Some people might be wondering about the reality of the dangers facing the Sierra Leone female athletes who are seeking asylum in Australia, fearing female genital mutilation and/or murder if they return home. (The male athletes have different fears for their safety, based on continuing violence in Sierra Leone involving brutal street deaths of anyone perceived as opposing the regime.)
It’s worth looking at this LA Times op-ed, by a Somali-Dutch woman, about the worldwide violence against women, and makes a strong case for gendercide.
For those of us in countries with legal equality for women, it’s easy to get bogged down in what are essentially middle-class concerns about balancing work, family, financial independence etc. Rape and domestic violence/murder occur here too, but in a more covert fashion than in Sierra Leone and other countries.
But feminism is not just about us. What is happening to women in countries without legal equality, and in cultures where legal equality is given only lip-service, is a holocaust. Lest We Forget.
ADDENDUM: For contrast, a middle-aged white vanilla het-boy tells us why he’s not a feminist.