I do not agree with arresting Cindy Sheehan at the House Gallery the other night but I do agree with booting her out for one reason--she is clearly an unstable person and a security risk. hat was Beverly Young thinking when she invited her? Well she wasn't thinking, but I bet next time she will.
I watched an episode of Law & Order recently that angered me. A woman had come to America from Afghanistan with her brother and parents, her father was a diplomatic attache in NYC. She left her family, began immensing herself into western culture and fell in love and became engaged to an American man who was also born and raised in Afghanistan. Because the woman had refused to marry the man her father pledged her to, the son of an important Afghani businessman, and because had dishonored the family by having sex with a man who was not her husband, the father forced his son to kill his sister. Then father and son dumped the body. The son, when caught, claimed he was proud to do it because it brought honor to his family. And then it came to light that in the Middle East, in one year 60% of the killings in Gaza were honor killings and that it is thought the more brutal the honor killing the more honor that is brought back to the family. In some areas, women are put in prison to protect them from the families who try to murder them.
The mother testified at her son's trial and later on, the son was convicted of murdering his sister, the father slit his wife's throat and left her in their hotel, while he fled back to Afghanistan.
And then it hit me that this has been going on forever. Not all men are like this but since the beginning of human era, men have dominated women, kept them submissive, kept them from education, from owning property, from having rights. Women were and are still today treated as second class citizens. Women in America do not generally receive the same rate of pay as men for the same job performed in the same amount of time.
There isn't a period in history where men weren't treating women as second-class citizens. It happened in every country in the world including America. Women were looked like slaves, they cooked, cleaned, had babies, took care of the children, and had absolutely no rights, no opinions, no voice. And in many parts of the world it is still like that. It would be like that in America today had there not been women strong enough to stand up and fight. As long as you can keep a person uneducated and dumb you can control them. I mean geez, it took this country 140 years to decide to give women the right to vote.
This isn't a "white man" thing either, it's an "every man" thing. I know not all men are like this, but for the most part, over the course of world history, most men were just like this. There are many in America like this and many many millions around the world.
In China, even though slowly the policies might be changing (probably because a shortage of girls will come back to haunt China in the future), it is said that abortion of baby girls is common place and 500,000 girls have disappeared through infanticide. Also, girls receive less care and attention and many do not survive past their first birthday. Households with more than one daughter and no sons are likely to cause the death of one of the daughters.
In Africa, young girls are orphaned, many beacuse of AIDS, and so they trade sex for money to take care of themselves and their siblings. Baby girls, young girls, teenagers and women are raped repeatedly by male members of the family, strangers and enemies from other tribes.
In the Middle East, men of the family require control over their women. Women are considered babymaking machines, they have no voice, no rights, no say in the matter. They have little education and are not allowed the right to own property. The men in the family control everything. Women who have been raped are put to death as a means of restoring honor to the family. Maintaining honor is the burden of the woman and she alone bears the consequences if something happens to her which brings dishonor even if she did not consent.
What gets me is the Muslim men who bring their families to America or come here alone and meet women native to their country and expect to continue the treatment of these women as they did back in the Middle East. These men want their freedom but the women in their family are not entitled to it. They are required to behave exactly as they did in their native country.
I am not angry with men in general, how could I be? Most men I know or have ever known are good decent family men who honor the women in their lives. It's just that when you look at the whole picture in general from the beginning of time to the present day, much has changed while sadly much has still remained the same.