This past September, a Turkish woman shot and beheaded the man that had blackmailed and raped her for months. The woman, identified as N.Y., was also pregnant by her rapist; she had “repeatedly stated her to wish to abort the baby,” according to news reports, but her request was denied by a Turkish court. In Turkey, women are permitted to abort a pregnancy that was the result of rape up until the 20th week; since N.Y. was 29 weeks pregnant, the court said she could not legally obtain an abortion. Last month, she gave birth to a girl; N.Y. has said she will not raise a child that was the result of rape, and the girl will be placed in state foster care. (Interestingly, the widow of the man that raped N.Y. had initially offered to raise the baby, but her children objected so much that she withdrew her offer.)
We thought it would be interesting to share with the readers some of the books we have read and really found valuable to us. Many of these books are written by women, for women and highlight various forms of issues that are relevant to women. The books about LGBTQ issues are important no matter gender and age.
Feminist Conversations is a weekly feature here at Feminists For Choice, where we spotlight feminists from across the interwebs to find out what feminism means to them. This week we’re talking to Megan Faragher, Megan a graduate student studying English Literature at SUNY Buffalo. Megan earned her BA in Women’s Studies at Arizona State University, where she lead the Women’s Student Coalition for two years. I consider her a comrade in the struggle, and I was very excited to touch base with her for this article.
When did you first decide to call yourself a feminist, and what contributed to that decision?
When I was a high school student, I was enamored with the literary production of women. I happened to be in a combination course on American History and Literature. While the English instructor was fantastic, our history instructor was a bit of a sexist curmudgeon. Upon reading the short story of Charlotte Perkins Gilman titled “The Yellow Wallpaper,” I was introduced to the massive ignorance still held by many men in regards to female authorship. The story documents Gilman’s postpartum depression and the inadequacy of the patriarchal medical establishment to provide women with respect and dignity. My male instructor dismissed the value of the story, claiming it was produced by an “insane woman” and should be read in only that light. By contrast, I saw the story as one of survival and empowerment. It acted as a severe indictment of the men who produced women only as medical subjects, and ignored the autonomy of the women they treated. After several heated exchanges, I recognized myself in the term “feminist” and I never turned back. [Read more...]