Woman-Blaming at its best

CNN has an article on an important and horrendous thing going on in Iraq: girls and young women being sold into prostitution by their parents. But what do they call it? “Iraq’s Unspeakable Crime: Mothers Pimping Their Daughters”. Yeah. Because we all know men play no role at all in prostitution. The article itself does a good job drawing attention to the many forces producing this situation: a government that is not sufficiently concerned about women; police imprisoning women who speak out; cultural devaluation of women; war; poverty. But the headline makes it sound like it’s just a matter of mothers who are horrible to their daughters. (Thanks, Jender-Parents!)

3 thoughts on “Woman-Blaming at its best

  1. well, because the mothers are surely the heads of the households; the primary decision-makers. because it’s the 21st century, after all. …right?…

  2. The article assiduously avoids placing blame on anyone else. For example, the Iraq war causes the husband/protector deaths and created social chaos, but there’s no mention that, ah, maybe that wasn’t just the Iraqis’ fault.

  3. Aftar all is so old as the Bible: it is allways Eva’s fault, Adam did
    not know nothing. Men told us how thinks are and they are as they like it.

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