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International Women's Day.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Aug 2004, 20:49
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Post 08 Mar 2014, 13:06
Happy International Women's Day, comrades.
Are there any events in your area, or articles you'd like to share?

I would like to share this article about sex-selective infanticide in India:

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In the past two months, the plight of India's women has been gaining widespread public awareness in the UK. Fierce domestic protest has followed the rape and murder of an un-named young woman in Delhi last December. Such crimes persist even in the Western world and these have once more shone the spotlight on the regressive and patriarchal attitudes that still prevail against women today.

The Delhi rape case has been a particularly stark realisation for people in the UK, where India is mostly seen as both a booming international market, and an increasingly modern, innovative nation.

Yet along with the rest of the world, people in Britain have had to face the uncomfortable truth that South Asia remains stuck firmly in the past in how women are treated, and with regard to their role in society.

As the five men accused of December's abduction, rape and murder come to trial, however, there is a danger that some of the broader issues underlying the way India's women are treated go unnoticed.

Not many in the UK, for instance, would realize that 2.8million girls in India have gone missing in the last 20 years.

Whereas in 1991, there were 947 girls for every 1000 boys, last year that number had fallen to 914. The cause is simple - sex selective abortions, and the murder of infants.

Abortion, legal in India since 1971, is now being illegally gender-targeted. This is enabling the purposeful extermination of the female population in India.

As an UN report showed last year, India is the most dangerous place in the world to be born a girl. From 2000-2010, there were 56 deaths among boys aged one-five for every 100 among girls.

There are a number of reasons why India, which venerates Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, Arts & Science, continues to nurture a culture of hatred towards its daughters, born and unborn.

While sons ensure the continuation of the family name, daughters are seen as guests within their own family, until they can marry and join their husband's family. Moreover, the continuing practice of dowry feeds the perception that sons are profitable since they bring income to the family through marriage, and daughters a financial burden for the opposite reason.

Such attitudes are the foundation of the brutal realities of foeticide and infanticide, and the well of often-violent misogyny that is finally being brought to the attention of people in the UK and across the world.

For Dr Manhoman Singh, in many ways a reforming Indian prime minister, female foeticide and infanticide is a scourge that has been difficult to fight and eradicate, with dire consequences.

I am calling on Dr Singh to take concrete measures to combat the growing horror of foeticide and infanticide in India. In the first instance, the law against marriage payments must be strengthened. The practice of dowry, under which the family of a woman who is marrying offers a form of payment or gift to the husband, has been illegal for over 50 years, but is not yet defunct.

The existing 1961 law needs to be strengthened, and the penal sentences increased, to wipe out use of dowries and prevent women being treated as commodities. Inheritance laws across all religions also need to be brought in line with the 2004 Hindu Succession Act, giving daughters an equal stake in family property.

The government can further take action against the illegal clinics that offer sex-selective abortions, to remove the opportunities for couples who seek to determine the sex of their baby, and terminate a female pregnancy.

If such steps - designed to target inherently misogynistic attitudes and family cultures - are not taken, India will fail in curbing incidences of brutal violence against women, such as those that have gained worldwide attention in recent months.

Beyond legal action, a new culture in Indian education is needed to change perceptions about women, and ensure the next generation escapes the mindset of its parents.

With the world watching, the Indian government must seize the moment and take decisive action towards changing the way the country thinks about women. That is what the country needs, and the international community rightly expects.

Namrata is an ambassador for One Young World, the charity that hosts a global youth forum. As part of the most recent One Young World summit, she won a competition to write an open letter to a global leader suggesting how they could do better in combating a particular issue. Namrata's letter to Dr Manmohan Singh, on female foeticide and infaniticde in India, was judged the most powerful by a panel including Sir Bob Geldof and Fatima Bhutto.


Anyone who denies there's a global problem of prejudice against women to the point of people carrying out sex-selective extermination on such a large scale are likely misogynists we should be at the very forefront of pointing out. The same people would be going on about "When's International Men's Day then?" (November 19th, FYI) and "WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY!? WOMEN'S DAY?! BULLSHIT!", especially today of all days on and across various social media websites and blogs.

The fact of the matter is that there's a long, long way to go to even get legal, economic, cultural and social equality - to achieve parity between men and women - which doesn't deny that men and women are fundamentally different. I really don't think the style of feminism that states women should be as oppressive and class-based as much as the current, largely masculine and bourgeois state of affairs is, it reminds me of that quotation at the start of Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" in which he says:

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...almost always, during the initial stage of the struggle, the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors, or “sub-oppressors.” The very structure of their thought has been conditioned by the contradictions of the concrete, existential situation by which they were shaped. Their ideal is to be men; but for them, to be men is to be oppressors. This is their model of humanity. ...during the initial stage of their struggle the oppressed find in the oppressor their model of “manhood.


Aping an oppressive structure is no guarantee of freedom at all. There is simply a dialogic relationship between the ruling ideology and its class agents, and those who are oppressed and actually implicated in following that particular mode of thinking - in a sense, a social movement based on thinking and acting like this is regressive as it doesn't really challenge the form, but merely the content. Where should feminism go from here?
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Post 08 Mar 2014, 13:49
Nothing to say really, except Happy 8th of March to any female comrades and friends! Guys, be sure to congratulate your mothers, sisters, and loved ones, and to remind them how much they mean to you, and how much you appreciate them, as women!
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Post 09 Mar 2014, 00:59
I live in a place with much inequality, because of traditional "values", and because of economic inequality, generated partly because of the liberal "equality" that denies the social task of childbirth and child rearing.

Tourism is the main industry here, which means hotels and restaurants with rotating shifts located in "exclusive" areas far away from the misery belts they create through job migration. This means, of course, long commute times, and difficulty in finding day cares for the changing work schedules that hotels impose.

It's a common practice here to ask for full availability, because they change your shift without much notice, which complicates things even more, when it comes to family.

Another thing that tourism brings is prostitution. There are several brothels disguised as spas or as nightclubs with indentured women brought from other impoverished states or from abroad (Cuba and Colombia, mainly). The people who run these networks are deep in the government (one heads a union, another is an Argentinian torturer who bring "entertainment" to government officials). It's a sad, sad affair.
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Post 09 Mar 2014, 02:16
I suppose that, here in the U.S., the biggest story concerning women is the rise of female candidates to extremely high offices. Hilary Clinton is all but assured to run for President in 2016. Republicans are already necroposting the Monica Lewinsky scandal in an effort to forestall that possibility. The interesting thing is that they don't have a serious female candidate of their own to offer, which only drives yet another nail in their coffin by confirming them yet again as the Party Of Grumpy Old White Men. The Teatards do have Palin and Michelle Bachman, but they just don't cut it with sober minded voters.
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