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  • Author:Emiliano melchiorre
  • Date:15 May 2017
  • Skills: Adobe Illustrator, Information Design, Web Design

Les Fleurs de la Terreur

What's so special about female suicide terrorism?

According to Wikipedia, Female Suicide Terrorists (FSTs) are:

[...] women who carry out a suicide attack, wherein the bomber kills herself while simultaneously killing targeted people. Suicide bombers are normally viewed as male political radicals, but since the 1960s female suicide attacks have been on the rise. Through 1985-2006, 15% of all suicide attacks were conducted by female suicide bombers. There are many organizations, such as Boko Haram (which is the first group to use females in a majority of their suicide bombings and surpassed the Tamil Tigers in using more female suicide-bombers than any other terrorist group in history), ISIS, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, that recently started using women as tools in their attacks, since they are normally viewed as less of a threat than their male counterparts. This includes women having the element of surprise, a hesitancy to search females, increased publicity for female suicide bombing attacks, and the female stereotype as non-violent.

After reading this description, one might ask what are the deeper reasons that are able to push FSTs to commit such a destructive action? This question, due to its complexity, will probably remain unanswered. We can, however, come closer to our explanation by trying to define an "identikit" of the FST, as shown in the infographics below.