Bitch on the Blog

February 5, 2014

Far far away

Filed under: Culture,Ethics — bitchontheblog @ 01:03
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I tend to steer clear of politics on my blog. However there are exceptions:

On reading an article on Afghanistan and new law proposed to stun women into silence (yeah, bring back stoning) I feel compelled to throw not much into the pot. There was one comment: “Backward isn’t even the word. They’re cowards. Too insecure in their own manhood to allow women the freedom to choose the terms on which they coexist with them. That’s no kind of man at all.”

Indeed. Manhood. You know what’s so wonderful about men? So very evocative? So very sexy? They feel compelled to look after you. Sure, in a moment of heat, there might be a lash out. Testosterone out of control. It happens. No big deal. But to actually sanction, under state law, the abuse of women on a grand scale is scandalous. Men of the world: Unite. Put a fucking stop to this shit. Women are your mothers, your sisters, your wives, your daughters.

U

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6 Comments »

  1. The way that the Taliban treats women was the secondary reason I was in favor of going to war in Afghanistan. The primary reason, for me, was the idea of dealing with Al Quaida after the September 11, 2001 attacks in this country. Then, before we got the primary mission done, along came the distraction called Iraq. Now, weary of a decade of war and fiscally stressed because of the waste of two wars, we are leaving without having accomplished much of anything. The Taliban will be back after we leave and the possibilities that might have been the future of the girls and women of Afghanistan will be little more than a dream.

    I’m disgusted and ashamed of what we failed to do in the last 12 years.

    I also the proud father of two strong minded, intelligent daughters.

    Comment by Mike — February 5, 2014 @ 02:57 | Reply

    • Congratulations on your daughters, Mike. Is there anything more wonderful than launching strength into this world?

      I appreciate your honesty. One thought, and I know I am a little naive when it comes to matters of politics and war: Why do [the collective] we get involved in other countries’ affairs, drone like angry bees, yet are unable to stop violation of basic human rights? I don’t get it. If I had the power I’d bang my fist on the table. Back to the drawing board. Start again. We talk about, indeed live, globalization. Yet, there are so many pockets of shame in the world which are being left untouched, conveniently overlooked, sidelined.

      And it’s not a woman’s issue. I feel men to be as much victim of their culture.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 5, 2014 @ 10:33 | Reply

  2. I’m with Mike here…. If not more so having taught Afghan refugees and talked to several. Notably the cab driver who drove me one Sunday to hospital have my ring finger repaired. He came here so that his daughters could be well educated and vowed that he would not go back until the Taliban had been completely destroyed. I hope he was not seduced into returning because when the Taliban return the dream will be destroyed for many years to come… and that destruction will expand into Pakistan if we (the occidental nations) are not careful.

    The irony is that these peoplewill tell you that they do all this to care for women….they will use the misreading of the Qu’ran as their excuse. Just as so called Christians do with the Bible.

    I regret not having had a daughter or two.

    Comment by magpie11 — February 5, 2014 @ 13:34 | Reply

  3. Mike, no one has ever been able to achieve anything in Afghanistan. If you want to understand what really is the situation there this book from which you can understand why the Russians and now the Americans could not achieve anything. Without going into the merits of the American or other presences there, tribal life is not easily understandable and why only the Afghans, the USA has got other strategic partners, where women’s lives are no better.

    Comment by rummuser — February 5, 2014 @ 14:02 | Reply

  4. That perennial topic, men who behave like animals in their attitudes to women. I wish I knew the answer. That sort of behaviour is constantly reinforced by other men, by the media, by pornography, by childhood conditioning. Very hard to reverse it once it’s so deeply entrenched.

    Comment by nick — February 6, 2014 @ 11:25 | Reply

    • Difficult to answer your lament, Nick. I am very fond of men. I was surrounded by them from day one. In many ways I think of men far more vulnerable to emotion than women. I have nothing but admiration for women. I adore men. It is tragic: Men, on the whole, conquer the world yet are so fragile. One day I’ll try and put the thought on paper – coherently.

      More importantly, as I said in my response to Mike: Men are caught up in a terrible web. And no point generalizing. The good, the bad and some ugly.

      Difficult subject.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 6, 2014 @ 11:59 | Reply


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