Clementine Ford finally addresses religion-based abuse of women:
One of the most popular accusations made against the women’s liberation movement by anti-feminists is that it ignores those who are ‘truly oppressed’. With the rise of Islamophobia, this argument has become increasingly paired with the critique that Muslims are somehow singularly (and uniformly) guilty of executing extreme violence against women.
But what do the proponents of this sort of imperialist tunnel vision do when presented with evidence of the horrifying abuse (and the cavalier disregard of it) that takes place in a country whose people, social codes and even legislative frameworks are all governed by Catholicism?
To be more specific, why aren’t the same people who claim to care about all those ‘truly oppressed’ women commenting on the repulsive case of Brazilian soccer player, Bruno Fernandes De Souza?
In 2010 de Souza was arrested for orchestrating the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Eliza Samudio, after the pair became engaged in a dispute over child support payments. With sickening pre-meditation, the soccer player and some of his friends kidnapped Samudio. She was then tortured and her dismembered body fed to his dogs. De Souza was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison. But earlier this year, de Souza was ordered by a judge to be released from prison “on a technicality”. He had served only six years and seven months of his sentence. But this isn’t the most enraging part of this story. Shortly after de Souza’s release, the Brazilian second-tier soccer club Boa Esporte signed a two-year deal to secure him as a goalkeeper. Anything for the game, right?
De Souza’s crime was indeed horrific but Ford fails to address the volume and ferocity of crimes committed in Allah’s name:
Drugging, beating, shooting, drowning: the methods by which honour killings are carried out are various, but the motives behind these abhorrent crimes are similar.
A young man or woman violates an authoritarian code of conduct by falling in love with the wrong person; one of the two families decides it cannot stand its name to be tarnished; a brutal murder follows.
It is estimated that 5,000 honour killings occur every year worldwide; the crime – perpetrated by secretive families, often conducted abroad – means that the true number is likely to be greater.
Ford throws out distractors for her mostly female celebrity-obsessed readers:
In Australia, advocates targeting men’s violence against women seem to be locked in semi-regular battle with the sporting codes that treat domestic violence as a less serious crime than drug use or even illegal tackles. Wayne Carey is a man with a documented history of abuse (not least of which were allegations that he glassed his former girlfriend in the face during a night out in Miami) yet he retains his position as a highly paid commentator for Triple M and Channel Seven.
In the entertainment world, men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Chris Brown, Johnny Depp and Casey Affleck have all faced allegations of abuse either physical or sexual (and in the case of Polanski and Brown, admitted to it) yet none have really experienced any kind of dent to their careers. Brown is the only one who can be said to have faced a marginally longer backlash, and that’s likely due to a combination of the fact his victim was the stratospherically famous Rihanna and he’s a black man in a culture governed by the ideals of white supremacy.
With the far left and Islamists united in aiming to destroy western civilisation, it’s not surprising that Marxist Ford refuses to condemn murderous Muslim oppression of females.