Thursday, July 24, 2008

Man-hating fodder (with regard to the fact that there are good guys out there)

There are so many dark stories coming out of Iraq that you don't even hear on the nightly news... here's a very tragic example.

Suicide or Murder? Three Years After the Death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson in Iraq, Her Parents Continue Their Call for a Congressional Investigation

It is so heartbreaking to hear this soldier's father describing having to look at postmortem pictures of his daughter in order to investigate her probable death himself, since the military has apparently done a cover-up of some sort.

"98 military women have died in Iraq, Kuwait, and Bahrain; 40 of them have died of 'non-combat incidents' as the military terms it. 19 of those 40 are under suspicious circumstances; 13 of them have now been termed suicides by the military." --Ann Wright, who spent twenty-six years in the US Army/Army Reserves and was a diplomat in the State Department for sixteen years before resigning in March 2003, protesting the then-impending invasion of Iraq

Ms. Wright goes onto describe other specific examples in which the families of dead American soldiers were lied to about how their family member was killed.

I can't imagine being in an environment like Iraq, and being sexually harassed, raped, or abused and unable to take action because the perpetrators are higher ranking officials and members of the good old boy network. It makes me so incredibly sick to hear stories of women like Suzanne Swift, Tina Priest, and LaVena Johnson. Why are there so many sick, violent men in the world? God, being aware of things like this makes it so hard not to be a man-hating feminists. All the men I know are decent, but why are there so many assholes in the world??


BetteDavisLies said...

I had this conversation with Rachel yesterday about how even when women go into completely "non-sexy" environments--the grocery store, a gas station, etc.--as opposed to bars and whatnot, they are forced into becoming an object for some perv's fantasies by merely walking past the man at the meat counter or innocently standing at the pump. Women's bodies can never fully be owned by oneself because the public has made it its business to keep these entities open and free to the strongest "bidder." I want to spit in every man's face that cannot even hide his lust when I'm just wanting to order a sub or get my coffee and go. It's disgusting. Yes, the good men outweigh the bad, I'm sure of it, but I get so beaten down by constantly being eaten by men's eyes.


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