It seems incomprehensible to most heirs of the Enlightenment that a concern for your family reputation could lead you to murder your own child.
Tangent: But I suppose it was the men of that very Enlightenment who spent their own time dueling one another other over matters of their own honor. It seems just pointless and ridiculous, but at least all those involved had consented to be part of the pointlessness and ridiculousness.
In the case of honor killings, though, it’s just a continuation of the existing violence (forced marriages, disenfranchisement, genital mutilations, &c.) — all in the name of honor — already prevalent within the societies that accept such things.
It’s just one more part of that whole appalling continuum that says women are no better than livestock, and perhaps even less useful since your cow will never bring dishonor on the family.
My incomprehension in this matter…
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