Saturday, September 20, 2003
Hm. Apparently I'm sexist.
A while ago the Swedish foreign minister was stabbed, and now an Iraqi council member has been shot.
Disturbing thing #1: I automatically assumed they were both men. Disturbing thing #2: Not because they were in positions of political power, but because they were, or were almost, assassinated. Disturbing thing #3: And I'm much more disturbed at the idea of women being assassinated than men. It just hits me at a much more visceral level. Is the "protect the women and children" idea so deeply ingrained in my conscience, our conscience, our culture, most cultures? Heck, even hunters shoot stags rather than does. (It's also disturbing that I'm not surprised to hear about women being murdered by their boyfriends/husbands/abductors/assaulters; that "domestic" killings of women are, while still appalling, not contrary to expectation.)
I dunno. It just ain't right, okay?
Disclaimer: Don't you go assassinating anybody now, you hear? And by the way, CIA, how's Castro?
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