There are some people who think that lack of government taxpayer-funded birth control constitutes a War on Women.
I think a court forcing a 16-year-old Moroccan girl to marry the man that raped her so that she can remain ‘sexually pure’ and he can avoid punishment is a War on Women. It’s hard to find sympathy for grad school students that don’t want to shell out $9 a month for birth control when things like this happen in the world.
Last year, Amina Filali was 15 when she was raped by a man 10 years her elder. Her parents pressed charges, but rather than drawing-and-quartering the guy, the judge ordered the two to marry in order to “resolve the damage of sexual violation to her.”
The judge wasn’t even out of order. He was perfectly in line with Morocco’s justice system:
Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the 'kidnapper' of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honor of the woman's family.
Amina went to live with her new husband rapist and his family, where she was so traumatized that she killed herself by swallowing a handful of rat poison.
Tragedies like this happen throughout the Middle East. Last week in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai endorsed a “code of conduct” that allows husbands to beat their wives and encourages gender segregation. So things would go back to the way they were in 2001 -- when women weren’t allowed to leave their homes without being covered head-to-toe in a burka and accompanied by a male relative.
Women in Saudi Arabia aren’t allowed to drive. They aren’t allowed to exercise either, which kind of makes a girl wonder how they go anywhere. Oh yeah, they’re at the mercy of whichever man they belong to. If they could drive, they’d be tempted to become dirty dirty whores.
In Pakistan, a family made news by refusing to kill their rape-victim daughter. How messed up is that?
This is the real War on Women. Our sisters are suffering tremendous oppression. Radical Islam is not a religion that ‘pampers’ women, but treats them like dogs, completely subjugated by their masters. They are the victims. Not the grad students that had to buy their own condoms.
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