In recent days, there have been several cases of police rape of women in Mexico. A 17-year-old girl returned home late at night, questioned by four police officers unkindly, and dragged to a patrol car for a rampage, while a few days later another girl was also raped by police at the museum. Sex is actually a display of power.
In recent days, the situation of police-community conflict in Hong Kong has been very serious. From Hong Kong to Mexico, we are seeing a number of rapes committed by the police.
According to the BBC, sexual violence took place on 3 August 2019 in the Azcapotzalco district of the Mexican capital. A 17-year-old girl has revealed that she was dragged by four police officers into a patrol car. Then, on August 8, a 16-year-old girl was raped by police at a museum in central Mexico.
In addition to these two incidents, there have been other cases: "Mexican media have repeatedly pointed out that four other police officers in the capital police force are suspected of sexually assaulting female colleagues, as well as police street sexual assault of female street friends and other major scandals." 」
These incidents caused a social uproar. In the outright, about 300 mainly female protesters marched on August 12 th and gathered at the headquarters of the Mexico City District Attorney's Office to press the government.
When the security minister, Jes?s Orta Mart?nez, told the crowd that the case would be handled appropriately, the protesters cast a pink flash on him in protest.
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According to the BBC,local victim groups estimate that more than 500,000 cases of sexual violence occur in Mexico each year, but the vast majority of victims go unreported. Official data show that fewer than 9,000 rapes were reported in Mexico in 2019, possibly due to the low level of trust in the police.
sex, as a kind of power
From the case of male police officers raping women, let's talk about the "sex" and "power" of the world.
The police, who have the responsibilities entrusted to them by the national government, have more power than the people. In the case of the recent riots in Hong Kong, police with authority and weapons resources are often able to shoot unarmed people, such as shooting cloth bombs without warning, conducting body searches without telling the reasons, and even sexually harassing women. (Extended reading:"My body is not a battlefield" woman to the streets to protest, should they live to be sexually harassed? ) )
In fact, in many fields, most of those in power are men. In his book The Gender WorldView, the gender researcher Raewyn Connell argues that "there is a clear division of gender division in the country: male-dominated sectors such as military, political, infrastructure, economics; The power center of the state, the highest decision-making unit, is almost the same as the masculine male, so the interests of women are represented by more marginalized institutions in comparison with the interests of men. 」
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What we have seen in such cases is that apart from the authority of the police over the public, there is also a display of "sexual" power.
The controlling power is essentially a kind of "sexualization of power" in the operation of sexual pleasure. Fuco calls this power "the sensualization of power" and the senses here refer to are naturally the senses of sex.
Although sexual pleasure replaces power to achieve the ultimate male domination, in fact power is not replaced by sex, the more correct statement should be: "power has been sexualized" or "sex has been powered", so "power sex" is the expression of modern sexual desire.
Whether it is gender-based or sexual violence, there are more dominant or powerful people, the oppression of victims.
When one thing after another of sexual violence continued to unfold, people finally gathered to resist. Through demonstrations, it may not be possible to recover the fact that they have been hurt, but the whole issue has been more or less moved as the public has demanded that the government do something and bring international attention with its actions.
This time, Mexican women are no longer clamoring, trying to regain their initiative in the protests, rather than opting to be held back. Unlike the police, who have the "power" to administer according to law, they are willing to stand up and protest against the struggle to regain their own physical "rights".