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Sexism Kills

Sexism Kills

When I report an act of male terrorism against women here, I am under no obligation to  find and similarly report equivalent acts of male terrorism committed by members of groups, factions, organizations, nations, religions or ethnicities which may be at war with, or adversarial to, or despised by,  the group with which the male terrorist du jour is affiliated.  Neither will I be approving racist, xenophobic, anti-semitic, anti-Muslim, imperialist or colonialist screeds masquerading as “comments” in response to my posts; neither will I be posting comments which assert that the actions of the male terrorist du jour prove that wars currently being made on the group he  is part of are justified.  Life has taught me that over time,  men out of every racial, religious, ethnic group, men from all nations, men from all socioeconomic classes  and political persuasions can be counted upon to terrorize women.  

This is Women’s Space.  Here, we are concerned first and foremost with women’s lives and bodies.  Here, rape and other acts of male violence against women are not viewed as collateral damage of men’s wars on other men, are not viewed as solitary acts of deranged individuals, as aberrations or isolated incidents but are understood as a kind of terrorism, male terrorism of women.   Neither are the bodies and lives of women viewed here as of secondary importance to male political and religious ideologies and the wars fought to advance  and defend them (even though the good Imam of raped-women-shouldn’t-have-been-behaving-like-uncovered-meat fame believes that’s the way it should be. ) Here we do not buy it that some groups of men treat “their women” better than other groups of men treat “their women,” such that one group may justify making war on another group in order to “liberate” the other group’s women.  All y’all make war on women — women you define as your own and women you define as the other guy’s.  That’s a fact. 

Atrocities against women are not, and will not be viewed here, in other words, as just so much ammunition for enlisting in the service of men’s pissing matches, turf wars, or colonialist, imperialist, war-making endeavors.  Atrocities against women, gynocide, femicide — terrorism of women because we are women — will remain of central concern here.

Which is all to say, don’t bother posting comments here which evidence no concern for the lives of women as women.  I won’t be approving them.

Thanks to Rich of Adonis Mirror for the link re the defiant Imam.  Thanks to Purple Berets for the image above, Sexism Kills.

Heart 

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Sexism Kills

  1. LOL! I love that demand for equal billing shyt! Stage door right! Stage door right! LOL!

    Posted by chasingmoksha | October 29, 2006, 6:20 pm
  2. And you are quite right, and it is _quite_ instructive to view things from this point of view.

    A commentator on my blog this morning mentioned a famous psychology experiment undertaken a few years ago, with college students: some were designated as prisoners, and others as guards, and they were all evaluated for mental stability ahead of time, and yet it did not take long for the guards to turn abusive.

    The experiment was about how institutions, hierarchical structures, etc., end up producing certain kinds of attitudes and actions. Fair enough.

    But apparently all of the subjects in the experiment were more or less privileged, entitled white males. The cultural baggage and training they would have had from that is something the experiment (to my knowledge) did not take into account.

    My point: although I don’t want to be suspicious of all men (although why not: I think Black people would do well to be suspicious of all white ones) –
    it REALLY IS worth looking at all of these incidents as acts of terrorism, like lynchings – and NOT as ‘isolated incidents’ by ‘crazies’ or as you say, ‘collateral damage’ or some other kind of chance event. Looking at these incidents in that way – even if one ultimately decides that there were other factors in play as well – is very, very illuminating. So, keep your focus, and don’t listen to whoever is sending you comments criticizing it!

    Posted by profacero | October 29, 2006, 6:22 pm
  3. Awesome post.

    I have run a couple different blogs in the past couple of years addressing male violence, sexism, etc. The comments that I have had to delete never cease to astound me. Just yesterday I had to delete a comment from a man stating that I was obviously a “man-hating murderer” who was spreading lies. He then wished for me to be anally raped and sexually degrade in a manner of which I care not repeat. He wished all of this on me for simply posting news articles about actually acts of male violence/abuse of women and children.

    Your post is dead on.

    Blessings.

    Posted by breatheinspirit | October 29, 2006, 6:48 pm
  4. Thank you, Heart.

    Men are responsible for 97% of the world’s violence. Women are accountable for 3%. By giving equal billing, it gives the public the misconception that men and women are equally violent. It’s not even in the same ballpark!

    The media and our institutions, in a deliberate attempt to cover up and invisibilize the war and terrorism men are waging against women, are guilty of promoting, propagating and perpetuating these misconceptions, and worse, promoting the reverse of what is accurate and true. For example, by disproportionately billing men that have been falsely accused of rape, it gives the public the false impression that women are liars and men, victims. But the DOJ reports that only 2% of women falsely accuse rape. The other 98% that report rape, have been raped. However, because only 1% of rapists ever see the inside of the courtroom, and only 1% of that 1% ever see the inside of a prison, it perpetuates the myth that men are innocent, and women, liars. Instead of being indicative of how woman-hating the system and our culture is.

    Posted by Luckynkl | October 29, 2006, 9:41 pm
  5. Another example Luckynkl is the female sex predators. Let a female teacher prey on a child and it is plastered all over the world, yet, hundreds of male teacher predators are quietly dismissed or transferred (including the ones who “victim” is in love with him).

    Posted by chasingmoksha | October 29, 2006, 10:29 pm
  6. As far as rape, I have personally only known women who have been raped and NOT reported it. I have never personally known any woman that has reported it. That is my unofficial ‘non-scientific’ basis for knowing that rape (of women and children) is endemic, and probably far more commonplace than we will ever know.

    The media spin of ‘men are victims too’ (MAVT) was used quite well in a recent TV programme in the UK about male victims of domestic violence. The ‘assumption’ the viewer was to believe was that DV happens to men at similar rates to women, and that the perpetrators (of male victims) were female. This was done essentially by ommission of statistics.

    In actuality, male victims of DV are just as likely to suffer from a male abuser as female (a big fact they ‘forgot’ to mention).

    As others have mentioned, the odd case of a ‘bad’ woman, gets held up as the norm, and as ‘proof’ that women are just as violent as men.

    All of this effectively hides the war of male terror on the female half of the population.

    Posted by stormcloud | October 30, 2006, 11:06 am
  7. Thank you. I hate it when someone tries to blame a man’s violent abuse or advocacy of abuse of a woman as evidence that “our” culture (which isn’t “my” culture, but white American Christian male culture in which I am excluded from any position of power or influence) is better. I’ve experienced first hand TONS of violence from Christian, English speaking, white American middle class red-blooded American males who were perfectly “normal”, and I don’t want to hear any bullshit stories from anyone about how Muslim men are the really bad guys, or black men, or lower-class men, or Mexican men, or anything.
    It’s men who are the problem – men from every culture, every country, every religion or no religion.

    Posted by Amananta | October 30, 2006, 5:19 pm
  8. “I don’t want to hear any bullshit stories from anyone about how Muslim men are the really bad guys, or black men, or lower-class men, or Mexican men, or anything.
    It’s men who are the problem – men from every culture, every country, every religion or no religion.”

    That deserves a standing ovation.

    Posted by Lya Kahlo | October 31, 2006, 5:46 pm

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