First, I would agree that anyone commiting any form of rape is committing a crime. Someone committing a rape of any homosexual with theidea that this is "curative" is also a crime, and seems to me like it would fit under hate crimes.
But isn't there something inherently colonialist and imperialist about trying to tell another country how to run its internal affairs?
South Africa has turned into a barbaric nation. It went from the barbarism of white supermist fascism under Apartheid to black supremist communism under the current government. Rape is used by the ignorant tribes as a "curative" measure against AIDS, as well.
Just this weekend I picked up a hitch-hiker who turned out to be a white South African minister. He told me that there have been recent cases where restaurants--in malls, no less--were found to be serving human flesh.
He also told me that the exiles, like himself, were terrified to speak out about what they had witnessed because their families might be killed or raped in retribution.
I was one of the college students who back in the 80s marched and protested apartheid and wanted our college (Univ. of Colorado) to divest--which it did. The result was another form of government whose brutality and insanity is comprable with the previous form of government.
At this point, I personally have decided to NOT get involved with those insane African nations. I wash my hands of all of them. It's this attitude of "we the superior, civilized nations have to rescue X nation" that has gotten us involved in many global crises and I think it's time that we divest ourselves of the responsibility of trying to save the world.
Let's save America and let the rest of the world save themselves--or suffer the consequences of their own barbarism.
"The horror! The horror!"
- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part 3
I wish there was another solution, but although I have some reservations about this idea, I think it actually isn't bad considering there is not much else that can be done. My only fear is that the weapons will be confiscated by the wrong people and used against the potential victims. It is a very sad situation. A whole mindset needs to be changed, but until then, you have to work within the confines of what will work.
I like the idea of pistols for the women, but keep in mind how such a policy could "backfire" (pun intended) on you. South Africa is a nation where husbands beat nails into the heads of disobedient wives. Do you really think that husbands and fathers with that kind mentality, of tribal brutality, would allow women to arm themselves?
South African females need to be instructed in self defense via martial arts
then. The Japanese on Okinawa learned open hand combat precisely because
they were forbidden to carry weapons. Rape is Assault & Coercion. Here in
New York Rape would likely be considered a 1st degree Felony, especialy
if a weapon was involved in the commission of that crime. If so, then it would
justify the use of deadly force, even to the result being an accidental homicide,
in self defense. S.Africans might need to change both their laws & practices to
guarantee women safety. If anything could guarantee a woman's phobia
toward men it's the trauma of having sexual assault forced on them. Being
raped by agressive males is likley enough to make any female anywhere
want to be strictly lesbian. Because if they hadn't themselves decided what
their preference was before being raped, the rape per se would have made
their choice for them. Dominance is pretty ugly. I can't speak for anyone else,
but I only desire women who seek equality with men.
very true, but i get the feeling and i could be way off base here since i am only reading pixils, but your tone seems to be so fuck this, or that one cause is more important than another to the exclusion of the other. they are both horrible things that need a solution, imho, and i was simply posting about how i read of this and was horrified and wanted to do something, anything, to make myself feel like i was helping no matter how little it may prove to be in the long run
ok i apologize, and htose are all great suggestions. in fact i will see what i can do locally to volunteer at a counselling center as well as donate some supplies and books and such to any in the region i can track down. i didnt mean to come across as accusatory or even argumentative, i wasnt sure is all. i do however feel petitions can help some, if for no other reason thatn they can get a spotlight on an issue that is under represented in the so called media, and maybe get discussions such as ours going that some good might come from, like your suggestions hopefully leading myself and others to do more where they can
Be careful what you ask for ImConcerned.... Also the cultures in America and South Africa are much different. Don't get me wrong rape is rape, and a horrible brutal act at that, but in South Africa they rape not only for physical enjoyment but to psychologically change their raped and their culture supports it. Thats what the petition is for, its supposed to change the government activity over there to be more opposed to this culture of lesbian/gay. In America rape is much more common, but it's also much more non-life threatening than a rape in South Africa. Also, on another post I read of yours it is wise and good to help those who have been raped get through their ordeal and help them move on and be strong, but if you don't change the culture and society that is spawning the rapists then your overall effort is futile (wether in america or south africa). I'm not trying to be argumentative, just want to make you think.
its so devastating to think of all the things day in day out that pass for 'problems' when stuff like this is going on in the world. i really just don't know how to even begin to justify why we deserve to exist sometimes
To make God laugh. Even Tarzan and his chimp cheetah aren't as comical
as humans who take life so seriously they make this world a tragic farce, eh ?
Give a monkey a banana, and he thinks he's gotta peal. Heh.