Feminism and Gendered Violence

I’ve been following the news here and abroad and it has become very clear that it’s difficult to make assumptions about what constitutes ‘gender’ from place to place. Providing a gendered analysis of violence requires investigation into how people, from the youngest ages, are coerced into the binary roles that are particular to their culture. Our inability to be particular is evidence of our deeply rooted sense of biological determinism around sex and gender.

Young women are being kidnapped, subject to forms of sexual violence, forced into marriages, murdered by partners and strangers, systematically denied forms of economic empowerment, denigrated for their sexuality, and so much more. Young men are encouraged to become violent as a means of survival, conscripted into armed conflict, kidnapped, disappeared, have their bodies violated by other men, and tortured as symbols of nation. Non-binary people are caught amid all these rigid expectations and experience the violence of not-fitting in addition to everything else. What to do, what to do.


Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

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