First posted as “Is Feminism Mindful of Anything, Other Than the Glass Ceiling?”
This article, I thought, should be reposted.I want to keep it fresh in memory because of this fact: in pre-industrial transport of materiel, we suffered horses, camels, elephants as our beasts of burden. And oh,yes as terrors of war.
In the case of the latter, we now have more devastating, terrible life-ending machines. Some describe their flames and blasts as beautiful(say a prayer in any language) In the former instance i.e, large animals, they are less useful since they are expensive to keep. So, we revert to the more profitable -the human poor.
The people depicted in this article, have three of the worst misfortunes that might afflict any one. They are destitute; past sexual allure and they are abandoned.
As a former feminist, now morphing to anarchist, I say that this is condemnable. Had what comes subsequently been all, compassion would be my emotion towards them, and I could hope that their hardship is ameliorated soon. At least, that escape would allow me to be unbothered. I could opine that it is all a part of God’s mysterious plan. To assuage my angst, I may even adopt the see-no-evil excuse common in the United States. That is: the poor brought it upon themselves Yes, I could be comforted by any meme that provides an escape for my own soul.
But the emotion I feel is anger. Impotent rage-fulness as I try to find an actual target. I can’t. But unfairly regulated trade and finance are among the usual suspects. All that I can do is be an advocate, hoping that at least one person be jolted out of what served well for many years, i.e., that women are weak and blah, blah.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24706863 The heavy-lifting ‘mule-women’ of Melilla.
The women are shown in this article, courtesy of BBC News would need to have Lean-In, translated and explained to them. Explained, because it might be confused with a place to lean on, to rest their weary backs….just a little. To breathe regularly for a few minutes before the next trek with a spine crunching, unconscionable load.
These human beings need not worry about being “the only one in the room,” or any such. Bread is their immediate concern. Safety and housing never secure. All so mundane and acceptable. In some countries, had this life been an animal’s, an authority would have intervened.
Being unable to fix a valid target does not mean that we do nothing. Feminists can raise their collective voice; they can raise bloody hell; they can cause The Year of the Woman, held under the auspices of the United Nations to have more meaning. There is an opportunity for advocacy with media attention approaching https://www.internationalwomensday.com Make 2017 the revolutionary year of female labor, not a self-congratulatory event #BeBoldForChange.
This in no way excuses men of their duty to see wrong when it is happening outside of themselves. To not instigate and perpetuate the wrong experienced by so many. It is in everyone’s interest to have a world where, though equanimity is an idea, for the present safety, food and shelter can be afforded to all….and you can still have your caviar.