I am writing this today out of a deep concern for the rights of women, feminists and lesbians to speak publicly about issues that effect us. Specifically, I would like to address the actions of Dr. Joelle Ruby Ryan and his ongoing attempts to harass, bully, censor and silence women and feminists on the internet, and the University of New Hampshire's apparent complicity in his outrageous and illegal actions which Ryan claims to perform under authority of UNH.
Stillwater and I watched the premiere of the Lifetime Film, Betty & Coretta, the night before last on TV. I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie feminist, which is something I so rarely see in the media these days as men continue their escalating 6,000 year war on women and male violence continues to be the biggest issue on this planet.
Betty & Coretta is a film about the friendship between Dr. Betty Shabazz (played by Mary J. Blige) and Coretta Scott King (played by Angela Bassett). For those unfamiliar with American history, they were the widows of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both men were activists and leaders in the Civil Rights movement who were gunned down and assassinated. Myrlie Evers, the widow of Medgar Evers, another Civil Rights activist and leader who was also assassinated, makes a couple of brief appearances in the film as well. I was unable to find the name of the actress who portrayed Myrlie Evers, as the media continues to invisiblize women and focuses on the men even tho the movie wasn’t about the men. I was appalled to see that the media doesn’t even seem to know these incredible women’s names even tho they were brilliant, charismatic activists and leaders in their own right. The media refers to them only as widows and merely the property of their husbands.
The film primarily focuses on Dr. Betty Shabazz’s trials and tribulations after the assassination of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) and her friendship with Coretta Scott King. Dr. Betty and three of her and Malcolm’s daughters were present and only a few feet away when Malcolm X was gunned down in front of their eyes. Qubilah Shabazz, their second daughter, who was 5 at the time, was especially traumatized by the event which continued to haunt her well into her adult life and led to a life of struggle. Which is part of the problem of the man box. It focuses only on the men and ignores the toll it takes on wives and children, who are invisibilized and forgotten.
In 1995, Qubilah Shabazz was arrested in connection to an alleged plot to kill Louis Farrakhan, who the family believed to be responsible for Malcolm’s assassination. I doubt it’s merely a belief. They probably had good reason to think Farrakhan was involved. I personally have no use for the man. He oozes with evil and makes my skin crawl. Farrakhan agreed to drop all charges and support and finance Qubilah’s defense if Dr. Betty would stand with him in public and retract her assertions that Farrakhan was involved in Malcolm X’s assassination. The family believes they were set up by Farrakhan. Qubilah continues to maintain her innocence in this alleged plot to kill Farrakhan. Told you the man is evil.
Due to Qubilah’s incarceration and troubles, Qubilah’s son Malcom Shabazz Jr. at age 12 is forced to live with his grandmother, Dr. Betty Shabazz. According to the film, Malcolm Jr. is angry that he cannot live with his mother and sets Dr. Betty’s home on fire. It was not his intention to harm his grandmother. I guess he figured if he burned the place down, he’d have no place to live and could then go back to living with his mother. Unfortunately, Dr. Betty thinks Malcolm is still in his room and tries to rescue him from the fire. She sustains burns over 80% of her body. She hangs on for 3 weeks before death mercifully takes her. Malcom Jr. serves 18 months in a juvenile detention center for the arson and death of his grandmother. All I can say is I hope there’s a cold place in hell waiting for Louis Farrakhan who I think should be held responsible for this entire mess – from the assassination of Malcolm X to the troubled lives of Qubilah and Malcolm Jr. which result in their incarcerations and Dr. Betty’s death.
In any case, Dr. Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King were remarkable women with remarkable lives. As mentioned above, they were billiant, charismatic human rights activists, leaders, and feminists in their own right and arguably created more positive change for people of color and women than their late husbands did. The sisterhood they forged for their black sisters and women in general, who they never forgot and often mentioned, will not be denied as long as I have some say-so in the matter. And since I am the goddess of this blog, I do. In the meanwhile, we can thank Coretta King for our Martin Luther King holiday, which as she said, is a victory for all of us. That we can overcome adversity despite the odds against it, and make this world a better place for all of us. Not only black folks, women and the poor, but gay and lesbian folks as well, who Coretta King advocated for. Coretta King passed on in 2006 due to complications from ovarian cancer.
I was 7 when Malcolm X was assassinated. I do not remember the event. It must not have received a lot of coverage given the fact I remember the assassination of JFK just fine, which occurred when I was 6. I was 10 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. I remember the event well. My father, who was born in Spanish Harlem, was a New York City fireman who worked in both the South Bronx and in Harlem. After the assassination, there were riots and the cities were being set on fire, which jeopardized my father’s safety as he had to go into the thick of things and put out the fires. Coretta Scott King tho, despite the tragedy and her grief, rose to the challenge and took the lead to calm the masses and the rioting, as Dr. King, who advocated non-violence, would have wanted it. My family owes her a debt of gratitude. In doing so, she helped insure my father’s safety.
As an adult, I saw the dedication to Coretta Scott King when I visited Antioch college in Ohio some years ago, her former alma mater. It inspired me to walk the same ground that she once walked. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, and Myrlie Evers were/are truly great women. I can think of no better way to kick off Black History month. Hat’s off to you, ladies, and thank you for letting nothing stand in your way in making this world a better place. You are an inspiration to us all.
Maggot of the month award goes to these nine men: Kamar Jamil, 27, Akhtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Assad Hussain, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38 , Bassam Karrar, 26, Mohammed Hussain, 24, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, and Bilal Ahmed, 26. They face 51 counts of rape, trafficking, and imprisoning girls ages 11 to 15 and subjecting them to the depraved sexual torture which these men thought fell under the global laws that govern the fair use of girls/women.
The nine are charged with 19 counts of rape, seven of them with girls under the age of 13. The children were taken to and imprisoned in empty houses where they were raped vaginally, orally, and anally by several men for several days at time. Among other things, the girls were bitten, suffocated, burned, scratched, and urinated on. Knives, baseball bats, and meat cleavers were also used in the torture. Instruments were used on the girls who were impregnated to force miscarriage, the article says. Um, no. It’s not a miscarriage. It’s called an abortion. The girls were given cannabis, cocaine, crack and heroine to insure they became addicted and dependent on the men. It was all done, they said, to groom the girls for prostitution, which liberals insist is just a job and no different than going to the office and typing up a few reports. Under the global laws that govern the fair use of girls/women, it’s ok to degrade and torture females as long as they’re paid for it. According to men, girls/women are only a figment of their imagination and don’t really exist anyhow.
As others have noted, It’s apparently safer to be a goat these days than a girl. I’d like to say these men are an aberration, but they’re not. Depraved males come a dime a dozen.
The good news is the crimes didn’t occur in the U.S. where it might have been chalked up to culture. Or India, where it might have been suggested that these girls marry these depraved men so they could live happily never after. The bad news is it happened in the U.K. which means next week, these boys can claim to be women and transferred to a women’s facility because it’s important for men to be safe from penis danger and harm. Women need not apply.
Personally I’d like to see these men’s balls tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged for 20 miles, after which they should be tarred, feathered, boiled in oil, and fed to pigs.
First they came for Janice Raymond
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't an academic.
Then they came for Mary Daly
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a lesbian.
Then they came for Norah Vincent
and I didn't speak out because I didn't even read her book.
Then they came for Lierre Keith
and I didn't speak out because I was afraid that I'd get attacked too.
As some of you may know, my posting access to my GenderTrender wordpress.com blog was suspended at the end of the business day on Friday January 18. My last post, on Friday morning, was a collection of screen caps: a random sampling of the abusive and threatening tweets directed at Suzanne Moore following her “SEEING RED: THE POWER OF FEMALE ANGER” article re-publication.
Last weekend in London, the Women’s Liberation Movement rose again when Radical Feminists from many parts of the world met to discuss the current status of all women and girls today.
It was fantastic to meet women from all over the UK, Europe and America. Local Activists, Bloggers, and many older Feminist Activists – the conference spanned the ages from 20 to 70, with women from many cultures represented and many experiences and strategies were shared.
London Radical Feminist Conference, July 2012
Statement from organizers:
This July saw radical feminists from across the globe converge in London for a milestone women-only, radical feminist conference.
What happened was important, urgent and necessary. Women of all ages and from many different backgrounds connected, discussed and organised, and the result was truly electrifying.
The agenda of the conference was shaped by some of the most significant issues affecting women today, with a particular focus on male violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Keynote speakers were Professor Sheila Jeffreys and Gail Dines. Panel sessions and workshops addressed topics including male violence against women and girls; prostitution; disability and women’s oppression; lesbian feminism, women-only organising and feminist culture; sharing knowledge across feminist generations; and challenging misogyny, along with several sessions focusing on organising. Some of the speeches may become available at a later time.
The organisers would like to thank all the speakers, panelists, chairs, facilitators, volunteers and delegates for making the event so incredibly vibrant and energising. We also thank all those who helped and supported the conference from a distance.
We believe that this conference, along with others taking place around the world, heralds the mobilisation of a new era of radical feminist activism. In the face of the ongoing economic, political, social and cultural oppression of women, and relentless male violence and misogyny, such mobilization is essential and urgently needed.
We look forward to more.
The minor controversy about the conference strengthened our resolve to meet, and highlighted why feminism is critical at this point of time. The threats over the internet came to nothing, and the conference went on smoothly and without interruption. We devoted our time to focusing on the main areas of Radical Feminism – Pornography, Prostitution, and Male Violence Against Women and Children.
The conference was highly successful, with a wide range of topics discussed in a very short space of time. The success of this conference foresees future gatherings and the re-vitalisation of Radical Feminism. Many of the attendees felt invigorated in the female-only space of like-minded feminists.
A big thank you to all the organisers, speakers and panelists – as well as to all the attendees of the conference.
Summed up, transgenderism is simply men wanting to replace women’s reality with male fantasy. All arguments go from there.