Godoy‐Paiz, Paula. “Not Just “Another Woman”: Femicide and Representation in Guatemala.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 17, no. 1 (2012): 88-109.

Human Rights in Latin America

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The author writes about femicide in Guatemala, beginning with a general overview of what the phenomenon is and who plays a role and ending with a personal account from a victim’s mother. Godoy-Paiz defines femicide as the killing of women by men because of their gender, and it is characterized by mutilations of parts of a woman’s body that represent her femininity. Violence against certain groups has been normalized within Guatemalan society, and femicide is a consequence of this tolerance to brutality. The author ends the article with the story of Doña Celeste. Doña Celeste’s 19-year old daughter was a victim of femicide, and the author explains the impacts the murder had on the family. Godoy-Paiz concludes that researchers must not only look at statistics but also listen to women’s voices to understand the effects femicide has on Guatemala’s social relations.

The author spent a year in Guatemala…

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