Nicholas and Lola Kampf
Last week, the couple in the photos above, both in their 50s, abducted Katelyn Kampf, 19, their pregnant daughter, tied her up, forced her into their car, and began driving. Their goal was to force her to get an abortion. Nicholas Kampf, Katelyn’s father, is a wealthy land developer who was, among other things, unhappy that the father of the baby was African. Katelynn Kampf managed to free herself when she was let out of the car to use the restroom. She then called the police. Today the parents were indicted for kidnapping, terrorizing their daughter, and assault.
The woman in the photo above, Julianna Redd, 23, was kidnapped last Friday, on the eve of her wedding, by her parents, who held her long enough in a hotel in another state that she missed her wedding. The prospective husband called police when his bride-to-be didn’t show up for the dinner which was planned for the night before the wedding. The parents are being charged with kidnapping.
These are instances of women being terrorized because they are women. The rationale and motivation for the kidnappings is the view that these women’s lives and bodies do not belong to them, that their lives and bodies and even their children belong to their parents. Can anyone imagine a man being kidnapped by his parents and held to keep him from marrying? Can anyone imagine a man being kidnapped and forced to have an abortion? Yes, that’s facetious. No, that isn’t facetious.
And before anyone pipes up with, “but the mothers were involved,” their mothers were also their fathers’ wives, and as such were part and parcel of that institution which is so central to male heterosupremacy: the nuclear family. It is in the name of the nuclear family, in the name of patriarchy, meaning “rule of the father,” and the father’s rights over his children that these young women were kidnapped and terrorized. Based on the reading I’ve done about this, there are thousands, probably millions of people in this country who are sympathetic to what these parents did– even though what they did amounted to, again, terrorism of women. Because they are women.