Women and Children

So I look at the news: religious nutjobs are getting in trouble for taking marriage too far – both in having 60-odd wives to one man (yet strangely not vice versa) and for marrying wrinkled humans to humans still recovering from their first period.

So then I think to myself, why does almost all sexual child abuse come from men, why are young girls so often mixed up with much much older men, so much more frequently than older women with young boys? Why did this famous Afghan patriarch have four wives younger than him?

Then I look at the other news: the Israeli Offence Forces are getting criticised because their bombs and bullets aren’t just killing adult men (who can handle a bit of death) but are also killing the members of the other category of people: womenandchildren. Omigod! Those barbarians have killed womenandchildren! Those two groubs form a natural class together, don’t they?

3 Responses to “Women and Children”

  1. Lindsay Says:

    the other category of people: womenandchildren. … Those two groups form a natural class together, don’t they?

    Shulamith Firestone has a chapter about this in The Dialectic of Sex. She spends a lot of time trying to show that our ideas about childhood as a stage of life fundamentally different from adulthood — and hence our practice of keeping children separate from the adult world — is a historical novelty, but at the beginning and end of the chapter she draws analogies between women’s and children’s position in patriarchy. She argues that, as both women and children now live (at best) under a system of patronage, the abolition of the nuclear family would allow both groups a greater degree of autonomy.

  2. Alderson Warm-Fork Says:

    I’ve actually just started reading the dialectic of sex, and thinking it’s awesome. I’ll probably do a few posts on it before long.

  3. Tazeen Says:

    loved your post.
    Everyone exploits the weaker section of society. Sometimes it is just women and some times it is women and men of another religion, ethnicity or nationality.


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