tisdag, december 28, 2010

Sudanese policemen violates a woman

Most of you have probably seen this video from Sudan with a Sudanese woman who are being
whipped in public by two policemen, who on the same time laugh and obviously find it amusing and entertaining!

In this reportage she is said to be accused of wearing trouser under her burqa or niqab and this is - according to the Sharia laws in Sudan - regarded as being offensive.

All over the world - and during the course of time - women have gradually become more liberated and able to decide how to live their lives, with or without a man and on the same condition as men.
This even in - what I would call - 'backward countries' or regions where men decide according to old and obsolet laws and regulations, not being modified since the middle ages.

In many parliaments all over the world the representation of women is augmenting even though this development of course is more rapid in some than in other countries.

Historically men have always been in charge of legislation and interpretation not only of the secular laws but also the religious ones.
This means that women have had little if any possibility to control and verify that the interpretations made by men are as objective as possible reflecting more overbridging views and taking in consideration half of the population, that is to say the women.

It's obvious that men always have been particularly thorough making sure that they are being prioritized before women, both in secular legislation as well as religious.
This we can see in a historical perspective in Europe as well as in other places all over the world.

When it comes to religious laws - whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other belief system - many believers claim that their Holy Scriptures never have been interpretated or adapted to modern circumstances but this is of course totally impossible, historically wrong and not true.
I won't go into the reasons for this right now as it's a question that has been discussed widely and a change is coming about where intellectuals in different belief systems gradually adapt the fact that religious belief systems always have gone through gradual changes.

In the above case (the video) one uses the Quran and the Sharia' laws to claim that it's acceptable to whip a woman for no matter what she has done or is said to have done.
Those responsible for the interpretation of the Sharia' laws, in this as in other cases are of course men.
In this case the foremost representative of this legislation is the president, Omar al-Bashir.

Are men being whipped publically? Yes this probably happens but not for how they are dressed and it's much more arbitrary when it comes to the treatment of women.

In most religious systems, men have always been treated better than women from the above reasons I've mentioned.

In this case the whipping is not as much a result of uncultivated muslim men (or Christian or Jewish if that is the case) who have misunderstood the Quran, but rather of uncultivated muslim men who let their frustration over women and their awakening freedom and independence, result in this inappropriate behaviour.
On the same time these men 'discharge' their deepest sexual preferences and frustrations in a country ruled by laws that makes sex a taboo. In this way they are able to live out their sexual dreams and it's obvious that this amuses and excites them.

We can see this in any country in the world, where the patriarchal systems are strong or have been strong and where men oppose the growing female independance.
Even in countries where one might think that men and women are more 'enlightened' we find the same tendencies, though not always revealed in public in the same way.

Often we deal with men who are intellectually and educationally inferior to women, men who only seem to know one way to react towards womens lib' and this is by violence.
When one can find a legislative reason for using violence against women who are superior or autonomous, one do so, even if the reasons for doing so are questionable, to say the least.

In different discussion foras one can often find men in Europe, USA or other more 'modern' societies who declare that "women should be held firm and learn to obey the man".
This is also a reaction coming from men who are inferior to women - or other men - and the only way to 'give back' on women is - again - to use force and violence in language or in action.
Towards other men, being superior, one don't want to use force in the same way as one might get in to trouble but using it towards women is obviously - among this category of men - totally acceptable.

This is of course not only an anti-intellectual behavious but also a very cowardly one.

Men responsible for violence against women in order to push them back, should of course be dealt wiht harshly as there are no other reasons but inferiority complex, unreasonable fear, a sense of lack of power, using inappropriate means to punish women, resulting in this totally unacceptable behaviour.

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