The Death Of A Woman

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The term femicide had been in use long before Diana E.H. Russell reintroduced it to modern lexicon. In fact, it was first used in A Satirical View of London at the Commencement of the Nineteenth Century in 1801 to notate the killing of a woman. Shortly after, in 1827, a manuscript by the name of The Confessions of an Unexecuted Femicide was published that details the murder of a young women by William MacNivish. Additionally, the word femicide appeared in Wharton 's Law Lexicon in 1848, suggesting that it had become a criminal offense. (Russell 2001). Even before this inclusion, however, was the social control of women through the witch-crazy in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. Rooted in the desire to eradicate heresy and reinstate fellowship to the Catholic Church, whose view on women and gender is largely based on the creation story in Genesis. The universally known story of Adam and Eve preaches the danger in the sexual insatiability of women, and Russell states that, “It was particularly female sexuality that made women sinful... and led men into damnation through association with their bodies,” (Russell 1992:28). Therefore, by inducing fear of violent interrogation, imprisonment, and sentencing to death (only to women, remember), the witch-craze was a tool for imparting social control over the women and can now be looked back upon as femicide. The use of violence against women by men was reliant on a construct of female sexuality, and the ways in which they…

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