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The Politics of Woman Killing.
A wife and mother is killed in her home by her husband. A young, single woman is killed by a serial murderer, Great Britain’s Yorkshire Ripper. Fourteen female students are shot to death at the University of Montreal by mass murderer Marc Lepine. All of these women are victims of femicide, the misogynist killing of women by men. While the issues of date rape and sexual harassment have finally entered into mainstream discourse, femicide, the most brutal form of sexist behaviour, has yet to be widely acknowledged and understood. In this wide-ranging study, more than 40 contributors document and describe the phenomenon of femicide as it occurs across continents and cultures, analyse the roles that our social values and institutions play in perpetuating it, and articulate the actions that can be taken to combat it. “Femicide : the Politics of Woman Killing” is at once a disturbing testimony to the many women who have been victims of femicide and an act of resistance.