Honor Killings Essay

796 words - 3 pages

Honor Killings

For thousands of years women have been looked down upon in society and have not been treated as equals. It wasn’t very long ago that women in America weren’t allowed to have jobs or vote, men were always the leaders. Just tonight my father was saying how when he was growing up if you talked back to your father or husband you would be punished, and that was only about thirty or forty years ago. I believe that today’s American woman take their freedom for granted. In some cultures women still do not have the privilege of being considered an equal and have no rights. In countries where Islam is practiced they have honor killings, where “woman are murdered by their families each year in the name of family “honor.” For my second portfolio I have chosen to discuss the practice of honor killings and how wrong they are.
This article shows us how different America is from other places in the world. Honor killings would be unheard of here because we understand that women are equal and deserve the right to be free. “Honor killings are perpetrated for a wide range of offenses. Marital infidelity, pre-marital sex, flirting, or even failing to serve a meal on time can all be perceived as impugning the family honor.” In America nearly every woman could be persecuted for committing all these so-called offenses. These are all normal, ok things for us. However in places such as “Bangladesh, Great Britain, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, and Uganda,” if you were a woman and you did any of these things you would be killed, and by your own family. The worst part is that it’s not only the men that support this, but also “the females in the family - mothers, mother-in-laws, sisters, and cousins…It’s a community mentality.” I think the women agree with honor killings because they are afraid of what will happen to them if they stand up for themselves or for any other woman. The fact is that they will be killed themselves if they do.
One point in the article, which I found unacceptable, relates to chapter five in the text...

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