The Shouty Woman

May 2, 2006

Protest

Filed under: Feminism — by Lucy @ 9:45 pm

You may have already read at Laurelin's that a group of feminists met at Southwark Crown Court on 28th April to protest against reductions in sentencing for rape and domestic violence cases. There were about 12 of us altogether, including Laurelin, Laura and Witchy-Woo; it was amazing to meet people in the flesh after getting to know them through their blogs.

Although there were relatively few of us, we made a lot of noise chanting our slogans – it certainly got people's attention, even if that attention was often of the sneering/ laughing variety. How people can laugh at rape I don't know, but then I am one of those humourless feminazis, so perhaps I just didn't get the joke. It was especially unfunny given that a young rape victim actually joined the protest – her case was heartbreaking, and really brought home to me what we're fighting for. Luckily though not all the attention was negative, and we even got a few smiles and waves from the busloads of Japanese tourists that inexplicably kept driving past!

After my black mood last week it felt fantastic to be doing something real and active to make my voice heard, and I hope to go to plenty more protests in future.

On another positive note, here's a fabulous article from Johann Hari on the dangers of moral relativism. Too many feminists are willing to excuse practices such as female circumcision on the grounds that we shouldn't criticise other cultures. This just doesn't make sense to me; as feminists, surely our aim should be to end women's pain, not to condone it? Yes, Western society has its own hideous problems, but that's no excuse for ignoring the suffering of those who live different lives.

“Some people get caught up in thinking of this in terms of imperialism or relativism or multiculturalism…They forget that behind these isms there is a little girl being attacked with a razor-blade.”

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2 Comments »

  1. Here in the U.S. one of the big problems is the number of rape kits sitting in storage, never processed. It makes me wonder how many would have a DNA match if processed.

    Comment by haikushoe — May 2, 2006 @ 9:56 pm |Reply

  2. That’s appalling – it’s yet more proof that rape simply isn’t taken seriously as a crime.

    Comment by Lucy — May 2, 2006 @ 9:58 pm |Reply


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