Analysis of source text

Researching femicides in Ciudad Juárez was a little bit shocking at first, because we do not hear about these attacks or the crisis that young women and girls face in this city in particular. Just thinking about what I know now, one image stands out in my mind. A woman named Ivonne Ramírez Ramírez, is an activist from Juárez who created a digital map where people can go online and look at the map and see where the victims of femicide have been killed and where their bodyies have been found since 1993. When you look at the map/ image it is scary to see all the red dots to where women have been killed. It looks like the whole city is covered with red dots.  ( )

Although all the papers are talking about the same topic, they differ in many ways. Two of the papers are written by men, whilst only one is written by a woman. I feel that the paper written by the women – Hérika Martinez Prado – is a little more personal than those by the men. The use of language, although it is factual, is a little more emotional and it affects the reader more. When you read the paper, the different stories go straight to the heart of the reader. I feel her paper is also more organized when you read it. The paper has structure unlike the paper written by Marco Antonio López in where he hops from one story about femicide to another. Even though, I think that this may be his point. Because there are so many femicides happening. whilst one event is taking place, another murder is being committed. This can be a little confusing for the reader to read, but it makes a statement. Prado’s paper has more fluency to it. López’s paper can be seen as emotional because of the use of images that he uses. He uses the images of women crying and hugging and the site of the 13 pink crosses. The image is more visual, and I think readers will empathize with this.

It is interesting to notice how the three different authors differ in their use of the word “femicide”. López interchanges between “feminicide”, “women homicides” and “women killed”. For the most part he chose to say “feminicide”. Similarly, Prado decided to do the same. She uses different terms to describe the word “femicide” but ultimately decided to use “feminicide” the most. Martí Quintana decided not to follow this pattern. He chose to swap between “feminicide” and “murders of women” throughout his article.

It is interesting to see that all three authors used the term “feminicide” and not “femicide”. Feminicide is a political term and is used more strongly than femicide. It doesn’t just hold the male perpetrator responsible but also the state for the lack of safety of its female citizens.

All of these articules were published online during the past year. Marco Antonio López published his articule on 25/11/2017, Hérika Martínez Prado published hers on 15/02/2018 and more recently Martí Quintana published his on 27/08/2018. All of these articules are recent and are very topical at the moment.