Also in the US today: a man went inside a Catholic supply store and ordered women inside to strip at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted several of them before shooting one of them in the head. She has since died. stltoday.com/news/local/cri… h/t @_Autumn_Green_
St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire emphasized the brazenness of the shooting. “I think everyone needs to be aware this happened at 3:30 in the afternoon on one of the busiest roads in St. Louis County.”
AND YET: “A police spokesman said at a news conference about 5 p.m. that investigators had “no idea” of a motive...”
Ha! I’ll tell you what the motive is. MISOGYNY! What fucking planet do these “investigatiors” live on??!
In August 2014, an #Ohio judge punched his then-wife 20 times & slammed her head against the dashboard of his car 5 times, breaking her orbital bone.The couple’s children were in the back of the car.He served 9mths. He is accused of killing her on Saturday cleveland.com/metro/2018/11/…
Lance Mason had previously served in the Ohio state legislature. After his release from prison - after punching his wife 20 times and slamming her head against the dashboard 5 times - Mason was hired by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as a minority business development director.
Fraser Mason, who needed reconstructive surgery on her face after her husband - who was them a sitting judge - attacked her, filed for divorce two days after the incident. The divorce case is still pending.
3 members of the Feminist group Femen who ran into the gathering. The women were topless and had the words "Legal fascism,national shame" painted on their torsos.
Police escorted the three activists away while Franco supporters shouted insults and "Franco! Franco! Franco!" #Spain
The rally is held annually on the Sunday falling closest to Nov. 20, the date Franco died in 1975. The general ruled Spain for 36 years after leading a military uprising that started the Spanish Civil War. #Spain
I need to read a deep dive into white Evangelical women. Recommend articles and books, TwitterLand? If there aren’t any books specifically about them, someone go out there and write a book about these #FootsoldiersOfThePatriarchy!
When I was Reuters #Cairo correspondent covering Mubarak presidency, my press card was confiscated by his security bec I didn’t stand up when he entered restaurant. Reuters called press office to return it & they were told “Tell Mona to stand up next time” nyti.ms/2DcHu2L
At the beginning of every news conference, Information Minister would have out questions for state-owned media journalists who Mubarak would call on 1st so that they would field those questions i.e. propaganda to him.That’s what Trump would call “respect.” That’s what Trump wants
I would always yell out my questions until Mubarak finally paid attention to the rest of us who were not with state-owned media. He used to call me the “troublemaker from Reuters.” That’s what Trump wants.
The “It has NOTHING to do with patriarchy” boys respond
The little boys of “It has NOTHING to do with patriarchy” are almost as entertaining as white women who in response to my thread about how footsoldiers of patriarchy aka GOP white women obsess over misogyny and Muslim women, ask me why I’m not upset about Muslim misogyny.
I’ve been asked countless times by mostly white people “Why do Muslim women submit to so much misogyny?” I’m now asking same question about these white women. Replace “Republican” with “Muslim” here & imagine the outrage google.com/amp/s/theconve…#FootsoldiersOfThePatriarchy
“Their mother told detectives the day before the bodies were discovered, she received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, ordering the family to leave the U.S. because her daughters had applied for political asylum, New York police said” apnews.com/094178ff98c34d…
How did the #Saudi embassy know the sisters had applied for aayuum?
Whoever told the #Saudi embassy that Rotana and Tala has applied for asylum jeopardized their lives. There is a reason - a danger they are escaping - that someone applies for asylum. When you tell the embassy of their country of origin, you further endanger them.
The bodies of 2 sisters from #Saudi Arabia were found in Hudson river, bound together by duct tape at their waists & ankles. Rotana Farea, 22, & Tala Farea, 16 “had recently requested asylum in the United States.” nytimes.com/2018/10/29/nyr… h/t @rerutled
Death of 2 #Saudi sisters is highly suspicious. I hope coroner’s report is issued soon. I lived in Saudi Arabia as a teenager & for past 16yrs have been writing about #genderaprtheid in Saudi Arabia. Treatment of women is outrageous. And too often ignored or diminished.
True story: I am all mushy with exhaustion of what feels like a million hours spent on various planes that brought me from Nigeria to North America. That mushiness has intensified an encounter I had with a Punjabi (how she identifies) woman sitting next to me on one of the planes
Checking in at Lagos airport, I’d asked airline agent for window seat bec I’d wanted to sleep as we crossed the Atlantic. As I boarded I realized I had middle seat in one of those rows that have 4 seats.Urgh. I asked flight attendant to let me know of any empty window/aisle seats
As soon as I sat down, the woman’s husband - I would say the couple are in their 70s - complimented my jacket saying “South Africa has beautiful fabrics. We just came from Cape Town.” They were returning home to Toronto after attending their nephew’s wedding in Cape Town.
In February, #JamalKhashoggi kindly shared the Arabic version of an oped I wrote for Washington Post about #MosqueMeToo which I started for Muslim women to talk about sexual harassment and assault in Sacred spaces, including Hajj in Makkah, #Saudi Arabia
Immediately after Jamal shared my column, i was inundated with one of the worst and most coordinated attacks by #Saudi regime trolls I have ever experienced. For days. It was a window into how much shit he and other Saudis who are critical got and continue to get.
“Talking costs you dearly now,” one Saudi academic said in August after declining to meet with a Bloomberg News reporter. #Saudi
The number of asylum-seekers from #Saudi Arabia with pending cases has more than doubled since Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman began rise to power: from 575 in 2015—the year MBS publicly began his rise to power—to 1,256 in 2017, according to the UN.
It is all well & good that companies & lobbyists are reassessing #Saudi Arabia over reported murder of #JamalKhashogg. BUT! Where the fuck have all these people and firms been for decades? The violations of the #Saudi monarchy have never been a secret. nyti.ms/2CcsOjL
Glad to see people pay attention, finally, and I wish it hadn’t been over such a gruesome crime. I wish people and firms had started boycotting #Saudi royal family over its gender apartheid that affects all women there. Or the #Yemen war. Or jails full of activists. Or. And. Or.
This was my first oped about #Saudi Arabia for a US newspaper - ironically enough, The Washington Post. Fifteen schoolgirls had died in a fire because religious police wouldn’t let them out because the girls weren’t wearing a cloak and a headscarf washingtonpost.com/archive/opinio…
This is how propaganda for the patriarchy works: it paints women who have been sexually assaulted as the criminals and men who have assaulted as the victims as a strategy to divert sympathy from the former to the latter. For example:
Popaganda for the patriarchy insists that we look at the men who sexually assault as “our brothers, sons, husbands,” rather than seeing the women they assault as “their sisters, daughters, wives” so as to divert sympathy from the latter to the former
I have barely slept.I have been unable to stop thinking about #JamalKhashoggi. I knew him from when we both were columnists for #Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat b4 I was banned.We met just once, I think. But reports yest of his killing came same day as #Kavanaugh & my worlds collided
Trump has emboldened so many dictators,esp Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.With so much attention been sucked up by US,the killing of Jamal,who wasn’t an esp outspoken critic,is sure to embolden regimes further & signal to dissidents & opponents that their harm will go unnoticed
To think that you could go to your country’s consulate to get paperwork for an upcoming wedding and be killed and dismembered because of your writing is horrific. It’s evil. And to know that the regime responsible for that has a best friend in the most powerful country in earth!
Whatever happens today:
- Trump did not invent white supremacy or patriarchy.
- White supremacy and patriarchy will not end if Kavanaugh is not confirmed.
- Defy, disobey and disrupt white supremacy and patriarchy at every turn
- Make them fear you #MakePatriarchyFearYou
My message is to white Americans who will spend today saying:
- “This isn’t the America I know” - it is and has been for a very long time and you should be asking why you just now paid attention. Where have you been?
To white American women who’ll spend today saying:
-“Roe v Wade! No more rapists in power!”
Rapists have been in power for centuries.Ask indigenous & Black women.Anti-choice legislation in several states already made abortion nearly impossible for many women of colour,poor women
In 2016, my friend & journalist @AhNidzara took me to Vilna Vlas, a hotel & spa in Višegrad which was used as a rape concentration camp in 1992 during Bosnian war. Women & girls were raped individually & en masses in empty swimming pool. It is still being used as a hotel and spa.
In 2017, I went with France-based anti-racist activists from @EGAMofficial to Rwanda to take part in the commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsis. Rape was used as a weapon of war systematically against women who were also mitigated, and many killed.
These “Women for Trump”:
- Who indoctrinated them?
- Who taught them to submit to men?
- Why are they so brainwashed?
- Should I save them?
For decades, I’ve been asked by white people:
- What is wrong with Muslim women?
- Why do they put up with all that patriarchy and misogyny?
And here I am asking the same about these “Women for Trump” who are the 53% of white American women voters who voted for him.
That female reporter who jumped in willingly to ask a “question on trade” after Trump shut down the female reprter asking a question about Kavanaugh: shame on you! When you see a fellow reporter demeaned & shut down like that, ask the Q Trump refuses to answer until he answers!
That Brett Kavanaugh is a federal judge is a reminder of feminist psychiatrist Judith Herman’s words: “The legal system is designed to protect men from the superior power of the state but not to protect women or children from the superior power of men.”
Trump, Kavanaugh, Graham: white patriarchy + wealth + entitlement. These are men who were raised to believe everything revolved around and for them and that they would never be held accountable. Ever. And when they are, they act like 👇🏽#Patriarchy.
White supremacy + patriarchy + wealth + entitlement = the highest office in the land to the judges who mete out “justice” to the laws that elected officials pass. Every level of power in the United States of America
You voted for those people, America. They represent you.
-The majority of white American women voters vote GOP —> Grassley and the all-male Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
-There has never been a woman GOP Senator on that committee. It is 2018. #KavanaughHearings
It is 2018. These are the GOP Senators on the Judiciary Committee.
- Old white men - average is 62, Grassley is 85.
- A majority of white American women voters vote GOP. They are footsoldiers of the white supremacist patriarchy that hurts us all. #KavanaughHearings
It is 2018.
- Regardless of how you vote, as a white American, white supremacy works in your favour.
- But if you’re a white woman, patriarchy does not.
I urge all white American women to remember that and to fight it by fighting gendered racism. #KavanaughHearings