Even Presidents Degrade Women
I was surprised when I heard what the Russian president Vladimir Putin said about the former US secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His speech goes beyond politics towards social philosophy and a historical viewpoint regarding women, as intending to say what woman is and just let her talk whatever she wants. Putin said: “It is better not to argue with women”. Hillary Clinton is one of the strongest and the most influential woman in the American and the world history. The story I’m telling you is not from the past centuries, eras of Caesar, Ottomans, the black days of church power and inquisition in Europe. Believe me it’s not from Qacar, Tatars, Mongolians and Pharos, but it’s from a few days ago, from the era of technology, internet and of freedom and liberalism.
Let’s get down to the point, it’s a story worth to be written in books by historians, through which they could analyze the thoughts of human beings and measure the ups and downs of humanity. What’s happened is that Hillary Clinton expressed her opinion regarding the Ukrainian crisis and the Russia’s stance that is of course at variance with the Obama’s policy. Clinton said:“Putin’s actions in Ukraine are aggressive and are like what Hitler did back in the 30s.” The speech unnerved the Russian President. He commented disparagingly saying: “It’s better not to argue with women” and “Maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.” If this remark was made by one of the Middle Eastern presidents, whose countries are said to be undeveloped or an Islamic, or those who are described as women-killers, what would happen then? How would the international community react to such opinion which is generally sexist and discriminatory towards women? Hillary Clinton challenged Obama to become the US president. She was one of the most influential Secretary of State of her country. Now there’s possibility that she might run for the next presidency. She didn’t talk as a woman, and her remarks were contributions to solving Ukrainian crisis. At the same moment, Putin who is one of those who attempts to re-Sovietise Russia's diminished world domination has forgotten that the Marxists have always claimed (women’s freedom equals society’s freedom). They considered themselves as leaders of defending women’s rights. While this president is nervously attacking women and considers the weakness of women as a virtue and does not want to argue with a woman. Some might probably say this is a diplomatic row. But even diplomacy should not cross the normal boundaries. The news of Sudan’s Miriam Ibrahim was published this week in The Telegraph, in which she’s threatened be executed for choosing Christianity over Islam. The brother of this woman has said that Miriam should regret doing so or be hanged. The newspaper said quoting the NGOs that the matter is not religious, some of Miriam's relatives are greedy and have their eyes on her small successful projects and wants to take them over: the projects are some stores and small fields and a salon, that’s why they’ve made such a fuss. Miriam has been stakeouted and later detained in the beginning of the year for she has said that she wasn’t originally a Muslim. She was separated from her family when she was six and converted to Christianity. How much do these two examples resemble. Both the so-called weak characters are women.
I gave those two examples to prove that women are still being oppressed, not necessarily to be in politics or administrative posts. How often haven't those men who work with women pretended to equally treat and understand them. It was just two weeks ago when the 15-year-old Dunya was murdered in one of the areas of Southern Kurdistan. The murder of this woman has shaken the conscience of the Kurdish society. We do not mention the factors behind the crisis; this should be done though academic researches by sociologists and psychologists. But the action was inhumane, brutal and beastly.
Why does a president of a powerful state talks in such a hateful way about a woman. Hillary spoke as a person concerned about the world peace and the legitimate rights of a sovereign country to deal with its own crisis. She did not talk as woman. She talked about a historic event from the 30s which was almost similar to what Putin has repeated. I think by this stance and reaction, Putin returned to the same era and perceived women with the same patriarchal mentality and macho viewpoints as politicians in the 30s did. When you imagine some events, your mind turns to tens and hundreds of others. What is more disastrous than to be exasperated by a speech a woman politician has made and to react degradingly by downplaying the speech and demeaning the person behind it.