every day? Isn’t this the fucked up world we already live in? Did
the earth rumble – and I somehow missed it – during Spring Break? Do
volcanoes go off every year as hundreds of thousands women are sold or
bartered or tricked into the sex industry each year? Does the sky
break open every time the Girls Gone Wild videos are promoted on
late-night television or porn is downloaded millions of times a day on
the internet? What about when the soldiers in the Congo strip the
clothes off women before shoving rifles up their vaginas and pulling
the trigger? Is the sea rising up every time a woman on a college
campus in this country is drugged and raped and the guy, getting away
with it, understands he can go ahead and do this again… and again… and
again… and again… and again… and again? (That’s right, folks, the
latest study reveals that the men who rape on college campuses do so on
an average of six times during their “college career.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2010031201792.html
fucked. They count the testimony of women as half that of a man. They
arrest and torture young women if a wisp of their hair falls out from
behind their chador. They have their “virtue police” grope women on
their way into school. I’ve heard stories from Iranians about women
being caught with lipstick where the police wiped it off with napkins
filled with broken glass. Of the calculation being made that the
entire female body is worth the only one testicle of a man.
Republic of Iran is deserving of fierce opposition and ought to be
resisted and overturned.
does these things because they view women fundamentally as objects, as things,
as possessions of men.
really just the mirror opposite – reinforcing another form of reducing
women to things, to objects, to something that exists for the
sexual gratification of men.
Declare that women are fully human. Combat ignorance with science,
combat misogyny with women’s liberation, combat all the outmoded systems
of oppression (be they semi-feudal and dominated by imperialism or be
they imperialism itself) with revolution for a whole different world?
Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution
Newspaper (revcom.us) and sits on the Advisory Board of World Can’t
Wait. She is currently conducting a national speaking tour titled,
“From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change — WE
NEED TOTAL REVOLUTION!” This speech and a live web-Q&A will be
broadcast on Wed. April 28th from 8:30 – 10:30 pm EST. For info on how
to log-in to take part in this event, visit: http://revolutionbooksnyc.org/Webcast%20flyer.htm