وثيقة:The struggle against militarism is a feminist struggle
محتوى متن هذه الصفحة مجلوب من مصدر خارجي و محفوظ طبق الأصل لغرض الأرشيف، و ربما يكون قد أجري عليه تنسيق و/أو ضُمِّنَت فيه روابط وِب، بما لا يغيّر مضمونه، و ذلك وفق سياسة التحرير.
تفاصيل بيانات المَصْدَر و التأليف مبيّنة فيما يلي.
قد توجد وثائق أخرى مصدرها شغف
I wrote this blog in May 2012 and never published it. Here it goes:
The world at the moment seems to be trapped in the fear of islamization; whether of the state or the society, totally trying to ignore the role that military and militias play in making the public and the private sphere more violent than before, and in Egypt, the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF) is taking advantage of that.
I can’t recall a non-Egyptian single friend of mine, or people I meet through work who ask me the same question, what will happen if they took over power? When I hear them ask the question, deep down I wish they would be talking about SCAF, I wish they fear for us from the level of violence that we were subjected to the last year; military tanks running after protestors, the tortures many had to endure, and the infamous virginity testing.
I wish people cared about the normalization of violence that the military brought to our lives ever since they took over from Hosni Mubarak on 11 February 2011. I hope they understand that what I fear is not shutting bars and coffees, that my struggle is not only about the freedom to wear what I like, my struggle as a feminist is bigger than that.
I see the feminist struggle as part of the national struggle for freedom and civil state, a state that does not practice violence, a state that respect its citizens, not a military state. I had my share from the feeling that I have to choose, between living under “Islamic” rule or military rule, I refuse both and I will fight both, but it is enough; stop turning a blind eye to how militarism affects women. I started to feel that we have to be in a civil war or in a conflict zone for people to acknowledge the fact that Egypt is under military rule, since the beginning of the Republic in 1952 and we’re under militarism, maybe Mubarak did wear a suit, but he handed power to his fellow generals and now we have military tanks in the streets, and it’s taking its toll on women.
Military does not see women, they are not allowed to serve in the national army if they want to, and within this institution women are asked to play the traditional roles that society describe to them (such as nursing), hence reinforce patriarchal norms that puts men in the power position, and women in the care-giving sector. The military is the clear manifestation of all the values I’m fighting against: patriarchy, violence, and power. The struggle against militarism is a feminist struggle.