Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Justice is a Woman with a Sword

Somewhere in Canada, 2007...

In this day and age, in beautiful, vast and allegedly progressive North America, we are still living in a world where women are treated as second-class citizens, undeserving of the same protection and respect that men enjoy.

The word "spinster" conveys a pejorative connotation, while "bachelor" does not.

Men are allowed to deduct men's clubs membership fees from their income as "business expenses", while single, successful career women cannot do the same with respect to child-care expenses.

Gender-based violence directed against women is still rampant and understated, both by society at large, the governments and the judicial system. Some people, including other women, and including members of the judiciary, still believe that there are such principles as tacit, implied or prior consent to sexual activity, which would allow a man, for example, to fondle his sleeping/drunken/passed-out wife to his heart's content.

As a woman, as a person with a legal education, as a citizen, and as a human person deserving of equal rights to respect, dignity and autonomy, I am sick of this world, and I want to change it.

The battle for women's rights is far from over. It still requires to be fought on every front, at every moment, by every woman or man.

I decided to start this blog in the hope of inciting other people to join this fight, to engage in concrete actions at the individual level, and more generally, to discuss social, political and legal issues pertaining to women's rights.

Justice is often allegorically portrayed as a blindfolded woman, wielding a sword, and holding a balance in the other, D.A. Clarke reminds us. This allegorical figure is not weak or feebleminded. She is wise and strong, capable of careful reasoning and of bold action.

It just made sense to me to use this figure as the inspiration for the name of this blog. In order to reach the fundamental goals of equality, dignity and justice for all women, I think it's sometimes necessary to arm ourselves, and not be afraid to fight for our most basic rights.

1 comment:

Sam Kamhogo said...