Tough Times for Women

From a Google Image Search – The Morning News

My best friend has Alzheimer’s. She is in the habit of calling men and women boys and girls. Perhaps this is because she taught elementary school for many years. But she is right in a sense because inside of us we are still boys and girls when it comes to gender and race issues that never seem to get resolved. Black men are having a tough week between the Rittenhouse trial and the trial of the Ahmaud Arbery shooters. But women, girls, are having a bad time that is not getting quite as much attention. We are all aware that in Texas vigilantes can weigh in on the business of women, they can decide whether women can choose to add a child to their life or not by threats of litigation and fines. As if women are unable to make their own decisions. As if they are still mere girls who cannot be trusted to know whether they can take care of a child at a particular moment in their life, or in their family’s current situation. As if there would be any babies at all without women (girls).

Christopher Belter

This week 20-year-old Christopher Belter was sentenced to 8 years probation, no prison time for sexually abusing 4 teenage girls. Here is what the judge in that case had to say:

“I’m not ashamed to say that I actually prayed over what is the appropriate sentence in this case because there was great pain,” Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said in court, according to the Post. “There was great harm. There were multiple crimes committed in the case. It seems to me that a sentence that involves incarceration or partial incarceration isn’t appropriate, so I am going to sentence you to probation.”

‘Metascript’ running in the judge’s brain – ‘This boy’s future is more important than the damage done to the lives of these girls.’ 

Of course, this young man is very lucky that he is white. Who knows what the sentence would have looked like if his skin had a darker hue?

Peng Shuai

We also learned that a Chinese tennis champion, a girl (woman), Peng Shuai, has not been heard from for two weeks since she reported sexual abuse by a party official. An email was sent but it was considered out-of-character and therefore suspect. Serena Williams mentioned this in a news broadcast.

“Fears are growing about the safety and whereabouts of a Chinese tennis star, who has remained unheard from since she accused a former Chinese official of sexual assault.”

“Peng Shuai, 35, a former No. 1 globally ranked tennis player, wrote in her verified Weibo microblog about what she described as the years-long affair she had with former vice premier Zhang Gaoli, and how she had been allegedly sexually assaulted by him. The alleged incident occurred just before their relationship began.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/fears-grow-missing-chinese-tennis-star-accused-official/story

A third story in the news gives us this story which will slide under the global radar before the world blinks. 

Filipino Megachurch Founder, Apollo Quiboloy

Filipino megachurch founder forced girls and young women into sex, telling them it was ‘God’s will,’ feds say.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/19/apollo-quiboloy-charged-sex-trafficking/

Tesla Factory

 

In another story women in a Tesla factory are experiencing sexual abuse. “A Tesla factory worker alleges sexual harassment is rampant in a rare lawsuit. Now other women are stepping forward.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/11/19/tesla-sexual-harassment/

This does not even speak to the miseries women migrants, asylum seekers, or immigrants experience if they have no financial resources. This doesn’t mention women who are raped by warring factions in parts of Africa. It doesn’t talk about the women who sit in Mexico with their families waiting for asylum in America. It doesn’t talk about the struggles of women who are in camps in Jordan because there is war in Syria. It doesn’t speak about the women trying to make homes in mud and cold near Belarus. Many men also face these challenges. Men may face sexual abuse, but it is far more common for women to be abused by men, especially in nations where men can be shunned or punished or even killed for sexually abusing a man.

Just when it seems that there is progress for women in the world, we find men like the Taliban leaders who set women’s right back to the age of the prophets.

Republican men in America are not much better than Taliban men and might like to have the powers of the Taliban to keep women in their place, because, after all we are just girls and as such, subservient to men. Republican men do not respect women and that is just one more reason that we should keep them from having the power they seek. 

All in all, a bad week for women seems just like business as usual once again in America. Many women have had to leave work to care for children during the pandemic and since children are still being infected women still find that they may have to take unpaid days away from work when children are sent home from schools for health concerns. Since we have no paid leave in America, women may be waiting for the uncertainty to end before returning to work. If the Build Back Better Bill (B4) passes women may get a sorely needed boost.

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