When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burqa rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her, but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. It’s not about the burqa. It’s about the coercion. Coercing a woman out of a burqa is as bad as coercing her into one. Viewing gender in this way, shorn of social, political and economic context, makes it an issue of identity, a battle of props and costumes. It is what allowed the US government to use western feminist groups as moral cover when it invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Afghan women were (and are) in terrible trouble under the Taliban. But dropping daisy-cutters on them was not going to solve their problems.”
by Arundhati Roy (via grrrlstudies
(Source: jahanzebjz, via sister-bell)
Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I’m proud of that…”
Tony Abbott, 2010 (via notonyabbott)
No Tony Abbott indeed.
STFU, Conservatives: eastafrodite: Almost a tenth of the women in Iraq are widows.I think...
Almost a tenth of the women in Iraq are widows.
I think the American public needs to be a bit more concerned about the imperialism our tax dollars sponsor that tear apart families and disempower women (financially and domestically) than whether or not a piece of cloth on a woman’s head is oppressive.
And maybe be a little more pissed about the number of people we’ve killed overseas with our tax dollars, instead of being angry that tax dollars are (kind of? not really? it’s private insurers because we didn’t get a single-payer option so actually it’s the insurance companies paying for it with money from your premiums, which most insurers already covered at least partially?) paying for birth control.
(Source: maarnayeri, via stfuconservatives)
Prior to the arrival of the British in India, land was not seen as a commodity which could be bought and sold. Notionally, the land belonged to the king and no one could be evicted from it. Kings showed concern for the peasantry and, when required, were prepared to live more frugally. Ranjit Singh, for instance, waived tax collections for a year, to compensate for lack of rains. The produce of the land was meanwhile shared by all the villagers.
Putting landed property exclusively in male hands, and holding the latter responsible for the payment of revenue had the effect of making the Indian male the dominant legal subject. The British further made the peasants pay revenue twice a year on a fixed date. Inability to pay would result in the land being auctioned off by the government. As a result, peasant were forced, during a bad year, to use their land as collateral to borrow from the moneylender, in order to pay taxes. Chronic indebtedness, instance, became the fate of a large number of peasants who possessed smallholding in Punjab. The British resolve to rationalize and modernize the revenue was particularly hard on women. From being co-partners in pre-colonial landholding arrangement, they found themselves denied all access to economic resources, turning them into dependents. In the event they faced marital problems, they were left with no legal entitlements whatsoever.
…Even more significant was the act that colonial administration replaced the indigenous version of democracy in which villagers had representatives with mechanisms of direct control. The British courts replaced the authority of the village panchayat with the patwari-the man who kept village records-by making him a paid employee of the state. This conferred enormous powers on someone who was earlier seen as a servant of the farmers.”
by How the British created the Dowry System in Punjab
: Interview with Veena Talwar Oldenburg, writer of ‘Dowry Murder, The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime’
Everyone wants to save the Muslim woman. Some want to put the hijab on me and save me; some want to take hijab off me and save me; some want to bomb us and save me. Just give me a break man! I can save myself! I don’t need Western imperialism to save me or Western feminism riding on the coattails of Western imperialism to save me. I can save myself.”
Uzma Shakir (Activist)
THANK YOU OH MY GOD
(Source: actingareaction, via grrrl-gear)