Even Pres­i­dents De­grade Women

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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