In the USA, every 18 seconds a man beats a woman. Keep tracing it back. Do the police stop him? Do the courts, the laws? Does god? Or do they in fact support his right to hit you? Who says he has a right to hit you? It’s in the bible, you’re supposed to submit because it’s all Eve’s fault. Why don’t you count as a human being? You see that you’re surrounded by images of women as objects, chopped into body parts, on display, for sale. In fact, women are being brutalized in millions of pictures and it’s called sex. The clothes you’re supposed to wear put you on display, make it impossible for you to run or even walk. They turn you into an object, a victim, and that’s called “sexy.” Why are you wearing these clothes? Why do you want this attention when every 18 seconds it ends with a fist in the face?

What you find is a whole web of institutions and cultural practices that support male violence: religion, laws, the police, the mass media and pornography, heterosexuality, the very definition of masculinity. He didn’t put that fist in your face because of who you are as an individual. He did because he belongs to a class of people called men, and you belong to a class of people called women, and that describes a set of power relations.

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Lierre Keith

http://inthewake.mcbay.ca/keith1.html

(Source: evilfeminist)