In the Name of Fathers: Honour Killings and Some Examples from South-eastern Turkey


  • Aysan Sev'er Aysan Sev'er, University of Toronto, writes on sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse of women, crosscultural forms of wife abuse, and other forms of extreme violence against women. Her latest book, Fleeing the House of Horrors, received the CWSA 2004 Annual Book Award. She is also the founder and the general editor of Women's Health & Urban Life journal.


Starting from patriarchal power and authority, this article explores the control of girls/women under classic patriarchies, particularly virginity, forced virginity tests and honour killings (HK); that is, murder of a woman by her male kin after something she has done is interpreted as tainting her family's honour.


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