Female Fear Factory

Dismantling Patriarchy's Violent Toolkit

Female Fear Factory
Pumla Dineo Gqola
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"Patriarchy does not respect national boundaries. It is unabashedly promiscuous in its influences and tethers. Yet, it does use nationalism very productively. " Drawing on examples from around the world - from Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa to Saudi Arabia, the Americas and Europe, Gqola traces the construction and machinations of the female fear factory by exposing its lies, myths, and seductions. She shows how seemingly disparate effects like driving bans, higher education rape sexual harassment and femicide are all premised on the construction of people, mostly women, as female, and thereafter the use fear as a tool of patriarchal subjugation and punishment.
Pumla Dineo Gqola is a feminist author and Research Professor at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Her books include Rape: A South African Nightmare (2015), which won the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction, and Reflecting Rogue: Inside the mind of a feminist (2017). She has written op-eds, features and columns for New Frame, City Press, Mail and Guardian, Drum (UK), Chimurenga, Wordsetc, The Africa Report and BBC Focus on Africa magazine. Her short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies on three continents.