In contrast to the American Misogynist-in-Chief, there’s a movement on the other side of the world to put women on more equal footing with men. And we’re not looking to Europe to be the beacon on the feminist hill. The bright light in the darkness that is the patriarchy?
Well, northern Syria anyway, where the Kurdish all-women People’s Protection Units (YPJ) are leading the way toward a revolution after the revolution. The one where Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF - for the record, they’re the good guys, at least today. I’d check back in on Thursday to be sure, because these things change) fought off ISIS. With a lot of YPJ help.
Because they want things to be different this time around.
“We took lessons from revolutions that happened in other parts of the world,” says Ilham Ahmed, co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council and a longtime political activist in the region. “Women took part in the revolution and after that they had to go back to their kitchens. For that reason we put freedom of women at the center of our document.”
In the region they’re putting laws on the books outlawing polygamy and child marriage. Meanwhile, America the Hypocritical backs pedophiles for the Senate. It’s a weird world when Syria’s kicking our ass in the equality department.
Lemmon writes good. I had some thoughts a few years back
on her book Ashley’s War
about the Cultural Support Teams. Since then the US military’s opened up combat arms jobs to women. So we don’t need CSTs, or at least how they were then. So at some point maybe we’ll catch up to the YPJs.