different become the pivot of a media narrative, which places them constitutively outside the social forum. Here male violence emerges from the stereotype of the madman, to assume that of the beast. Society is healthy: those who kill women are either crazy or a beast. Not human, out of the human. The order is safe. Mourning is private. Violence against women becomes a tool to reinforce racism towards migrants: the foreigner is described as If domestic violence falls under the sign of illness, the violence carried out by strangers is inscribed in the metaphor of the jungle, of the herd, of bestiality. Violents, especially if they are foreigners, distant, different become the pivot of a media narrative, which places them constitutively outside the social forum. Here male violence emerges from the stereotype of the madman, to assume that of the beast. Society is healthy: those who kill women are either crazy or a beast. Not human, out of the human. The order is safe. Mourning is private. Violence against women becomes a tool to reinforce racism towards migrants: the foreigner is described as If domestic violence falls under the sign of illness, the violence carried out by strangers is inscribed in the metaphor of the jungle, of the herd, of bestiality. Violents, especially if they are foreigners, distant, different become the pivot of a media narrative, which places them constitutively outside the social forum. Here male violence emerges from the stereotype of the madman, to assume that of the beast. Society is healthy: those who kill women are either crazy or a beast. Not human, out of the human. The order is safe. Mourning is private. Violence against women becomes a tool to reinforce racism towards migrants: the foreigner is described as different become the pivot of a media narrative, which places them constitutively outside the social forum. Here male violence emerges from the stereotype of the madman, to assume that of the beast. Society is healthy: those who kill women are either crazy or a beast. Not human, out of the human. The order is safe. Mourning is private. Violence against women becomes a tool to reinforce racism towards migrants: the foreigner is described as different become the pivot of a media narrative, which places them constitutively outside the social forum. Here male violence emerges from the stereotype of the madman, to assume that of the beast. Society is healthy: those who kill women are either crazy or a beast. Not human, out of the human. The order is safe. Mourning is private. Violence against women becomes a tool to reinforce racism towards migrants: the foreigner is described as
"beast", in order to invoke the closure of borders and mass expulsions.
We are not there. We do not accept that women's freedom and security can become an excuse to multiply disciplinary pressure, security and repressive devices, and growing police control over the territory. Patriarchal violence crosses genres, borders, classes, cultures. The freedom that women have conquered has cracked and, at times, broken the hierarchical relations between the sexes, breaking the symbolic and material order, which wanted them submissive and obedient. The proliferation of feminicides on a global scale shows that the road to women's freedom and autonomy is still very long. And uphill.
To each * of us the task of writing a different story, which is not the story of victims, but the story of a struggle for
freedom that is scary because it is breaking the symbolic and material order of patriarchy. "

Wild Anarco-Feminist Collective CAT Turin
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