Im Zusammenhang mit der Strauss-Kahn Affäre und der Berichterstattung dazu habe ich mich doch sehr gehörig darüber gewundert, dass unsere Qualitätsmedien von taz bis Spiegel auch heute noch allen Ernstes der Meinung sind, dass Vergewaltigung und Sex irgendwie dasselbe sind. Oder doch zumindest so eng verwandt, dass man in Überschriften das eine durchaus mal für das andere verwenden kann.
Ich will mich in den nächsten Tagen drüben im Liebe- Blog einmal genauer mit dem Zusammenhang von Sexualität und Gewalt beschäftigten. Aber es wird noch etwas dauern, bis ich dazu komme. Einstweilen dokumentiere ich hier eine soeben veröffentlichte Stellungnahme von Feministinnen aus verschiedenen Ländern, die noch einmal das Selbstverständliche klarstellen: Dass es bei Vergewaltigung NICHT um sexuelle Lust geht, sondern um die Lust an Macht und an Dominanz.
Feminists Demand Let Justice Be Done
Rape and sexual harassment of women are pervasive at all strata of society and in all corners of the globe. Women will never be fully free and able to enjoy equality with men until this ends. As feminists, we see the arrest of former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges as an opportunity to increase public awareness and as a wake-up call to renew action against sexual violence, not only in the US where his arrest occurred and in France, where media and many public figures are portraying him as the victim, but around the world.
We join French feminists in saying that just as Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty, his accuser must also be respected and believed to be credible unless proven false. We commend her employer, Sofitel, and the action of the NYC Police for taking her complaint seriously. We call for feminists around the world to join with her union (New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council Local 6) in collecting funds for legal and daily expenses, as her work is now curbed and life circumstances vastly altered. Funds and support are urgently needed to counter a common dynamic in these cases—the pressure to settle out of court for a fee. Contributions can be sent to Judson Memorial Church (attention Women’s Fund) 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012-1018. The rich and powerful must not be allowed to buy the silence of victims; this crime must have its day in court.
We also share French feminist indignation at the deliberate and opportunistic confusion of seduction and sexual violence, from Strauss-Kahn’s declaration that he “loves women,” to the journalists and politicians who rally behind this “Great Seducer.” It is outrageous that the allegation of attempted rape during the course of a housekeeper’s work day raises issues about this woman’s life story and sexual history. And portraying powerful Strauss-Kahn as “too civilized” to commit a violent crime plays upon colonial and racist stereotypes vis-à-vis an African immigrant woman.
We adamantly oppose all harassment, sexual violence and rape, and we know that when there is a large discrepancy between the power, the wealth and racial hierarchy of the parties involved, justice is even harder to come by. All rapists and harassers believe they are entitled, and often when they are part of the power elite they assume that influence will outweigh the legal protection and freedom from coercion all women should enjoy. Feminists around the world demand that justice be done.
Women of all countries, unite!
This statement was initiated by the following feminists:
Bettina Aptheker, CA, U.S. – Lori Askeland, OH, U.S. – Eleanor J. Bader, NY, U.S. – Rosalyn Baxandall, NY, U.S. – Halina Bendkowski, Berlin, Germany – Saliha Boussédra, Toulouse, France – Eileen Boris, CA, U.S. – Ariel Dougherty, NM, U.S. – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, CA, U.S. – Judith Ezekiel, Toulouse, France – Francisca de Haan, Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Myrna Hill, CA, U.S. – Merle Hoffman, NY, U.S. – Barrie Karp, NY, U.S. – Bea Kreloff, NY, U.S. – Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Frankfurt, Germany – Ilana Lowy, Paris France – Fran Luck, NY, U.S. – Claire G. Moses, VA, U.S. – Marge Piercy, MA, U.S. – Fanette Pollack, NY, U.S. – Marilyn Porter, Newfoundland, Canada – Deborah Rosenfelt, MD, US – Kathryn Scarbrough, NJ, U.S. – Donna Schaper, NY, U.S. – Lise Vogel, NY, U.S. – Suzanna Walters, IN, U.S. – Naomi Weisstein, NY, U.S. – Barbara Winslow, NY, U.S. – Laura X, CA, U.S. -
Also signed by:
Carol Hanisch, NY, U.S. – Jane Barry, PA, U.S. – Nancy Krieger, MA, U.S. – Vicki Nichols, VA, U.S. – Mary Carlson, CA, U.S. – Shailja Patel, Nairobi, Kenya – Elaine Shinbrot, NJ, U.S. – Barbara Rylko-Bauer, MI, U.S. – Amanda Frisken, NY, U.S. – Dabney Evans, GA, U.S. – Trude Bennett, NC, U.S. – Amy Kessleman , NY, U.S. – Therese McGinn, NY, U.S. – Carolina Neiva Viancello, Brussels, Belgium – Comfort Momoh, London, UK – Naana Otoo-Otortoy, London, UK – Abebah Tekleab, Stockholm, Sweden – Khady Koita, Tervuren, Belgium – Ambara Hashi Nur, Aarhus, Denmark – Etenesh Hadis, Vienna, Austria – Batulo Essek, Helsinki, Finland – Julie Kakiese, Brussels, Belgium – Fana Habteab, Uppsala, Sweden – Maretta Short, NJ, USA – Martha Vicinus, MA, USA – Rosalind Petchesky, NY, U.S. – Lauri Andress, TX, U.S – Susan Reverby, MA, U.S. – Leslie Dubbin, CA, U.S. – Ellen Ross, NY, U.S. – Temma Kaplan, NY, U.S. – Troy Shinbrot, NJ, U.S. – Roberta Salper, MA, U.S. – Stephanie Gilmore, DE, U.S. – Susan Brownmiller, NY, U.S. – Laura Anker, NY, U.S. – Kathleen Slaon, CT, U.S. – Chris Coombe, MI, US – Abby Lippman, Quebec, Canada – Linda Stein, NY, U.S. – Rosemary Szegda, NJ, U.S. – Estelle Regolsky, MA, U.S. – Brigitte Bramie, Paris France – Guylène Deasy, NC, U.S. – Monique Dental, Paris, France – Alice Ngyone Endamne, CA, U.S. – Jules Falquet, Paris, France – Suzy Rojtman, Paris, France – Maya Surduts, Paris, France – Anne-Marie Viossat, Paris, France – Rebecca Whisnant, OH, US – Bronwyn Winter, Sydney Australia – Estelle B. Freedman, CA, U.S. – Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Ontario, Canada – Juliet Ash, London, England – Barbara Garson, NY, U.S. – Laura Flanders, NY, U.S. – Marilyn Zivian, CA, U.S. – Nísia Trindade Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – Heather Booth, Washington, DC, U.S. – Eve Ensler, Paris, France – Leila J. Rupp, CA, U.S. – Kathryn Kish Sklar, NY, U.S. – Joan Ditzion, MA, U.S. – Sonia Fuentes, FL, U.S. – Chandra L. Ford, CA, U.S. – Aida Hurtado, CA, U.S. – Alison Williams, NJ, U.S. – Elizabeth Pleck, IL, U.S. – Shelley Fisher Fishkin CA, U.S. – Leslie J. Reagan, IL, U.S. – Leisa D. Meyer, VA, U.S. – Katha Pollitt, NY, U.S. – Yanar Mohammed, Baghdad, Iraq – Sonia Jaffe Robbins, NY, U.S. – Alia Shinbrough, NJ, U.S. – JoAnn Jaffe, Saskatchewan, CA. – Dee Appleby, SC, U.S. – William Scarbrough III, SC, U.S.