For An Internationalist
March 8-The International Women’s Day
Revolutionary Women Cry Out: Revolution is the Way
out for Humanity
Pause and ask yourselves: what kind of society
is this (in the world) that the subordination of half of humanity to the other
half is one of its pillars and moral canons? What kind of world are we living
in that from one end to the other, organized (state sanctioned) women’s
oppression and religious ignorance are used for maintaining “social coherence”?
Honor killing, stoning to death and forced marriage
in parts of the world like Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kurdistan, and India
are rampant, while hidden conjugal violence in the “civilized” West kills women
in silence, and yet all this is said to have resulted from the “weakening of
family values,” “abortion,” and the “weakening of religious beliefs”—these are
all too pervasive features of our world.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the most
reactionary oppressive state that the women of Iran have experienced. But the
imperialist ruling classes of the US who are preparing new rounds of aggression
and war in the Middle East are no better and their attempts to justify their
crimes in the Middle East with hypocritical words about liberation of women is
disgusting. They equally benefit from the oppression of women in the US and around
the world. In fact this oppression is built into their world capitalist system.
Trade in women’s flesh is accepted as another legitimate
capitalist commodity to be bought and sold. Marx said capitalism generalizes
prostitution. Indeed, we see that today. In Iran
ruled by Islamic Republics, women are stoned to death for sleeping with the
wrong man but prostitution is increasingly one of the most accessible jobs
offered to women.
Women’s overall conditions in societies across
the world can only be defined as modern-day slavery. This it is not in spite of
the way overall human society is organized today across the world, but rather
because of it! It is not “collateral” damage of the system: women’s oppression
is inscribed in every cell of our present social systems.
Pause and ask yourselves: How is it that
women’s oppression becomes more aggravated with any turning of the wheel of the
capitalist system, the launching of imperialist wars of aggression? How is that
with downward and upward movements of the stock markets, we have witnessed an
upward movement of women’s oppression and the rising star of clericalism in the
world? This is a world in which young girls are sold by fathers who “own” them.
Capitalism has turned these children into commodities and thousand-year-old
religious tenets have been revived to give it legitimacy and a “moral” face.
Women’s oppression has everything to do with
the oppressive and outmoded political, economic, social and belief systems
which dominate our countries and the world. US
imperialism invaded Afghanistan
in the name of a “war against terror” and the “liberation of women.” It ended
up pouring terror on the people of Afghanistan
and reinforcing all patriarchal, tribal, and religious authorities. Before the US occupation of Iraq women had more equal status.
They could move around in cities freely without the Islamic hejab.
Now they have to accept the ultimate humiliation of shamefully hiding their
bodies and hair from men who do not own them. In most Gulf
States in the Middle East which are run
imperialism (and their Islamic Sheiks), women are even deprived of driving.
What CNN ads about the fantasy islands of Dubai
do not inform you of
is that part and parcel of this big world casino-real estate
market involves trading young girls from Iran,
Iraq, the Philippines, Afghanistan, etc as prostitutes.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq
have fueled this slave trade across Middle
All of this is a profound sign of something:
the system dominating the world is rotten and stinks, and calls upon us to
overthrow it. Pause and ask yourselves: what kind of system is running our
human society? Why should we tolerate it? Why should we be accomplices to this
monster by “business as usual” behavior?
We are approaching March 8, which is a day of
struggle against women’s oppression and a reminder to everybody that our movement
for uprooting women’s oppression has a say on all kinds of oppressions that the
system metes out to different parts of humanity.
Obama has promised to be different than the
Bush regime; he says he will only pursue “good” wars! He asks us to respect the
holocaust of the Palestinian people by Israel. Is this supposed to be
“good” Holocaust vs. “bad" one just because it is carried out by children
of the victims of the fascist Nazi Holocaust?
What kind of world is this that warmongers can
pose as “peaceful” and wars of aggression as “self-defense”?
This is the same sick system that makes people
respect women’s oppression under the name of respecting “life” and
patriarchal “family values” are at the heart of its morality. This is the same
sick system that makes people respect religious obscurantism as a timeless
This system destroys us in a variety of ways.
And once we rebel, its executioners suppress us and then show us the magic
ballot box which supposedly holds the key to our emancipation. They tell us we
should hinge our hopes on their democracy and that we should help boost their
capitalist markets because these are supposed ly the
apex of human achievement. They rob us of all our humanity and instead they
present us with a different looking president and say this is a “revolution”!
But this greedy and war-hungry system requires and can only produce a bloody,
ruthless leader, and Obama will prove no exception.
Just think a bit: how is it possible that an
African-American (or a woman for that matter) sitting on top of a system of
exploitation and oppression would or could change our situation of oppression
and exploitation? It can only make us doze off for a while. The same
hypocritical game is played in Iran.
Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran too, in their attempts to neutralize
the rebellious mood of the masses against their rotten clerical state, use
electoral games. They some times come up with the choice of a “moderate Mullah”
and some times with a “justice loving” leader. But these are just different
brands of poisons offered to the masses.
The Islamic fundamentalists as well as the
imperialists are reactionary forces. There are no “good oppressors” vs. “bad
oppressors.” This is a deep lesson that the peoples of the world should draw
from the bloody experience of women in Iran
It is a system that we are facing! Misogyny and
women’s slavery, poverty, homophobia, racial and gender apartheid, child labor, religious slave mindedness, wars, holocausts and
genocides are continuously produced by this system.
While weaving and integrating the whole world
under its thumb, capitalism has reached the apex of its rotten existence. It
offers absolutely no way of reforming or moderating its dreadful way of life.
But this system will not go away on its own accord. It must be pushed out of
existence by conscious people. We declare, if this system lives longer, it will
tighten its noose around our necks and the lives of majority of the people of
the world will become even more horrendous and amongst them, as usual, women
will receive most of the brunt.
In our countries of Iran
and Afghanistan and in the Middle East overall, Islamic fundamentalist forces claim
to be an alternative to the world capitalist imperialist system. But Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle
East as well as the Christian fundamentalists in the US who reside at the core
of the US ruling class, share the basic principles of the imperialist
capitalist system, among which are sacred private property laws and women’s
oppression along with using organized ignorance to keep the people phased out
and confused. The ideal society of the Islamic fundamentalists is based on the
total subordination of women to men at every level of society. The morality of
their ideal society absolutely hinges on women knowing the role assigned to
them as loyal sex objects of the men they belong to and actively producing
offspring for them—especially of the male variety.
It is more than one hundred years that we women
have been fighting against our imposed inferiority and subordinate position.
Through the ups and downs of this battle we have better grasped the nature of
the class systems that perpetuate this oppression. We have come to know that we
must fight in an organized way. We have come to know better that having a
crystal clear and uncompromising perspective for our battle is vital, because
otherwise our fighting energy would be diverted in false directions such as a
simple restructuring of women’s oppression and keeping the system intact. We
can not allow ourselves to be duped by false promises and false roads.
Revolution is our only way out. Women have the most to gain from revolution.
Common oppression makes the women of the world a vast and powerful army of the
wretched of the earth who have nothing to lose and a world to win. Women’s
oppression is international and the struggle to uproot it can and must have an
The road to the world capitalist imperialist
system has been paved by the enslavement of women. The road to its undoing
deeply depends on the women of the world consciously rebelling against it.
Therefore, let us celebrate IWD 2009 in the US and around
the world with this conviction. Let us unite and decide to rise to the challenge:
let us be the clarion call of revolution in this age of amazing affluence and
rampant cruelty, discrimination, injustice, destruction. Let us dare to break
our chains and be emancipators of humanity.
March 8 Women´s
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