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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Will Iraqi women have fewer rights?

I wrote before how the male religious leadership got women MP's elected so that they can push for less women rights without making the men look , ehh, sexist. Well, while the new constitution isn't finalized yet, it seems like their efforts are meeting some success. Rats!


At 7/28/2005 07:20:00 PM, Anonymous bunyip said...

This is how it was reported in Australia. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16070001%255E2703,00.html

IMHO,being born a human female or human male is not a cultural tradition, its a fact of life and reproduction. It’s what happens to you afterwards that is called ‘culture’ and ‘religion’.

Despite what they may think, men do not ultimately benefit from banning women from existence, in fact they suffer greatly for it and in so many, very different ways.

In the world today we still see places where there are just too many males clustering together in groups without the natural company of women and children. This clustering seems to create much shouting and disagreements, produce concentrated areas of violence, power or ego struggles, fanatical and illogical thoughts, an increase in superstitious and backward rituals and also, very poor economic progress. Overall, repression or control of women stunts growth and progress in men as well as in the society as a whole.

One change for the better in daily life, is to make sure that all men, young and old, participate daily at home and that women participate daily in public life. This will balance the tendency for males to become very one-eyed and narrow in their opinions, and the tendency for women to sit back and accept disadvantage passively because they don’t want to resort to ugly violence like men so often do.

Also in daily life, both men and women need to share the task of feeding, clothing, caring and teaching their children or siblings, and they also need to share in the governance of their own country so that the laws & the practice of enforcement become fair and kind to all. It would be a good idea to ask boys and men particularly to participate widely in organised sport (especially team sports) etc, rather than join the army or political groupings. If they can join in such physical activities regularly they may be just too worn out every day to have the energy to sit and plot and plan dangerous things. Hopefully they will also learn to like other people a lot more, learn to control their emotions and make more friends thus becoming less willing to act aggressively against one another for stupid reasons. History shows that it is probably a sensible idea to keep most men occupied with useful and interesting tasks as otherwise they can become obsessive about silly ideas and ruin everything for others.

On the bewildering support of repression by some women: It is probably impossible to demand that a completely under-educated under-resourced woman, in poor or difficult circumstances with children to look after, who has been raised in an environment of unnatural terror against her very natural existence, and brainwashed to be humble and obedient to another human of a different sex, should simply rise up and claim what is rightfully hers.

Of course, such a phenomenon can happen but it is more likely that leaders of great strength of purpose in that country will rise up to correct the wrongs being done to women because they know that the victims of such appalling and long term social engineering simply cannot achieve it all themselves.


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