I'm up to the part where Severian becomes journeyman, and so far, one woman has been disinterred to be cannibalized, three tortured, and one imprisoned through no fault of her own--and not one man yet to be described in the torturer's cells. Women, though tortured, cannot be torturers because they are too cruel.
How are new guild members found? They are cut out of their pregnant mother's wombs. So far, there are a few women who are not tortured--there's the prostitutes that Severian and Drotte visit, and the concubines kept by the Autarch. Severian's passage into journeyman is marked by him beheading a maid--a ritual play, but disturbing.
I'm not sure I can read anymore. Does the violence against women ever relent?