Sequels are inevitable. This is a sequel to my previous post. I was thinking about feminism and violence. Then I was thinking about women since it was that time of the year:
In Pakistan working women in formal and informal sectors celebrate International Women’s Day every year to commemorate their ongoing struggle for due rights, despite facing many cultural and religious restrictions.
According to Wikipedia, it sounds so hopeless. For hope and optimism, this worked for me like nothing else. However, I have been thinking along the lines of visual representation – particularily images that connect women with violence. I wasn’t thinking of woman as a victim – but of woman as a violent being. I do not condone violence (maybe in my dreams) but images are powerful and can lead to all kinds of interpretations.
Now you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m trying to get at here – but like I said before, I’m just confused and looking for answers. That state of being probably makes a lousy blog post but I can’t seem to help myself.
I found the image below in a news item that was about men robbing a bank dressed like women:
Cross-dressing at it’s finest. These men need to be women to break the law. Or, the world is more messed up than I think. What does this image do? It creates all kinds of associations. In this mad world, it could mean so many things. It could point towards some weird new fetishism. It could also point towards a very popular notion in the world about religion. It could mean too many things.
Are these the new pin-up girls? They could be. I have heard too many men putting women down because they “reek of feminism” which is “just another kind of violence” – images like the one above do nothing to alleviate my sinking heart and mind. But then again, they do look powerful. People have always associated power with guns and other killing machines. So are these women powerful? Is that a “good” thing? Is it anything at all? Do men (or people in general) fear such power?
I just have too many questions.
She certainly cannot be ignored:
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report, State of the World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change, released on 20 October 2010, acknowledges the role women play in forging peace, but cautions against the assumptions of women as nurturers and “natural peace-makers … [choosing] non-violent solutions rather than conflict whenever possible”.
I feel I am incapable of forming a conclusive opinion. I just know that this interests me at the moment (again, making this a lousy blog post but I am helpless). Maybe this is just an ode to a different kind of pin-up girl. Maybe I just need to focus on aunties like I used to (which was always cathartic) or maybe I just need to sleep.