I will admit up front, I could not and did not watch the video posted after the fold. I started to, but could not continue. It was too horrific. My heart went out to the young woman and I literally felt like I was going to throw up.
So be warned.
But I am posting it here as a graphic refutation to any and all who dare to say that feminism is unnecessary because women have achieved equality with men. Or who accuse feminists of being deluded ball-busters who hate men and walk around with chips on our shoulders. Or to fans of Opie & Anthony and their ilk, who think fostering a climate of hatred toward women is funny and entertaining.
I know regular visitors to Shakesville do not fall into this category, but we all know people who do. We may work with them, attend classes with them, hang out with them in the pub, play sports with them, or even spend family holidays in their company.
The next time one of those people says something derogatory about feminism, point them to this video.
It shows a teenaged girl, Du’a Khalil Aswad, publicly kicked, beaten and stoned to death, most likely by her relatives, while spectators — numbering as many as possibly 2,000 men—rather than trying to help her, film the atrocity with their cell phones.
This, Shakers, is a so-called “honor killing,” a misnomer if there ever was one and a barbaric practice found in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Sudan, Jordan, and Egypt. In these crimes, women are brutally murdered for suspected sexual transgressions. As explained by Wikipedia, the murder is typically perpetrated by the women or girl’s own relatives and/or community and unlike crimes of passion or rage-induced killings, is planned in advance. Courts rarely become involved or prosecute the perpetrators.
The “crime” of the young woman in this video, by the way? Having a Sunni Muslim boyfriend. (More on it can be found here.)
This is an outrage!!!
(H/T Crooks & Liars.)