How amazing that when I look at nature, art, gorgeous clothes, I feel good. I have a smile on my face and a positive attitude. And I can forget how horrible the World can be. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I got a good reminder of that last night.
So I’m not talking about fashion today. Instead, I will follow my own advice- "do not think about shopping when, sad or pissed off..." retail therapy is always good for the stores but bad for our pocket book.
I watched a movie called "The Stoning of Soraya M.” director, Cyrus Nowrasteh. I cannot get the story out of my head or my stomach- no dose of Style.com or Vogue, could do that either. So I decided to raise my little voice and share my thoughts, because, here, I know I can.
The movie is based on a true story that took place in 1986, in Iran, at the start of Khomeini’s reign. A completely innocent woman is stoned to death in the public square, and everyone, from her own father to the village children, and her husband, who has falsely accused her of infidelity so he can marry a 14-year old girl, takes part in the stoning. And everyone is chanting the name of their God, (just like the men blowing themselves up or flying into the twin towers) as they brutally murder this poor, helpless woman. It makes me sick.
Although this story takes place 24 years ago, anyone who keeps up with events in the Middle East knows that behavior such as this continues today. Those engrained behaviors towards women, those religious beliefs and customs passed on from generation to generation, are horrifying.
The very sad part is that this doesn’t happen just in Iran, in so many countries, women are tortured; girls are subjected to genital mutilation and brutalized in countless ways.
I also find it horrifying that in the movie, and in many of these cultures, the little boys were watching and participating. They are taught from birth that women are inferior.
Why so much violence against women in the name of God?
I really believe that people have to talk about it again and again; I know that a lot of organizations around the world are doing an amazing job trying to stop these barbaric practices, and rescue women and children. How can we assist women to help themselves? I don’t know if we, or they, can, but I guess by not being silent we can raise the planet’s consciousness. So let’s do it! Let’s not be silent.
Silence and secrecy aid the perpetrator.
Well, my friends if you have the stomach for it, watch that movie and pass it on.