What’s Current: Manchester bombing was a calculated attack on young women and girls

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Salman Abedi, a 23-year-old British man, suicide bombs an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May says that the attack, which killed 22 people, “targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.” May left out the fact that it wasn’t just young “people” who were targeted. Considering Grande’s overwhelmingly female fan base, this was a calculated attack on young women and girls.

 “After attacks like this, there are always calls for the public not to be afraid. This is right, and logical—the purpose of acts of terrorism is to spread fear, so it’s correct that officials entreat citizens to resist that fear … But the Manchester bombing delivers another message, too. It reminds girls and young women that there will always be people who hate them simply because they were born female.”

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Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.