Early Tuesday morning I awoke to the horrific news of the Manchester terror attack. A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert.
I must admit that I don't know Ariana Grande or her music, but since then I have learned that she has a large fan base of female teens and tweens. So I now wonder: Was this attack a deliberate attempt to silence those young women and girls enjoying themselves at a concert?
I'm not the only one to have that thought. In an essay at Slate on the Manchester terrorist act, Christina Cauterucci wrote: "These girls are survivors of an orchestrated attack on girls and girlhood, a massive act of gender-based violence."