Emerson Rensink | The Anti-Media
Six men were arrested for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s in China earlier this month. She reportedly refused to share her phone number with them. Thumbnail credit: metro.co.uk
According to a report published on India’s Daily News & Analysis, the six men are members of the Church of Almighty God, a banned cult in China. They were apparently attempting to recruit the 37-year-old woman, and when she declined, the men broke into a deathly rage. One eyewitness claims, however, that she refused a romantic advance by one of the men.
A group of onlookers in the restaurant stood by idly, making no effort to stop the heinous crime as it unfolded.
Coverage, including security camera footage of the incident went viral in Chinese media, resulting in nationwide outrage.
This public murder is only one of the latest in a recent string of highly-publicized violent crimes against women, including a mass shooting. A social media campaign using the hashtag #YesAllWomen was launched last month to bring attention to the sexism women face around the world that all-too-often turns to violence.
While the men may or may not have been seeking her phone number for romantic reasons, their reaction shows the value they put on the woman’s life and their intolerance for her “no.” Sexism is felt by women both inside and outside the realm of sex and dating. It’s found in the workplace, at church, at school, on the street, at home and even in the media.
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Emerson Rensink is an Olympia-trans*planted activist, organizer and citizen journalist. He helped organize the global March Against Monsanto in May 2013. In addition to writing for The Anti-Media, Emerson’s work can be found at Center for a Stateless Society. In his free time, Emerson likes to watch depressing documentaries and find funny, pointless things on the Internet.
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