To mark the day, I went to a theatre show last night based on the eighteenth-century Story of Kieu - or on part of it, because it's a long story, covering fifteen years of the protagonist's various struggles against a very oppressive and anti-woman society. The adaptation last night ended, for those of you who know the poem, at the terrible moment when her bandit-lover, having accepted her advice to make peace with the "legitimate authority", finds that "legitimate authority" is without honour or mercy.
More sombrely, an article about the real-world continuing oppression of women:
The Handmaid's Tale has already come true, just not for western women.
I didn't get to see Arrival over the weekend, as hoped, nor have I yet managed to return to Nirvana in Fire. :( And things don't look like letting up for the next two-three weeks. (I did manage to return to the Narnia Prince Caspian read-through, after a very long absence.)
And now I've checked some of your posts, and found news of the decades-long campaigner for human rights in Manipur, Irom Sharmila Chanu! Wonderful! Brilliant!! More power to her, and achievement of her goals, which are not just for her, but for everybody in Manipur (even the oppressors, who are without question damaged by the wrongs they inflict). And for women everywhere working for a better world!
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