And where are those feminist activists, anyway?

Via JammieWearingFool we have this:

A Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.

The 23-year-old woman, who became pregnant after her ordeal, was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man.

He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night.

According to the judge’s ruling, the woman committed adultery. The fact that she’s not married apparently didn’t get in the way of that ruling. Actually, she “confessed” to the crime of having “forced intercourse.” (Yeah, that’s “rape” here in the US.) The woman became pregnant as a result of the attack and the court has graciously allowed her to carry to term and give birth before they handcuff her to a post and whip her 100 times with a leather bullwhip.

It’s times like these that I recall all the “diversity training” I’ve been required to attend and the inevitable presence of some woman with a glaring eye searching endlessly for the slightest thing that might possibly be offensive to some woman somewhere. I recall the various marches downtown and the picketing over some feminist issue or another. Where are those women, those marchers, those picketers now? Shouldn’t they be in front of the Saudi Embassy or shouting at their elected reps or flooding the media (print, radio, and TV) with demands that we loudly condemn such actions?

I know I do and I say so when I get the opportunity. Where, I wonder, are they?

Update: Apparently I’m not alone in asking the question. NOW keeps getting mentioned as an organization that’s got this sort of thing in their sights. This story says otherwise.

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  2. You post a feminist call-to-action, yet your post drips with contempt for feminist actions:
    “It’s times like these that I recall all the “diversity training” I’ve been required to attend and the inevitable presence of some woman with a glaring eye searching endlessly for the slightest thing that might possibly be offensive to some woman somewhere. I recall the various marches downtown and the picketing over some feminist issue or another.”

  3. Asking why feminists aren’t doing something pushes the blame for this situation onto the one group of people who despise oppression and want to change it, not the ones DOING the oppression. It also assumes that the media lie is true: that feminists are all in control of print, TV, and government. Far from it.

    But the real Q is: what are YOU doing about this? What are MEN doing about this? What is your GOVERNMENT doing about this?

  4. Dude. Feminists are pretty much the ONLY people who complain about the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia — and before 9/11 we were the only people speaking up about the Taliban.

    But somehow I don’t think you are genuinely concerned about the total subjugation of Saudi women. Somehow I sense — call me crazy — that you just like using this issue as a bat for beating western feminists.

    Personally I give to the Global Fund for Women, and one of their grantees (Women Living Under Muslim Laws) which has a campaign to stop the beating and stoning of women. What have YOU done for Saudi women lately?

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