Warning: the following story will make you vomit with rage. I suggest you either grab a sturdy bucket, or skip this post and look at these puppies:
Ok. Got your bucket? Good. Here we go:
Their tormenters? Ultra-orthodox. The insults are about sluttishness, immodesty – startling references to the way the family is dressed, which is conservative, but not conservative enough for the protesters.
Oh gee! WHAT A SHOCK! Insular religious morons are calling women sluts and battering them for having the audacity to go to school. Oh, did I say women? I meant little girls:
“They’ve been throwing eggs, tomatoes, feces, um, and then also stones at people. The kids come down in the middle of the night with nightmares. My daughter asks every day, are they out there?”
Let’s play: What’s that patriarchy?
If you guessed “Judaism,” YOU WIN +5 internets.
This is an extreme manifestation of rape culture, where accusations of immodesty can and will and ARE being used to justify physical attacks on these girls’ bodies, to threaten them into staying home, and to otherwise terrorize them for having the temerity to be in public while female. Notice how their objection is supposedly to being beset by the sight of girls “sluttish” bodies, yet not one of them puts on a blindfold. None of them take responsibility for their obsessive ephebophilia. None of them consider it would be easier for them to look away, than for girls to stop existing.
They say, “It’s just our religion.”
The psychosis of those screaming man-children is not the religion of the young girls going to school. They are not men’s property, existing to be perpetually ignorant wife-slaves, fearful of arousing the lust of another man. These men are terrorists, and should be treated as such – arrested, confined in a mental institution until they abandon their delusions and are no longer a threat to others.
This is in Israel. But this is in New York.
Precious Jewish daughter, please move to the side when a man approaches.
This is why we can’t turn a blind eye to fundamentalism, to these fascistic attacks on women and girls’ right to freedom of movement, to individual expression and to self-determination. When you see a population that uses slut-shaming to coerce women into dressing “modestly” (barf), and uses threats of mob violence to enforce absurd restrictions on education for girls, don’t say, “Oh, it’s just their religion.”
“It’s just our religion” is the perennial defense to accusations of misogyny. A defender of the sign said so himself:
“The signs don’t bother anybody,” said Abraham Klein, 18. “Men and ladies don’t go together. It’s just our religion.”
Hey, Abraham: they bother me. A lot. They don’t bother you because you aren’t the one being oppressed. They bother me because oppression is experienced by its target as hatred. Telling me I am a “precious daughter” puts any stupid 18 year old boy in a position of parental authority over me, condescends to me, and the insults me unforgivably by demanding I make way for his majesty.
It is not just your religion to tell me what to do. It is your imagined authority by dint of your cock. If you don’t want men and ladies to go together because it’s just your religion, then I have a suggestion for you: YOU move out the way when you see a woman coming.
Ha, I think to myself, like you’ll ever see a woman coming…