Tags: pakistan tour

31 Aug 2008, Comments Off

Buried alive

Author: Helen

Here’s a fine serve of boiling hot anger from Twisty about a report coming out of Pakistan. It’s unbelievable that any government officebearer, of any nation, could try to defend this. In 2008.

…This pretty much defines the global humanitarian crisis that we routinely downplay as “patriarchy.”

Hold onto your hats.

Balochistan Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri stunned the upper house on Friday when he defended the recent incident of burying alive three teenage girls and two women in his province, saying it was part of “our tribal custom.” [cite]

The justification for this appalling hate crime? The women wanted “to marry of their own will.”
The fiends perpetrating this savagery — a group that apparently included some village bigwigs — first wounded the women with gunshots, “in the name of honour.”

I will give you a moment to digest the unspeakable horror.

Of course, Twisty should not be writing like this, as according to the Great Narrative of Strawfeminism™, she should be excusing the killers on the grounds of cultural sensitivity. However, Twisty, like the rest of the feminist blogosphere, doesn’t care about the Great Narrative and just gets in there with her boots. (See also.)

You know, I have great trouble finding all these feminists who want to excuse etc., etc. I just can’t find them. It’s true that, my time being limited, my feminist blog- and book reading tends to be limited to people who I think are intelligent and have something worthwhile to say. But it does appear to my simple reality-based mind that feminists in general condemn these things just as you would expect they would. Not wanting to bomb the country in question doesn’t count, in my book.

You might like to send a terse and choicely worded missive to the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra and/or the Australian High Commission in Islamabad.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Australian cricket team, who have already postponed their Pakistan tour because of “security” concerns, expressed their disgust at the lack of “security” suffered by ordinary Pakistani women in their own country, and boycotted the place completely in 2008.
 
 
 
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom