2012 International Women’s Day - Atheist Women - Courage - Support - Human Rights

I just got back from running an errand, I was picking up a few things at the local convenience store. When I got to the counter to pay for my purchases, I greeted the manager of the store (a woman, and an acquaintance) with; "Happy International Women's Day". She responded, "Is that what it is?"

2012 International Women’s Day

Human Rights cannot be addressed without the inclusion of all humans, irrespective of gender.

2012 International Women’s Day

Okay, yeah, I'm a guy …I'm also a feminist. Let's get this straight; to me, Feminism and Women's Rights are inextricable facets of Human Rights as well as basic human dignity and egalitarianism.

2012 International Women’s Day

Yes, I'm aware of the many groups excluded by the (absolutely untenable) label "special interest". A label universally applied by those who feel an entitlement to special privilege. These anti-human rights groups are entrenched in our media, political apparatus, religions, corporate power brokers, etc, etc, etc (sorry for the redundancy there, but …it's that ubiquitous a social maladaptation it bears repeating).

2012 International Women’s Day

As activist atheists, skeptics, humanists, …any label/identity that can be tied to "rational human", we have a duty to support and promote any and all aspects of all-inclusive, egalitarian human rights. That simple. We (atheists of both genders) are all guilty of sometimes forgetting this duty to some degree, even the most benign seeming faux pax will to somebody - somewhere, will be an issue of exclusion or marginalization. 

2012 International Women’s Day

At the other end of the spectrum there are examples of courage and sacrifice in the cause of women's rights every day. Most go unnoticed, ignored by a mainstream media that lost its way a long time ago. 

2012 International Women’s Day

Sometimes, an act of courage is noticed by those who recognize its importance in spite of being ignored initially by the mainstream. Last year Egyptian atheist, student and blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy posted a nude photograph of herself, announced it on twitter (#NudePhotoRevolutionary) and an atheist/feminism meme was born.

2012 International Women’s Day

Courage, this isn't an act of exhibitionism or objectification. Courage, this isn't an obscene act, offensive, or at the other end of the spectrum; a mere voyeurism opportunity for those who can't rightfully call themselves rational thinkers. This is an act of courage, it is also the seed of revolution.

2012 International Women’s Day

Solidarity for this act of courage was almost immediate and knew no borders, be they ethnic, geographic, gender, etc.

"Young members of the Worker-communist Party of Iran who live in Iranhave joined the scream! Since they would be executed for this act, their faces are covered with slogans saying ‘Long Live Women’s Freedom’, ‘No to Hejab’, ‘No to Islamic Reaction’, and ‘No to Gender Discrimination’. They have printed the calendar and pasted it behind them. This photo has made my day." Maryam Namazie




2012 International Women’s Day

Support for Ms. Elmahdy came not only from western countries and all parts of the planet, but even from an example of political polarity -> Israel and Iran.

2012 International Women’s Day

Atheist blogger Maryam Namazie came up with the idea to create a Calendar with nude photos of prominent atheist activist women in support of this revolutionary act. It was released today as part of 2012 International Women’s Day. 

Show your support for human rights, 2012 International Women’s Day, atheist women, free expression and the fight against oppression by purchasing a calendar here.

Some links and media:

Facebook

#nudephotorevolutionary (twitter hashtag)

CNN interview with Ms. Elmahdy

Nude photo of Egyptian blogger is a scream against Islamism

Aliaa is not obscene; you are!

Israelis strip in support of Egypt blogger

Calling on all nude photo revolutionaries

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and RAWA support it – so should you!

Iranian Actress Breaks Taboos, Sparks Scandal By Posing Topless

Translation:

She is… Blasphemy Day

Look at her

No No do not turn your look away from her

She is hope, She is life, she is love, She is the hearts desire

No, she is the power to survive

I missed you by the right of freedom

You who created existence

You are hope you are life you are love you are the hearts desire

You are the power to survive

The Awakening is you

The sunrise, is you

Wake up now… now…

Freedom… freedom… freedom…

There's tons more but, time constrains me from looking for more, so: Please feel free to add any links and comments, but, do realize that I will remove anything deemed ignorant, bigoted, sexist or just basically so stupid it's counter-productive; at my discretion.

Please support this, as well as any efforts to raise awareness of women's rights, today, …and everyday. If you haven't yet, subscribe to (or bookmark in your browser) all the atheist feminism blogs at Freethoughtblogs.com.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2012 at 5:32am

Great! Thanks

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 9, 2012 at 12:11am

"Just bought the calendar!"

WooHoo! People often remark that posting something won't change people's minds. I always tell them, …if it influences only one person, it's more than worth the effort.

"If anyone had a problem seeing my tits, it was just that - their problem."

I really don't understand this one, I think some people (even some who've "lost" religion) have been so indoctrinated into thinking the human body is somehow "dirty", they can't see the art and beauty in the human form. It's not our bodies that are corrupt, just some people's minds.

"I've never understood how the religious can have such hatred for those who gave birth to them, whose breasts fed them, and whose daily care enabled them to survive."

Anything that empowers women threatens any patriarchal illusion (religious or not) of male "superiority". It's crazy how long this has persisted...

Comment by Dorris Journeay on March 8, 2012 at 9:02pm

Just bought the calendar!

This just makes me happy.  Once when I was mowing my lawn on a hot summer day, I took off my tee shirt and bra and continued on.  My husband thought it was great, but asked me why I did it.  I replied that if men could run around shirtless in public, there was no good reason why I couldn't (I have to qualify this by explaining that we live out in the country where no one could really see me, so I wasn't risking arrest - unlike the brave Muslim women). If anyone had a problem seeing my tits, it was just that - their problem.  I also vociferously support the right of women to breast feed whenever and wherever they need to, without having to cover up with a blanket or hide in a restroom somewhere or apologize for using their breasts for their natural function.  

Comment by Dorris Journeay on March 8, 2012 at 8:50pm

Beautiful!  I've never understood how the religious can have such hatred for those who gave birth to them, whose breasts fed them, and whose daily care enabled them to survive.  I've never understood why they can't understand that if they are humans, with full human rights, then they were born of humans, who also have full human rights - including the right to use our bodies however we see fit, to enjoy sex free of worry, to choose whether to reproduce or not, and to fulfill our potential in every way.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 8, 2012 at 5:10pm

"Some of these theist groups of the Christian Right are just deplorable in their statements and actions towards women."

Absolutely, I agree, and my blog post should in no way reflect that American women (whom have representation in this calendar as well) have it easy. Especially considering recent right-wing polemics.

But, imagine the courage it takes to stand up (nude) for the rights of women in places like Egypt, or Iran. The latter especially. 

Speaking of Iran, this just in from 

Iranians in Iran join Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar

"Young members of the Worker-communist Party of Iran who live in Iran have joined the scream! Since they would be executed for this act, their faces are covered with slogans saying ‘Long Live Women’s Freedom’, ‘No to Hejab’, ‘No to Islamic Reaction’, and ‘No to Gender Discrimination’. They have printed the calendar and pasted it behind them. This photo has made my day." ~ Maryam Namazie

Now that's courage….

Comment by Reason Being on March 8, 2012 at 3:51pm

Great post!  I think it is important to keep calling attention to women's rights.  I think it is equally when males do it like you have and I have done on my blog as well.  One last thing to note, I think it is important to state that women's rights are not just at stake in places like the Middle East or Africa, but even here in the U.S.  Some of these theist groups of the Christian Right are just deplorable in their statements and actions towards women.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 8, 2012 at 12:46pm

"But why the sigma in your signature?"

A few reasons, not the least of which is a geek-based love of math, chemistry, physics; and that it's the closest letter (visually) in the Greek alphabet, to the upper-case Roman "E". 

Comment by Mary O'Grady on March 8, 2012 at 12:35pm

Thank you, Richard. Happy Int'l Women's Day to you, too.

But why the sigma in your signature?

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 8, 2012 at 11:28am

"Sounds like there's a pro-veil revolution just waiting to happen."

Sounds like an interesting topic for discussion, perhaps you should start a forum thread/write a blog post on the subject.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 8, 2012 at 11:17am

"Similarly, I hope women in societies that condemn burqas are wearing the fuck out of those today."

There's a few more relevant facets to this issue.

I say burn the veil

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