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4 feminicides in 24 hours: Taliban not only in Afghanistan. Everywhere in the world one sex oppresses the other, and violence is a function of domination. We don't think of the Afghan sisters in terms of "us" and "them." There is only one fight for women's freedom

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4 feminicides in 24 hours. 4 women killed by men related to them - husbands, fathers, boyfriends, exes - for being women. A mother and daughter in Carpiano, in the Milan area. A wife in the province of Bologna. A girl killed by her ex in Aci Trezza, in the Catania area.

News details are useless if not to confirm, once again, theineffectiveness of protection measures: those who have been removed do not move away, those reported on the loose become furious, the alarms raised by the women are not listened to.

But there is no point in delving into the lives of the victims and their executioners in search of the "reasons for the tragic gesture" (i.e. of possibles justifications for the killer): he was depressed, he was crazy, he had lost his job, he was blinded by jealousy. The outcome of this research can only produce horrifying headlines like this one from Corriere della Sera

Laws: that man must have been really desperate to bring himself to kill himself."its light, together with her mother - who wasn't good at keeping the house - shooting her in the head. When you look for the "reasons for the tragic gesture" you are looking handles to understand, find a rationale, put yourself in the killer's shoes, understand him, induce compassion towards him.

But the ratio is always one and only one, there's no point in looking for anything else, unless you're determined not to want to see it and not want to deal with it. The reason is domination, the plan of the struggle is this, and only this.

Vanessa Zappalà, 26 years old, killed in Aci Trezza by her ex Tony Sciuto, she had left the man due to his constant mistreatment. He - at the beginning an image taken from his Facebook profile - killed her (and then killed himself) for this. He wanted her to stay with him and let him mistreat her. Let him be a man as he understood being a man, for whom the control of women is an indispensable fact, and the loss of control an intolerable shame.

The victim is always a woman who discards, who escapes domination. Those crimes are honor killings. The scene is always the same, in an endless loop. Everything else is just variable outline.

Tony Sciuto, murderer of Vanessa Zappalà

In its latest version, released by the police - the man was later found hanged in a farmhouse not far from the site of the femicide - Sciuto looks like a Taliban: long beard, grim look. Very suggestive resemblance.

THE Taliban make explicit and elevate the control of women as a political system as the cornerstone of their regime. In Taliban Afghanistan patriarchy shows itself in its archaic purity and radicality and it doesn't need pretenses. That is the face that the regime intends to expose to the world, this is its idea of social order, a bulwark against the terrible disorder of the pre-Islamic Jāhiliyya.

But the logic - control, domination - are the same that we see at work in feminicides. The killings of women uncover a pot that has never stopped boiling. Female freedom, female desire cannot have much scope. Every two or three days someone strangles a woman, or puts a knife in her belly or a bullet in her head to remind us. Rape, mistreatment, violence, harassment, injustice, the attempt to make us disappear remind us of this daily, in every moment of our lives.

Vanessa Zappalà -on the left- with her friends

Because of this, when we think about the terrible condition of Afghan women, the logic of “us” and “them” risks being fruitless. By fighting for our freedom we also fight for theirs. By fighting for their freedom we defend ours.

Kabul, 1970s

It is a mistake to think of the Afghan sisters as completely unfree, and of us as absolutely free.

It is important, to be effective, keep track of a common condition, having to deal every day with one sex oppressing another, albeit with different degrees of ferocity.

Marina Terragni


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