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May 8, 2008

If Hillary Not to be Nominate

For almost three months, I watch eagerly theprimary process. I really like to see Hillary to be nominate as presidential candidate for Democrate Party. I know Hillary from her book, Living Legend, and I noticed her when she opened Beijing Conference in 1995, when she speech of women rights.

I really don’t understand why feminist in America have judge her, and even make a move to against her.

I don’t really know how her work in senate in USA but she had been elected twice. And her continuesly work for healtcare is undeniable truth.

I watch Hillary like I watched Sigolene Royale in France. My sisterly feeling for Sigolene Royal is strong that I feel dissapointed when she lost against Sarkozy. And for Hillary, I really don’t like people in USA treat her, and mocking her in the internet.

How the media is always and always keep doing what their doing to WOMEN, destroyed women’s power, destroy women’s confident, by judgement, by everything the media can, to humiliate women.

If Democrate do not nominate Hillary, its just another phase of how, the power of male strength and male ‘devining’  engagement ‘race’ is part of human power. As always, racism is stronger issue than sexism. So if Hillary win, it is not because of Hillary incompetent, but her competency is not have space in the media.

And how American can be blind of how Obama refuse to debate with Hillary, because he can’t handle debate. For women, it is always easy not to bind with other women, because most of the time women lives, thinking are influenced by others.. including media and male with their strong intellectuallity…

But if women, look inside their heart, feel their soul, they will be able praise and make solidarity with other women to create strength.

If Hillary not to be nominate, it will be the lost for many women have try to achieve, especially women who have in their lifetime fight and struggle for women to have vote (suffragist). When seldom young women nowadays aware that, in order to achieved women’s rights in politics (to vote) a woman Emily Davison, have committed suicide by throwing herself in race horse in Derby….and her funeral was attended by thousands of women…

Bless Hillary, Bless all women in the World, Hope in the future Womeh have always aware that they belong to each other as the oppressed.

 umi

May, 8, 2008

 

 

 

Have the Feminists Surrendered? Pornography the Demolition of the First and the Last Citadel (Woman Body)

Have the Feminists Surrendered?  Pornography the Demolition of the First and the Last Citadel (Woman Body)

 

When the feminism came and enlightened most women in western country in the Sixties, there was a major breakthrough for women’s right, women embraced and claimed their sexuality. Sexual freedom and sexuality awareness was celebrated. Women began to play male role in sexual mores. It seems to be one of the highest accomplishments of women’s struggle for almost a hundred and fifty years since Seneca Falls 1847. But there were major slipped in women’s struggle, at the same time when women claimed as the owner of their own bodies, they were not free and  trapped within an advance ideology of capitalist, everything was a commodity and everything can be produce and reproduced out of capitalist economy. It was no other than male capitalist who can own all human, woman or man, body and spirit. Women not only can be useful as labor in industrial process for production of goods, woman have the body that can satisfy male needs for sexual fulfillment. Before the sixties, male needs meet female availability to sexual service mostly through marriage and brothel, the sixties had broaden the space of choice for male to have sexual service without any obligation either paid (brothel) or feed (wife). It seem male needs meet women needs for sexual fulfilling for the first time.

Somehow in between of male and women interaction, the inventory of sexual industry in the 1970s (Playboy and Deep Throat) were unstoppable. Mostly male who benefited from the industry have done nothing to prevented it, and women were helpless. The sex industry of pornography then became wider and spread throughout the world. Not only that the sexual industry was started in USA as the most industrious country in the world, USA too  a frontrunner of women’s movement throughout the world and US Constitution have always been in favour or encourage individual satisfaction, entrepreneurship and freedom of expression. While in reality those three rights are still privilege of male citizens.     

                Feminism: the primary root is woman body

                When feminism became one of the tools for women’s movement within social change and activism in 1960s (theory and practices), yet the strongest ideology and practices; capitalism have won their way of human mind without meaningful resistant. The capitalism merged into women liberalization. The capitalist tricked women by giving promises of power of liberation then use it as the road to conquest whole society of women. They won. It was in 1970s, male sold women body through beauty pageant, and buys and sell through media. Since women lose in the battle among social change, the defeat continues. Pornography became usual. It is no longer the issue. Though most feminist acknowledge pornography as violence against women, very few women activists or movement pay attention of the danger of pornography. The trap of capitalism with their mega technology is something that women cannot handle.

                The invention of surrogate mother has cheated woman reproductive function. Technology started to control the womb and reproduction function is use for commercial purpose, to produce baby. Technology have intervened women daily life in almost everything from woman’s reproduction to woman’s health to the concept of beauty, and transmitted graphic picture, photo, or live of woman’s body. It was the capital and male owner company to have sold pornography. Male company sold the sex to male buyers.

                The harsh wave of pornography through media, any kind media is overwhelmingly high that even all women in the world can’t stop it. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. The annual revenue of that industry is $13.3 billion in the U.S. and $97 billion worldwide. What was once called “softcore” pornography is now part of the mainstream media. It is almost impossible for women to fight against it. And somehow feminist activists in western or non western country are not eager to fights against it. The pornography as form of violence against women were seem to deny. (abstract of my paper  umilasminah@yahoo.com)

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