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[Paul Lismore] THE CHARADE KNOWN AS 'JOURNEE INTERNATIONALE DE LA FEMME'...


Rédigé par Paul Lismore le Vendredi 8 Mars 2019



I saw something written by the Bangla Deshi author, Taslima Nasrin, about today's event, which many women are desperately latching on to show how 'feminist' they are, and how they are so imbued with female solidarity that they find it difficult to swallow even a drop of the expensive cocktail they are sharing in swanky bars with other well off female warriors...or the one day a year when Macho Man makes all sorts of crazy amalgam about daughters, mothers, respect for women, etc etc whilst eyeing the shapely bottom sashaying down the corridors of big halls where women are being celebrated by long, boring speeches given by men.

Yes, the one day a year when we suddenly remember all the trite sayings about womanhood, how mothers gave birth, etc...and hardly anyone will mention the rather embarrassing fact that women are in the majority in our society, and yet very few reach the top either in the private or in the public sector; where 52% of the population find themselves represented by perhaps 10 of them in a National Assembly of 70, and those 10 are like frightened rabbits too scared to say anything that does not glorify the male leaders; where all sorts of gender equality/equal opportunity laws are passed only for those charged with implementing those laws are either too stupid or too incompetent or too cowardly to effect any meaningful changes; where many women suffer from domestic violence and where the so called 'protection orders' have as much value as a promise of one of the richest men on the island, the owner of Palmar Ltee, to his loyal and mostly female workforce that he will pay them what he owes them, but can't because he is so poor.

Where women are battered and murdered in the home only for the learned 'brothers' of the legal industry to often inexplicably reduce clear murder charges to one of 'coups et blessures', simply  because the poor pet has decided to plead guilty to the much lesser charge, and will therefore receive a much shorter sentence....

Yes, let us wish to "all the women out there" (which seems to be the automatic cry of many seeking some attention today...) a happy day today. Fuck tomorrow and the day after that, as next year we will all celebrate one day for women...and feel inordinately proud that we have shown true sisterhood on the special day...

Pravin Jugnauth could not even avoid the one day officially designated for women to try to get some cheap votes. "  «Tan ki mo la mo pou asiré ki bann madam ek tifi zot kondision pou amélioré ...  Mo destin dan ou la main. Mo pensé zot koné ki bizin fer »...in order words, vote for me, sinon sa boug Ramgoolam la pou dessire mo tonkin... 

Taslima Nasrin is an author of magazine columns, poems, and fiction, and began publishing her writings in the 1970s. She wrote withering diatribes against the oppression of women, and the societies that she felt made them virtually the chattel of men. Her subject matter became increasingly sexual, and her condemnation of men was unrelenting. Contrary to normal  practice in her native Bangla Desh, she wore her hair short and smoked cigarettes, and she eschewed traditional Muslim dress.

Her writing and behaviour enraged and offended strict Muslims, and in 1992 groups of those who objected to her work attacked bookstores in Dhaka that had made her books available.

In 1993 Nasrin became an international cause célèbre when a fatwa, i.e. a death sentence, was issued against her in reaction to her novel Lajja (1993, translated as Shame), which depicts the persecution of a Hindu family by Muslims. 

A bounty was offered to anyone who would kill her. The government called for her arrest, invoking a 19th-century blasphemy law. After about two months in hiding, Nasrin appeared in court. She was released on bail and allowed to keep her passport. A few days later, she left the country to find sanctuary in Sweden.

There she remained in hiding, until she moved to India in 2004, but her presence was sharply criticized by Islamists there. In 2007 the city of Kolkata (as Calcutta was known after 2001) erupted into riots as Islamists demanded that she be forced to leave the country. Nasrin then fled to the United States, where she still remains and writes.

This is what she said about Today's International Day for Women: 
" 364 days for men. 1 day for women. Lets celebrate this day. Is it possible for men to not kill,rape, harass, oppress,abuse, torture, hate, humiliate, insult women only for 1 day? Not possible we all know. But at least try."
~ Taslima Nasreeen  


That is the reality of International Women's Day: a charade for impostors and charlatans of both sexes to wax lyrical about womanhood whilst doing hardly anything to improve the quality of life of the vast majority of women for the remaining 364 days.

Vendredi 8 Mars 2019

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