Saving Face (2012), acid attacks on women in Pakistan
Meanwhile, in America, feminists are complaining about how dress codes are oppressive.
You idiots have never experienced oppression, and pray you never do, because this is what it looks like.
As a South Asian American feminist, let me remind everyone that oppression is not a competition.
Just because we fight one type of sexism doesn’t mean we don’t care about other instances of sexism that don’t affect us directly in our day to day lives.
My heart goes out to this woman and the hundreds of other victims like her. I want to educate people about these kinds of incidents. I support organizations that help women like this.
You may think that dress code issues are trivial, but they are related to a larger issue of women’s bodily autonomy, which affects women’s health and safety.
So please, let’s try to bring awareness and bring about change instead of insulting entire groups of people because they are facing issues that are less scary than the one presented.
“oppression is not a competition”
thank you so much for this wording
People (mostly men) ((mostly men with shitty-ass urls like “feminism is a trick)) who hold up violent attacks against women in other parts of the world to invalidate feminism are the shittiest garbage imaginable. Racist, as well. Incredibly racist and xenophobic. Because the implication you are making here is that this isn’t just a different form of oppression against women, it’s a much worse one that we civilized cosmopolitan folks in America could never partake in. Never mind all the fucking rape and battery and murder that goes on, we don’t use acid to do it, so women aren’t oppressed. The problem isn’t dress codes, it’s dress codes reinforcing the idea that women’s bodies and secondary sex characteristics need to be covered at all times or it’ll send men into an apoplectic fit of sexual rage. This is the same concept that’s used to excuse and trivialize the god damn epidemic of rape we have here. Every time you stupid, useless sacs of shit talk about rape as a weapon of war in Africa or acid attacks in Pakistan, you are ignoring and invalidating all the violence, all the domestic abuse and rape (gang rape and corrective rape and all other kinds of horrifying shit) and lesbian beatings and harassment and silencing that goes on in America, and you’re saying that these places are uncivilized hellholes where human rights don’t exist. America is not better than these countries, it’s better at sweeping its problems under the rug and blaming the victims.