Well the grinding millstone of female misery that is Patriarchy claimed another victim as the CBC reports:
“Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was strangled, allegedly by her brother, in what appears to be a so-called “honour killing,” police and her family said on Saturday.
Baloch’s racy social media photos challenged social norms in Pakistan, a deeply traditional Muslim country where women are often repressed by their family or the community. Her killing shocked the South Asian country.
Baloch received multiple death threats and suffered frequent misogynist abuse, but continued posting provocative pictures and videos.”
Yeah. This happened.
“Baloch’s body was discovered on Saturday and her father Muhammad Azeem told the police that his son Waseem had strangled her, Ghazanfar said.
“Apparently, it is an honour killing, but further investigations will reveal the real motives behind this murder,” Ghazanfar said.
“Honour killings” are normally murders committed because of patriarchal concepts of honour and shame. They’re considered gender-based crimes, since girls and women are usually the victims.”
Let’s break down this Honour Killing malarky.
- Conservative Dude gets angry because she isn’t following the rules that make her a virtual slave.
- Dude cajoles and threatens woman, to no effect.
C. To preserve the families honour (read male strictures to keep females subservient) Dude kills her.
That, ladies and gentlemen is some pretty fucked up shit. This is the same patriarchal overlay that women face the world over. In places like Pakistan though, ‘uppity’ women are murdered by men for daring to demand full human being status.
“Oh but Arbourist,” my liberal dude commenters say, “That is a cultural practice and it certainly can’t happen here!”
Liberal friends – the Feminists organized and demanded that domestic violence be recognized and dealt with legally – beating your wife till the late 60’s and was pretty much swept under the rug. It is 2016 and Women continue to struggle against male violence in marriage to this day with societal norms that silence them, police that do not listen, and a legal/court system that is rigged against them.
When one of the pillars of your society is the Patriarchy – these sorts of horrible behaviours (honour killing, domestic violence, rape et cetera) are the implicit norm.
So take heed and listen to women when they say that society is still in need of serious reform, because men (and dudes) just because it works for you, doesn’t mean it works for women.