2012 has been such a shameful year in the treatment of women worldwide. Political leaders, police, news networks, celebrities and even feminists failed us repeatedly, playing part in the continued pain, fear, shame, and ultimate spiritual and physical death of Women.
23 year old medical student, Amanat, gang-raped and beaten on a bus, has died.
While Uganda strives to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death, while the US endlessly debates the meaning of “legitimate rape” and the body’s ability to “shut all that down”, while the BBC has covered Jimmy Saville’s tracks under celebrity sparkle, disillusion and plain bullshit for decades, while Lady Gaga visits Julian Assange for dinner at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, women around the world are living in fear every day of their lives.
And people living in ‘developed’ countries please don’t bullshit yourself and imagine this only touches women living somewhere far away on a hill with a lovely sunset but a shit dictator: our moron chauvinists speak BS outwardly and spit it in our faces, yours play nice in public and settle the score in off-hand remarks about ‘sexual etiquette,’ and ‘legitimate rape’ saying not everyone ‘needs to be asked every time’ paying or threatening people to turn a blind eye, and even calling on the power of God, while men like Saville and your local priest tear through generations of girls, boys, women and to quote Saville “Anything I can get my hands on!” (broadcast ON your ‘developed’ TVs mind you).
If only our churches, our political leaders, our schools, our people, would make it a priority to end the violence aimed at Women, and children, rather than this BS anti-gay, anti-islam, anti-short skirts and red hair rants they peddle.
How many churches have an anti-rape stance that they preach rabidly at their zombified congregations??
I want a preacher, to stand at the pulpit and work their flock into a frenzy proclaiming that rape is evil. Don’t tell me who I should vote for or pray that ‘the other team gets chronic diarrhea on the voting day, (DEC 2007 PCEA Church that meets at St Christopher’s school in Karen), don’t tell me that Muslims are wrong, don’t tell me who I should love, don’t curse me for watching The Secret (Mavuno Church takes that cake), don’t tell me that everything will be sorted one day in the future (maybe tomorrow, maybe never) and that the meek shall inherit the earth after they have been trampled to dust for centuries by all those who currently own tracks of land, stockpiles of ivory, (the Church included) sweatshops, traffic drugs, slaves and prostitutes, and are having a ball on this earth, right here, right now!
Stand up for me, and every woman, and promise to protect us. Tell me that my body is mine alone, that I can not be sold, raped, forced into abortion (interestingly that’s another thing our outstanding citizens and church leaders do) beaten by my husband, or threatened by his family, while you stand idly by.
Don’t ask me for 10% of my wages when you fail 60% of your congregation (not counting all the children that attend Sunday school and absorb your teachings while you ignore pedophilia.)
Why is it that homosexuality involving consenting individuals of legal age is a crime punishable by execution, when rape, which involves a non-consenting victim, or a child incapable of defending his or herself, or even of properly understanding what is happening, (including statutory rape), only calls for a few years in jail?
Why, I ask, do Christian extremists (who don’t realise they are extremists) claim that homosexuality is just a hop skip and a prance away from bestiality, but forcing yourself onto an unwilling, half-comatose (through drugs or beatings or plain fear) victim incapable of consenting or declining (and treated like a piece of property in the same way as the animal itself) is somehow closer to the sex that God intended for us as religious awe-inspired human-beings?
Protesting against homosexuality is one of the moments when Christian and Muslim leaders suddenly put their issues ‘aside’, stop hate speech about each other, and unite for the common goal of eradicating sexual misconduct. The other I’ve repeatedly seen broadcast on TV includes burning Standard 5 home science text books (which they stole from schools mind you) that include information about reproduction and sexual health. Really? This is the grave concern that unites you?
Why do families silence their daughters and sons to avoid the shame of someone else’s crime, while newspapers print names of gay citizens asking their countrymen to burn them down?? Why do psychotic preachers broadcast hardcore gay porn to their congregations in Uganda, and not give a shit (licked or otherwise) about all the women and girls raped daily in Northern Uganda, or by their neighbours in the DRC and Sudan who use rape as a weapon of war, and ethnic cleansing?
Dear government, you take 30% of our earnings, it would be nice if you gave all women 30% of your time. If you can justify the death sentence for armed robbery with violence, then I don’t see why the rape of a woman should be any different, and only call for 4 years in prison…… unless to tell us, that the piece of currency stolen during an armed robbery, is worth more, than the self-esteem, dignity, security, and freedom, taken by force during an act of rape.
It is one thing to be robbed of everything you have on you. It is entirely another thing, to be robbed of everything you are.
Without our leaders defending our everything, they are no different to the man that held a gun to Malala’s head.
RIP Amanat. You only show us how bright the world can be, and the darkest corners of the human heart.
Links to information above:
Amanat’s vigil and return home: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/the-six-men-accused-of-murdering-amanat-india-s-daughter-311035
Naomi Wolf world feminist’s, doubts about the Assange rape cases: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQngyrfNjIA
Uganda “Kill the Gays” Bill: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/uganda-anti-gay-bill-passes-vote-moves-forward
USA “Legitimate rape”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9488050/US-election-Republican-says-legitimate-rape-victims-unlikely-to-become-pregnant.html
Jimmy Saville “fixing it” with the BBC: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/22/jimmy-savile-cover-up-bbc
Lady Gaga visiting Julian Assange: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/9596115/Lady-Gaga-visits-Julian-Assange-for-dinner-at-Ecuadorian-embassy.html
George Galloway, UK MP says on Assange’s sexual etiquette and shoulder taps: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9490122/George-Galloway-Julian-Assange-rape-allegations-nothing-but-bad-sexual-etiquette.html
Pastor Dr. Martin Sempa anti-gay preaching including porn-shows in church in Uganda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjnrLt3VuSM
North Uganda refugee camp rapes: http://www.wluml.org/node/2293
DRC the ‘Rape Capital of the World’: http://world.time.com/2012/11/30/congos-mamas-and-their-campaign-against-wartime-rape/
Sudan’s Rape as a tool of genocide: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-scheffer13-2008nov13,0,4968269.story
(Please note that President Bashir of Sudan has been invited to attend state functions by our President Kibaki in Nairobi while wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity including mass rapes.)
Malala Yousafzai: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai
General Violence against women: http://www.wluml.org/taxonomy/term/20