Tuesday, February 15, 2011

the non-violent meme

There have been these stories about how wonderfully non-abusive
egyptian protestors have been, especially towards the women
protestors. it sounds familiar, a story i've heard before. our boys
aren't abusive, they're good
progressives/democrats/revolutionaries/christians/whatever. I read
these stories with one eyebrow cocked. and then today the story of
laura logan's rape and beating was released by cbs. i don't know who
attacked her, jubilant protestors, the military, the police? but it
was decidedly not non-violent. the murders of protestors at the hands
of police are not non-violent. The beatings and detainment of press
and protestors are not non-violent. it is irresponsible to call this a
non-violent uprising, even though the protestors were non-violent. we
have to remember that. we have to know the risks of violence that
non-violence includes, especially if we are female. that doesn't make
non-violence any less important but it does diminish the risk and the
sacrifice when we don't acknowledge them.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.
Willem de Kooning

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