Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Addition to social justice event It's A Girl


This documentary is a classic example of how men have power over women's control to produce In Adrienne Rich's "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence she listed 8 characteristics of male power that was included in Kathleen Gough's essay "The Origin of the Family".  

The women are forced to have ultrasounds to find out the sex of the baby and are being forced to abort if it is a girl.  In the case of Dr. Mitu, her refusal to abort twin girls brought her torture and abuse not only from her husband but from her in-laws as well. She has been threaten of rape, death and the kidnapping of her daughters. She is suing her husband, in-laws, doctor and hospital but just like here the US it is hard to fight the rich and powerful.  Her case is till ongoing because like in Allen Johnson's article "Privilege, Power and Difference", article although he focuses on "white males". This documentary shows that males dominate in any culture/race. The males still have power and because they are rich, influencing the authorities comes easy to them. 

                                    IAG- Chinas illegal daughters

In China now it is legal to have 2 children, however they still control women by having to obtain a government issued birth permit. By doing so women still risk being forced to have an abortion. So ultimately it is not stopping female genocide. 

What needs to be done is what Ayvazian suggest in her article "Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression", to have an ally in a country that condones forced abortion and female genocide. Or fight the patriarchal system by educating the people of China and India on the value of women because with knowledge comes power to fight the system.

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