Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Saturday, 2018.04.21
No man is an island--" Much as we may feel and act as individuals, our race is a
single organism, always growing and branching--which must be pruned regularly to
be healthy. This necessity need not be argued; anyone with eyes can see that any
organism which grows without limit always dies within its own poisons. The only
rational question is whether pruning is best done before or after birth. Being
an incurable sentimentalist I favor the former of these methods--killing makes
me queasy, even when it's a case of "He's dead and I'm alive and that's the way
I wanted it to be." But this may be a matter of taste. Some shamans think that
it is better to be killed in a war, or to die in childbirth, or to starve in
misery, than never to have lived at all. They may be right. But I don't have to
like it--and I don't.

		Robert Heinlein, "Time Enough For Love"

2007.12.07

Dumbing Down American Feminism

Honestly, my dog would be more of a feminist than Germaine Greer if it were to bite Greer on the ass. As told by Pamela Bone in her article, “Why we stay mute on Islamic sex apartheid”:

Greer: “It’s very tricky. I am constantly being asked to go to Darfur to interview rape victims. I can talk to rape victims here. Why should I go to Darfur to talk to rape victims?”

Questioner (me): “Because it’s so much worse there.”

Greer: “Who says it is?”

Questioner: “I do, because I’ve been there.”

Greer: “Well, it is just very tricky to try to change another culture. We let down the victims of rape here. We haven’t got it right in our own courts. What good would it do for me to go over there and try to tell them what to do? I am just part of decadent Western culture and they think we’re all going to hell fast and maybe we are all going to hell fast. 

Tricky, it is. Tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky.

Greer implies that there is no need to travel to Darfur to talk to rape victims because rape is a heinous crime where ever it occurs and as such she can talk to rape victims in Australia. If that is her point, I can agree with her. But as Bone points out, the magnitude of the problem is so much greater in Darfur. Indeed, rape is a greater problem in many parts of the world, in terms of both numbers and the way the victims are treated. By failing to speak out against rape in other parts of the world from the relative safety of free speech democracies diminishes the plight of those rape victims. If it matters less there, how much less does it matter here?