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I write FEMINIST GIANT (Newsletter) The 7 Necessary Sins for Women and Girls (Book) Headscarves and Hymens (Book). She/Her. MUFC https://t.co/DvJ1WZghE2
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Oct 8, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
This is how propaganda for the patriarchy works: it paints women who have been sexually assaulted as the criminals and men who have assaulted as the victims as a strategy to divert sympathy from the former to the latter. For example: Popaganda for the patriarchy insists that we look at the men who sexually assault as “our brothers, sons, husbands,” rather than seeing the women they assault as “their sisters, daughters, wives” so as to divert sympathy from the latter to the former
Oct 7, 2018 22 tweets 13 min read
I have barely slept.I have been unable to stop thinking about #JamalKhashoggi. I knew him from when we both were columnists for #Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat b4 I was banned.We met just once, I think. But reports yest of his killing came same day as #Kavanaugh & my worlds collided Trump has emboldened so many dictators,esp Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.With so much attention been sucked up by US,the killing of Jamal,who wasn’t an esp outspoken critic,is sure to embolden regimes further & signal to dissidents & opponents that their harm will go unnoticed
Oct 6, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
Whatever happens today:
- Trump did not invent white supremacy or patriarchy.
- White supremacy and patriarchy will not end if Kavanaugh is not confirmed.
- Defy, disobey and disrupt white supremacy and patriarchy at every turn
- Make them fear you
#MakePatriarchyFearYou My message is to white Americans who will spend today saying:
- “This isn’t the America I know” - it is and has been for a very long time and you should be asking why you just now paid attention. Where have you been?
Oct 5, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
For too long rape and sexual violence during war was considered a byproduct of conflict. It is more and more finally being seen as weapon of war, not byproduct. In 2016, my friend & journalist @AhNidzara took me to Vilna Vlas, a hotel & spa in Višegrad which was used as a rape concentration camp in 1992 during Bosnian war. Women & girls were raped individually & en masses in empty swimming pool. It is still being used as a hotel and spa.
Oct 4, 2018 16 tweets 4 min read
“Women for Trump” aka Footsoldiers of the Patriarchy These “Women for Trump”:
- Who indoctrinated them?
- Who taught them to submit to men?
- Why are they so brainwashed?
- Should I save them?
Oct 2, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read
Once again: white women never missing a chance to be footsoldiers of patriarchy:
Believe Blasey Ford: 46%
Believe Kavanaugh: 43%
- Quinnipiac University poll
h/t @Jteisele Believe Blasey Ford:
Black people polled: 83%
Hispanic people polled: 66%
White people polled: 40%
Oct 1, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Look what Trump does to a female reporter part one Look what Trump does to a female reporter part two
Sep 28, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
You voted for those people, America. They represent you.
-The majority of white American women voters vote GOP —> Grassley and the all-male Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
-There has never been a woman GOP Senator on that committee. It is 2018. #KavanaughHearings It is 2018. These are the GOP Senators on the Judiciary Committee.
- Old white men - average is 62, Grassley is 85.
- A majority of white American women voters vote GOP. They are footsoldiers of the white supremacist patriarchy that hurts us all.
#KavanaughHearings
Sep 27, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
I lived in #Egypt when Anita Hill testified in 1991. Being in the US as Christine Blasey Ford is testifying is making obvious what I’ve been thinking since we first heard from CBF. And this is going to be another of my threads about white American women. I have to wonder # how many white American women in 1991 were able to distance themselves from Anita Hill because she is Black? Because now the woman testifying is white and blonde. And that is an essential Q to my threads: where have white women been all this time?
Sep 25, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
I tell people I love angry women because angry women are free (video at the Royal Copenhagen Library, 2015. via @rerutled) In my first book, I also tell people:
Sep 21, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
I will write a thread about this soon but for now I’m too enraged to say more: every white American woman watching the war vs Christine Blasey Ford must understand that all the white & blonde privilege you have - and I don’t care how you vote - will not save you from patriarchy. You cannot be a more “perfect victim” than Christine Blasey Ford and still they will do all they can to destroy her. Imagine if she was Black. Or poor. Or disabled. Or so many other things.
Sep 17, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.
- Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography How do those words translate vs patriarchy? Against white patriarchy? Against white heteropatriarchy? Against rich,white men who are in the White House, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court, media, factories, etc? For how long do we wait for men’s “moral sense” to stop them raping us?
Sep 16, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
The president of the USA has been accused by at least 20 women of sexual assault.
A candidate for congress had been accused by at least 6 women of sexually molesting them when they were teenagers.
And now a man accused of attempted rape is up for a seat in the Supreme Court. And remember that one judge on the Supreme Court was confirmed despite being accused of sexual harassment.
When sexual harassment and assault are at the highest levels, it gives a green light that women’s bodies are fair game.
#Patriarchy #USA
Sep 4, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
White supremacists will gloat at “liberal snowflakes”who couldn’t handle Bannon. White liberals will say variation of this.For them it’s a visit to the “marketplace of ideas” that costs them nothing.For us people or colour, Muslims, LGBTQ, disabled people,it is our lives at stake Interviewing Steve Bannon as part of a news article is loathsome enuf. Giving him platform,amplifying his views on fest stage of 1 of world’s foremost literary magazines is abominable & dangerous. It legitimizes. White liberals w/nothing to lose are upset he’s disinvited.
Sep 3, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
Who is this fascist and white supremacist and what has he accomplished over the past year other than go on a tour of Europe where he told fellow fascists not to be ashamed of being called “racist”? This normalizing of fascism and white supremacy is a disgrace. And this is the same magazine that ran this headline. A gathering of war criminals was “the biggest resistance meeting yet.”
Aug 26, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
John McCain is dead. This 2010 immigration bill video h/t @rerutled is just one reminder why I & many people of colour do not mourn him. “Drug & human smuggling, home invasions, and murder” & “Complete the danged fence” paved the way for Trump. Remember. “Do not speak ill of the dead” can’t apply to politicians whose work caused ill to so many people. McCain’s family & friends will mourn him how they see fit.The rest of us have every right to remember how he contributed to the racism at the heart of the GOP, from 👆🏽to Palin etc
Aug 20, 2018 12 tweets 5 min read
#Patriarchy: White women born in parts of the United States where sexist attitudes are more prevalent grow up to earn less and to work less than women born elsewhere, relative to men born in those same states, new economic research shows. nyti.ms/2Mz0ihK The study finds that a woman’s lifelong earnings and how much she works are influenced by the levels of sexism in the state where she was born. Sexist attitudes are most prevalent in southeast & least prevalent on the West Coast. #USA #Patriarchy
Aug 13, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Bravo, #Tunisia! Bravo! apnews.com/b1e499448c7345… I wrote this in January when #Tunisia was mulling equal inheritance for women and men, and how that revolutionary concept was upsetting conservatives. Bravo #Tunisia! google.com/amp/s/www.wash…
Aug 4, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
Since May, women’s monthly protests in #Seoul vs "molka" or spycam videos which largely involve men secretly filming women in schools, offices, trains, toilets and changing rooms have become biggest-ever women's protest in South Korea sg.news.yahoo.com/spycam-porn-sp… h/t @LetaHong Angry women will change the world - pics from women’s protests in #Seoul via @afp
Jun 29, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
Ursula K. Le Guin — The Dispossessed, 1974 I'm speaking on a panel about the influence and inspiration of Ursual K. Le Guin at @BradfordLitFest on Saturday #BLF2018
Jun 26, 2018 7 tweets 5 min read
Understand that when highest court in the land sides w/increasingly authoritarian president against a minority group because of hate and bias against that group, it means that the highest court in the land has given a green light for him to eventually come for you too. #MuslimBan NO ONE WITH POWER IS STANDING UP TO TRUMP. When the US goes full-on fascist, remember all these green lights he was given. And remember the “civility” crowd and their shutting down of any necessary incivility and civil disobedience. Civility = collaboration #MuslimBan #FuckTrump