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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Big Blue Smurf Blogging: What They Said
Posted by Jill | 9:33 PM
Today's honoree is Amanda, who puts the sexual assault and beating of CBS journalist Lara Logan in context.

Money quote:
It says nothing about Egypt but that they’re a patriarchy that this happened. It says nothing about the claims of the protesters otherwise, and it may not say anything about the future of women. It definitely says nothing about whether or not this people or that people can self-govern. It simply says that when we raise men from the cradle to think of women as the gender that serves and is dominated, rape will become an expression of power and dominance. Gang rapes happen here. They happen pretty much everywhere, because patriarchy is a worldwide injustice. Rapes are about this oldest injustice, and this ugly spot on the stain of all humanity. Crowds of men, struggles over power, women as objects. It’s a formula that leads to this. The leg to kick out from under that to prevent this is not struggles for government control, which are part and parcel of being human. Or people hitting the streets, demanding their rights. The leg to kick out is the worldwide belief that women are second class. Then and only then will rape stop.

On a somewhat related subject here at home, I'll try to have some commentary on the South Dakota Legalization of Murder Act tomorrow.

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Blogger Pangolin said...
I think rape is based upon the simple idea that it is acceptable to abuse other people. Once you accept that you can abuse any other person you've opened the door for rape.

All that has to happen is the perp reframes the victim into the class of people acceptable to abuse. Think about it; if I can deny a person available food, water, and shelter when there is plenty to spare what's one more little injustice?

Isn't our whole culture about the enforced injustice we call capitalism?