It's always the same. Women get the blame when they are the victims. Women get punished when they are the victims. Women get locked up, covered up, put out of sight because there is something wrong with men. It happens in religion where women have to live cover their heads, drape themselves in tent like clothes, and stay out of sight because men can't control themselves when they see their hair, their face, their legs, their arms. It happens out in the secular world where women get blamed because men can't control themselves if they see a women in a short skirt. It happens in India where women get ganged raped and the State steps in and...locks up the women...to protect them.
Something wrong with this picture, don't you think?
But then men are in control pretty much of religion, pretty much of the State, pretty much of Capital....pretty much the World.
Patriarchy an old fashioned out of date term? I don't think so. The struggle against patriarchy and the oppression of women always seems to be placed on hold by leftists until after...the revolution, after the fall of capital, after the destruction of the State, after the defeat of this or that. Hmmm...but then men have been pretty much in control of the left, too...hmmmm.
I have absolutely no confidence that the elimination of capitalism or the State means the emancipation automatically of women, no confidence at all.
The overthrow of male supremacy is a must...and this cannot be done by men who continue to enjoy the privileges provided by male supremacy.
The need, the very requirement of a radical, indeed revolutionary, and autonomous women's movement seems so obvious to me as to be unarguable.
Meanwhile in India the policing of women seems to be the answer to the raping of women. From Time via the Women's News Network comes the following...