The perpetrator or perpetrators responsible for Monday’s suicide bombing and an act of terrorism outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England chose to target women and young girls, children who might not have had an adult to help them navigate a crisis situation, argues Christina Cauterucci.
“The victims of Monday’s bombing will almost certainly be mostly girls and women… tween and teenage girls and their moms,” Cauterucci notes.
It is no coincidence that the star of the concert, Ariana Grande, whose “global brand is one of blissful, unsubdued feminine sexuality,” has long been the target herself of sexist rhetoric that considers her responsible for any harm that befalls her—including her fans.
“The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too,” one Boston-based journalist tweeted.”
And it’s no coincidence, of course, that the perpetrators of this terrorism are young men. This attack is gender-based violence writ large.