Friday, November 26, 2010

Nov. 25th, 2010: The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

image is from here

What follows is an edited version of a post I found on the blog Too Much To Say For Myself. Please click on the title just below to link back for the full post. It is about graphic violence against women perpetrated by men.

It’s the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


WITH NO IMMEDIATE CAUSEby Ntozake Shange
every 3 minutes a woman is beaten
every five minutes a
woman is raped/every ten minutes
a lil girl is molested
yet I rode on the subway today
i sat next to an old man who
may have beaten his old wife
3 minutes ago or 3 days/30 years ago
he might have sodomized his
daughter but i sat there
cuz the young men on the train
might beat some young women
later in the day or tomorrow
i might not shut my door fast
enuf/push hard enuf
every 3 minutes it happens
some woman’s innocence
rushes to her cheeks/pours from her mouth
like the betsy wetsy dolls have been torn
apart/their mouths
menses red & split/every
three minutes a shoulder
is jammed through plaster and the oven door/
chairs push thru the rib cage/hot water or
boiling sperm decorate her body
i rode the subway today
& bought a paper from a
man who might
have held his old lady onto
a hot pressing iron/i don’t know
maybe he catches lil girls in the
park & rips open their behinds
with steel rods/i can’t decide
what he might have done i only
know every 3 minutes
every 5 minutes every 10 minutes/so
i bought the paper
looking for the announcement
the discovery/of the dismembered
woman’s body/the
victims have not all been
identified/today they are
naked and dead/refuse to
testify/one girl out of 10′s not
coherent/i took the coffee
& spit it up/i found an
announcement/not the woman’s
bloated body in the river/floating
not the child bleeding in the
59th street corridor/not the baby
broken on the floor/
“there is some concern
that alleged battered women
might start to murder
their husbands & lovers with no
immediate cause”
i spit up i vomit i am screaming
we all have immediate cause
every 3 minutes
every 5 minutes
every 10 minutes
every day
women’s bodies are found
in alleys & bedrooms/at the top of the stairs
before i ride the subway/buy a paper/drink
coffee/i must know/
have you hurt a woman today
did you beat a woman today
throw a child across a room
are the lil girl’s panties
in yr pocket
did you hurt a woman today
i have to ask these obscene questions
the authorities require me to
establish
immediate cause
every three minutes
every five minutes
every ten minutes
every day.

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Rape Poem – by Marge Piercy
There is no difference between being raped
And being pushed down a flight of cement steps
Except that the wounds also bleed inside.
There is no difference between being raped
And being run over by a truck
Except that afterward men ask if you enjoyed it.
There is no difference between being raped
And being bit on the ankle by a rattlesnake
Except that people ask if your skirt was short
And why you were out anyhow.
There is no difference between being raped
And going head first through a windshield
Except that afterward you are afraid
not of cars,
But half the human race.
The rapist is your boyfriend’s brother.
He sits beside you in the movies eating popcorn.
Rape fattens on the fantasies of the “normal” male
Like a maggot in garbage.
Fear of rape is a cold wind blowing
All of the time on a woman’s hunched back.
Never to stroll alone on a sand road through pine woods,
Never to climb a trail across a bald
Without that aluminium in the mouth
When I see a man climbing toward me.
Never to open the door to a knock
Without that razor just grazing the throat.
The fear of the dark side of the hedges,
The back seat of the car, the empty house
Rattling keys like a snake’s warning.
The fear of the smiling man
in whose pocket is a knife.
The fear of the serious man
In whose fist is locked hatred.
All it takes to cast a rapist is seeing your body
As jackhammer, as blowtorch, as adding-machine-gun.
All it takes is hating that body
Your own, your self, your muscle that softens to flab.
All it takes is to push what you hate,
What you fear onto the soft alien flesh.
To bucket out invincible as a tank
Armoured with treads without senses
To possess and punish in one act,
To rip up pleasure, to murder those who dare
Live in the leafy flesh open to love.
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From Are Women Human – by Catharine A MacKinnon

“If women were human, would we be a cash crop shipped from Thailand in containers into New York’s brothels? Would we be sexual and reproductive slaves? Would we be bred, worked without pay our whole lives, burned when our dowry money wasn’t enough or when men tired of us, starved as widows when our husbands died (if we survived his funeral pyre), sold for sex because we are not valued for anything else? Would we be sold into marriage to priests to atone for our family’s sins or to improve our family’s earthly prospects? Would we, when allowed to work for pay, be made to work at the most menial jobs and exploited at barely starvation level? Would we have our genitals sliced out to “cleanse” us (our body parts are dirt?), to control us, to mark us and define our cultures? Would we be trafficked as things for sexual use and entertainment worldwide in whatever form current technology makes possible? Would we be kept from learning to read and write?

If women were human, would we have so little voice in public deliberations and in government in the countries where we live? Would we be hidden behind veils and imprisoned in houses and stoned and shot for refusing? Would we be beaten nearly to death, and to death, by men with whom we are close? Would we be sexually molested in our families? Would we be raped in genocide to terrorize and eject and destroy our ethnic communities, and raped again in that undeclared war that goes on every day in every country in the world in what is called peacetime? If women were human, would our violation be enjoyed by our violators? And, if we were human, when these things happened, would virtually nothing be done about it?”

Charlie Sheen is at least Two and a Half Racist Procuring Pricks. He's a Very Rich, Powerful Het Man who feels Completely Entitled to Have Sex With Raped and Rented Women. What kind of "man" is that? And why Is CBS-TV paying him milllions per week to be a misogynist and get fucked up on illegal drugs? Could it be because they only care about making money, and not at all about men threatening and terrorising women?

"Alleged" Scumbag Charlie Sheen photo is from here
Charlie Sheen is a terribly normal man, a "good" man according to many, a "wronged" man who is exercising his many uncivil liberties in a country in which some are enslaved and sold and rented and raped so that others may be free to be slavers, traffickers, pimps, procurers, and rapists. What are women to do?

Denise Richards is not free to speak out honestly about all she knows that her ex-husband and the father of her children does to other women. No woman is free to speak out against him without his lawyers filing lawsuits to shut them up. Denise, specifically, has to look out for her children who do spend time with the celebrity king of pro-pimp procurers, Charlie Sheen. Any other woman who Charlie has abused or exploited knows that the millions of dollars he earns on a weekly basis from playing a procuring prick, will be used to pay very powerful lawyers to silence anyone who tells the truth about what he does behind closed doors, with drugs and raped women. The women Charlie prefers to have sex with are women who have been pimped or raped. Those are his "women of choice".

Charlie Sheen's behavior towards women historically and presently is about as despicable and terroristic as it gets, yet he can be portrayed in national media as an innocent guy, as "a victim" of someone, Capri Anderson, who was threatened and terrorised by him in a room at the Plaza Hotel. He continues to be paid MILLIONS per week for playing a procuring asshole bastard scumbag on television, and staying in character when the cameras aren't rolling.

Here's the overt misogyny of a typical episode of the show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8o3ubcJh0c&feature=related

If you're not thrilled that CBS is paying an abuser of women millions of dollars, you might let them know here:
http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php

He and Mel Gibson should never work in Hollywood again.

To Charlie Sheen: go fuck yourself and stay away from all girls and women, if you care about humanity at all. I'm not assuming you do, however. I'm not assuming you care about anything more than getting your fat paycheck and being able to use a tiny percentage of it to terrorise women and snort coke.

And if you're really upset that some women are accusing you of extortion, why don't you try not renting and fucking raped women? That'd be a new venture for you, wouldn't it? Treating all women with respect and dignity?

You're a rich mutherfucking thug and a man-boy bully. Why it is you're allowed to be on television in a weekly comedy series is beyond comprehension or any ethical standard of human decency. I hope your father tells you what an incredibly self-absorbed and abusive prick you are being, and that you listen to him. It's clear you won't listen to women who wish for you to take your hands off their throats, symbolically and otherwise.

Oh, and he's one racist mutherfucker too (as all misogynists are). What follows just below is from *here*.
Reportedly, Anderson returned to the dining table, but Sheen did not. Sheen's assistant went to the bathroom to check on him and " when the assistant opened the door, there was Charlie standing there naked with cocaine all over his face! He was delusional and just completely lost. Totally out of it," Radar states.

The 'Two and a Half Men' star's delusional state carried over to his hotel suite. The online celeb news source reports that Sheen got naked again and not only completely trashed his room, but threatened Anderson to the point where she had to lock herself in the bathroom.

During the wildin' out, he spewed the N-word incessantly
:

"He was punching the walls of the hotel room and going crazy and shouting 'n**ger, n**ger, n**ger for no reason at all," according to Radar.

When police arrived at the scene, they cloaked the star of 'Platoon,' 'Wall Street' and 'Hot Shots' and took him to a nearby hospital.

Clearly, Sheen has an affinity for the N-word.

A few years ago during his divorce from his Richards, Sheen went on another one of his crackish rants and reportedly called Richards a "f**king n**ger," and it was all caught on voice mail.

He tried exercising a little damage control by using the ole some-of-my-best-friends-are-black excuse to clean up his very public mess. Ironically, the best man at two of his weddings was actor Tony Todd, an African American.

And just in case you're unfamiliar with other parts of this story, here's some more information for you. Please click on the title to link to the source website.

New York Cops Want to Interview Charlie Sheen

11/24/2010 10:05 AM PST by TMZ Staff

New York detectives have made contact with Charlie Sheen's rep, asking for an interview with the famous Plaza Hotel guest.

Charlie Sheen Police

We're told detectives contacted Charlie's manager, Mark Burg, and asked for the interview in connection with the criminal complaint filed by Capri Anderson. 

Charlie's lawyer, Yale Galanter, would not comment on whether he will make Charlie available.  Galanter did tell TMZ ... after detectives reached out to Burg, he called detectives back and gave them some info on the case.

Galanter says he'll be speaking with cops again after Thanksgiving and will then make a decision on whether he, Charlie, or a combination thereof will fly to NYC for an interview.

What and Who is The Enemy??? (pick two) Yanar Mohammed, Women's Freedom in Iraq, Trafficking and Prostitution of Women by Men, or Male Supremacy



It is beyond disgraceful and disgusting that there are men who are claiming that Yanar Mohammed and her efforts with many, many women and girls to assist girls and women  getting out of systems of slavery, trafficking, and prostitution--each one linked inextricably to the other--is "the enemy". It is horrifying that her life is threatened by pimps, procurers, male supremacist politicians and thugs, including very, very rich white het men like Charlie Sheen from the West are able to (and do) procure or enslave--rent or sell--women and girls from around the world.

Yanar's work is focused in Iraq but the problem of men renting, selling, and owning girls and women is global. It is a problem anywhere and everywhere that men like Charlie Sheen believe they have a right to rent raped women for men's experience of "sex".

Why is it that Yanar Mohammed's life is threatened, while Charlie Sheen is paid millions per week to play a procuring pro-pimp sexual exploiter and abuser on television, and also, dangerously, when not on television?

More power and protection to Yanar and all the women and girls around the world who are working diligently for women's freedom, and less power and protection to the men who use and abuse women and girls as sexxx-things.

Anuradha Koirala of Maiti Nepal declared CNN Hero of the year 2010

image of Maiti Nepal logo is from here



 

The source for what is above and for what follows is here: http://www.maitinepal.org/ and also specifically from *here*. Congratulations to Anuradha Koirala. May your great work continue until there is no more sexual trafficking of girls and women.

Anuradha Koirala declared CNN Hero of the year 2010- Heartfelt thanks to all the on line voters, well wishers, partners and supporters!!! - 2010-11-22

Anuradha Koirala the chairperson of Maiti Nepal, and a crusador known for her anti human trafficking drive through her non profit making organization Maiti Nepal, has been named the 2010 CNN Hero of the year. This is the first time a Nepali bagged the prestigious international award.

CNN's Anderson Cooper announced the result at the conclusion of the fourth-annual CNN Heroes: An All- Star Tribute, from the Shrine Audiotorium amid a gala event in Los Angelos, California, before an audience of nearly 5,000 .

Anuradha Koirala was chosen by the public in an on line poll that ran for eight weeks on CNN.com. Koirala was introduced by actress Demi Moore, who along with her husband, Ashton Kutcher, created DNA, The Demi and Ashton Foundation, which aims to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide.

" Everyday this woman confronts the worst of what humanity has to offer," Moore said of Koirala.

Maiti Nepal is best known for its mission to curb women trafficking from Nepal to the sex industries abroad, and the rescue and rehabilitation of over 12,000 victims.

Maiti Nepal at this moment of bliss thanks all of its supporters, voters, partners and well wishers for being with us during the entire campaign it has initiated.