Punish the victim: reprise
November 25, 2007
Last week I wrote about the sentence of 200 lashes and 6 months in jail for a 19 year old Saudi rape victim. Apparently officials are attempting to fend of criticism by releasing the information that the poor child owned up to having an extramarital affair with the man she was in the car with when the attackers found her.
Well there are a lot of things I could comment about – from the ridiculous dogma that informs these laws, to the oppressive misogyny that supports them – but when I’m this angry all eloquence escapes me. In fact I think I can boil my counter argument down to four relatively simple words:
So. Fucking. What?