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.