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article imageOp-Ed: ‘Wimmin’s’ Liberation at the British Library

By Alexander Baron     Apr 1, 2013 in Politics
London - The British Library is exploring the "Wimmin’s Liberation Movement" through an oral history archive. If you thought this was about education, think again.
If you thought the loony wimmin's movement was about nubile young things burning their bras, dream on. This movement that aims to liberate wimmin - as opposed to women - is really a form of class war, which as you know depends on oppressed minorities rising up to overthrow their oppressors. Women, who make up 51% of the adult population and outlive men in the UK by more than four years, are an oppressed minority? Yep. Some of them also appear to suffer from an identity crisis. Take the testimony of Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters; she thinks she is black when clearly she is Asian. Very few ethnic Indians consider themselves black, especially those who were booted out of Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972, but in politically correct parlance, "black" means anyone who is not white, and don't let's mention that sick American euphemism "people of color". Yuk!
Enough of Pragna, but what of her organisation, Southall Black Sisters? According to its accounts filed with the Charity Commission, in 2011, this trust received £60,012 from Comic Relief. Which is certainly apt, because its campaigns are a joke. According to an article in the Guardian two years ago: "The charity campaigns for and offers practical support to women escaping domestic violence and forced marriages...[it] support[ed] Kiranjit Ahluwalia, imprisoned for murdering her violent husband...[and] successfully challenged the legal definition of provocation".
For "imprisoned for murdering her violent husband" read "she killed him, but he deserved it". This was in fact a very high profile case, but for those unfamiliar with it, she burned him to death, an act that according to the July 1992 Court of Appeal judgment took considerable preparation. Granted, he did have a history of violence against her, a claim that was supported by both her doctor's notes and two civil injunctions, but this begs the question why didn't she simply leave him? She was not just an educated woman but a graduate.
True, a man shouldn't beat his wife - except with a rod no thicker than his thumb, no, not really, that is yet another feminist hoax - but it remains to be seen if this was a proportionate response. Southall Black Sisters were instrumental in "liberating" Kiranjit Ahluwalia, but they had less success with Zoora Shah. This is hardly surprising as she attempted on more than one occasion to poison her married lover, solicited his murder, and falsely accused another man of raping her. When Southall Black Sisters arrived on the scene they set about manufacturing an entirely new defence for her from scratch, which was rejected by the Court of Appeal, although she has since been parolled.
The version of this case published on their website plays footloose and fancy free with the actual facts.
An altogether different kettle of fish from Pragna and co is Caitlin Moran, who describes herself as a funny feminist. She certainly is, but not for the reasons she thinks.
Caitlin's idea of paradise is a world in which 50% of politicians are women, ditto 50% of bankers. What about 50% of serial killers? Or more prosaically 50% of our prison populations?
Let's stay with this. Although it fluctuates, at present in the UK there are 80,533 males and 3,968 females in prison. And the explanation for that staggering difference is? Let's ask another question, if there were 20 times more black men behind bars pro rata for white men, what would the usual suspects be crying? So is this a case of institutional sexism, or something entirely different?
The simple fact is that men and women are not equal, rather they are biological inequivalents. The failure to recognise this prosaic fact insults men and does women no good in the real world. This does not of course mean there should be no equality under the law, but this is something that should be applied with common sense, something that is far from common in the dreamy academic spires which the likes of Miss Moran inhabit, and where facts are ruthlessly subjugated to ideology. Anyone reading feminist histories should bear this in mind. Even when they appear on the website of the institution whose proud motto is "The world's knowledge".
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