Nov 282007

While Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisal has issued a statement saying that the sentencing of the woman who was gang raped will be reviewed, it is clear that he still doesn’t get it,

“”What is outraging about this case is that it is being used against the Saudi government and people,” he said without elaborating.”

Well allow me to elaborate. What is outrageous is a country that so severely restricts women’s rights and punishes them for being the victim. Could go on and on here, but the subject has already been addressed quite thoroughly in the last few weeks.

I have written about this several times now and have gotten a number of responses to the effect that why aren’t feminists saying anything, feminists should take the lead, yada yada.

First of all, feminists all over the globe are speaking out, a simple search will bear that out. But WTF–why the presumption that feminists should lead the charge. Isn’t misogynist violence something that all of us should be outraged about? Just because the victim of a human rights violation is a woman means that it is solely a feminist responsibility to speak out?

Second disturbing response, and this took place primarily over at Alternet when they reposted one of my blog entries–the comments are almost entirely about oil and whether or not Islam is a terrible religion–the misogyny is simply dismissed as incidental. This is something I have seen over and over again on topics such as this, where the violence against women is invisibilized and dismissed as not being the ‘real’ issue. And every time it happens, that violence is once again enabled by psuedo-liberals who are waiting for feminists to take the lead…

For those of you who have asked what can you do–write your elected officials, call the White House, and also see this post at WLUML for addresses of Saudi officials.

 November 28, 2007  Posted by on November 28, 2007

  2 Responses to “Saudi Rape Case Update–A Few Thoughts and Who Ya Gonna Call”

  1. If you want to protect this woman, call the Saudi Embassy at (202) 342-3800. Phone calls carry more weight than letters. And be respectful! Appealing to the best of Islamic values will go farther than some of the insults I’ve seen in the blogosphere lately.

  2. One of the conservative blogs quoted this blog and then its comments went on to to deride feminism and its not talking out about this subject. They equate feminism with the “left”. When will these partisan people start to realize that we have values, not a party line to toe. Their argument was that feminists and the left aren’t speaking out because speaking out against Saudi Arabia would be in support of a conservative idea.

    The irony about it was that THEY will not speak out when these things happen unless it has a political spin they can drive. If this was Christian women they wouldn’t care, but since it is an easy political swipe as well they all of a sudden care about women.

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