It's the third millennium; I think we can agree that women own their actions just as men do. This Salon piece, a speculation about the motives of female Muslim suicide bombers, carries an unfortunate undertone — half patriarchal. half Victorian — that seems to signal "Women are naturally virtuous so these poor things were corrupted by evil men."
You know, I'm ultimately not that interested in reading about how a male-dominant society maltreated these female mass murderers, any more then I am interested in reading apologias for male suicide bombers who grew up poor or were beaten as kids. Everybody gets fucked up by their upbringing or their past in one way or another. So what? Pretty much none of us go out and kill other people out of religious fervor.
I'll take these pitiful assclowns, male or female, at their own word: they kill for Allah, to wage Holy Jihad, to bring about the Caliphate, to teach the a-moral West a lesson. What other reasons for their never-ending bloodshed do we need? Why don't we simply listen to what they, themselves, are telling us?