Divorce is a bloody business. The couple are sucked into a gigantic legal machine that processes their assets (and them and their children), and spits them out raw and poorer, with mostly the man carrying the heaviest financial burden (as well as often deprived of any meaningful input into his children’s upbringing from that point on), and it is high time we kicked the judges and the lawyers out of the entire process.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
When I heard that Malala Yousafzai had been named as co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, I was filled with a deep sense of unease. I sensed that this young woman, terribly used and abused as she has been, and coming as she does from that crucible of international terrorism, the Swat valley in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border lands, has all the potential of becoming even more dangerous to world peace than Osama Bin Laden ever was in his time operating from that troubled region.
I constantly hear from women (and men) who declare themselves to be feminists, that feminism is a ‘broad church’ with many different aspects to it: that feminists can’t all be expected to see eye-to-eye with each other, and it all seems rather obvious to them. Their argument goes that people can disagree, and that’s alright.
But I’m afraid this selective hypocrisy simply doesn’t wash if you stack it up against reality.
It is a universal truth that a person’s rights end where another’s begin. Put another way, the right to swing my fist ends at the other man’s nose. You cannot gain rights to anything without infringing the rights of others. There are only so many rights to go round, and feminists who claim their rights without proper regard for the consequences for everyone are engaging in little more than an irresponsible social mutiny. It cannot end equitably.