International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

“Virginity Control and Gender-Based Violence in Turkey: Social Constructionism of Patriarchy, Masculinity, and Sexual Purity”
Dr. Amani M. Awwad

The social construct of honor and shame are at the core of virginity control and gender based violence in Turkey. An integral part of this construct is the social construction of femininity and masculinity, which renders women powerless and, at the same time, manages to create and maintain a powerful social control apparatus aimed at dominating, exploiting, and in extreme cases, killing women. Thus lending legitimacy to gender based violence. Virginity control best illustrates the workings of this social control apparatus. This paper examines the complex reality of virginity control. Further, it will focus on the attitudes and the efforts of the government of Turkey and the medical establishment in failing to put an end to the practices associated with virginity control. The basic premise of this paper is that the lack of decisive action on the part of the government and the medical establishment in putting an end to this blatant form of human rights violation reflects their complacency and acceptance of these systems of honor and shame that legitimize gender based violence against women.

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