It takes some guts to get in front of a hostile, self-righteous group of powerful abusers even when just naming the false and exposing something true.
It takes some guts, precisely, to get in front of a hostile and self-righteous group of powerful abusers to tell them you will not be monitored or controlled; to tell them that privilege is the rightful possession of a citizen, not a privilege of the self-serving representative who serves the citizen. You’d think that a person wouldn’t have to do that in the “Land of the free and home of the brave” (and all that stuff).
Forget about guns, the battle to fight will have to be fought by women, sometimes against other women, for an assertion of the right to simple, bodily autonomy. Exposing what is false isn’t painless and has a cost.
In Saudi Arabia, this week, two women will appeal a guilty charge of takhbib, “inciting a wife to defy her husband’s authority” for which the punishment is a prison sentence and a restriction on international travel. The crime they had committed involved assisting a woman in leaving her own prison at home so she could be allowed to eat.
In Texas, meanwhile, as Sarah Slamen was forcibly removed by four (male) state troopers upon the order of Republican State Senator Jane Nelson. Slame added, before being pulled too far from the microphone to be heard:
“This is a farce. The Texas legislature is a bunch of liars. It’s a low bar that you hold yourself to that you simply allowed us to speak.”
The difference between Texas and Saudi Arabia is only one of degrees. The Republican Party of Texas is doing everything in their power, currently, to forcefully push for greater punitive measures against women. To what end?
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