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Colonialism and sexism
« on: April 27, 2022, 09:25:59 pm »
As I have always maintained, Western civilization is more, not less, sexist than those which it colonized:

https://theconversation.com/how-colonialism-is-a-major-cause-of-domestic-abuse-against-women-around-the-world-179257

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Postcolonial scholars have been telling us as much for decades. From widespread poverty to racial discrimination and gender inequalities, colonisation put in place systems and structures that are often at the root of heightened violence against women.

Colonial policies

Many colonial systems of governance were based on “racialising” the local population: categorising and marginalising groups of people according to race or ethnicity. For example, the divisions between Hindus and Muslims in pre-partition India and the racial hierarchy instituted in apartheid South Africa. These divisions have provided the fodder for many of the world’s contemporary armed conflicts. Scholars talk about colonial durabilities to describe the way in which colonial histories continue to actively shape the world today.
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Many colonial systems of governance also established regulations and legal frameworks that were particularly damaging for women. Despite the fact that both men and women were in positions of leadership in pre-colonial Nigeria, British colonial officials refused to negotiate with female chiefs. They also put in place a system of land ownership that explicitly excluded women.

The legacy of these policies is that women are still far less likely to own land than men in Nigeria. A recent study of national data has shown that women who do not own land are more likely to report domestic violence than those that do. This is because land ownership gives women income and power within a relationship. It also gives them options when they need somewhere to go. Women who have power and alternatives are simply less likely to put up with violence and more likely to leave.



https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/whp-origins/era-7-the-great-convergence-and-divergence-1880-ce-to-the-future/74-end-of-empires-betaa/a/read-decolonizing-women-beta

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Women suffered more under colonial rule than men. In addition, early histories of the time ignore women's struggles for independence. Women don't appear much in the official records of that time because they were forbidden to participate in government or business. In some cases, colonial rulers forced women to live as Europeans thought they should, as mothers, wives and home keepers. But before European occupation those same women may have held positions of power in their community.

Colonial rulers and warrant chiefs in Nigeria

Colonial rulers generally only accepted males in roles of authority. For example, before colonial times, communities in Southeastern Nigeria were run by groups of men and women rather than single leaders. But colonial occupiers would only work with male "chiefs." Since there weren't any, the British chose random men to be leaders and called these men "warrant chiefs." These warrant chiefs―supported by colonial rulers―acted as judges and had a lot of power. This included power often over women who had previously been a part of political rule. Women also struggled to make money under colonial rule. In many West African societies before colonialism, women farmed and participated in local business. Most able-bodied women were either farmers or merchants. In southern Nigeria, for example, all members of a family farmed the family land.

Women helped produce important crops like palm oil in Igbo societies, and cocoa in the Yoruba societies. However, British colonialists brought the concept of individual land ownership to Nigeria and only allowed men to be landowners, so women found it difficult to make money from these important cash crops. In some areas however, like among the Igbo, women tried to hold on to their historic role as cultivators and market sellers.

Women participate in anti-colonial actions

Igbo women's knowledge of farming and business helped them resist unfair British laws. In 1929, the British began unfairly taxing women in southeastern Nigeria. These women protested at warrant chief's offices and attacked colonial buildings to demand an end to unfair taxes and the warrant chief system. The women used protest methods that were historically used by Igbo women to express their disapproval of men who abused their power. The women danced, sang songs about their poor treatment, and destroyed courthouses. This protest was known as the Aba Women's Rebellion and lasted two months. The protest ended on December 17th, 1929. During the protest, the British military fired into crowds of protestors and killed 55 women.
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European colonizers forced women out of jobs, took property from them, and removed them from government roles. Many things made it difficult for women to be a part of fighting colonialism. They were forced to be dependent on men, had less rights than men, could not own land and could not even earn money.

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/ancient-world/shock-the-first-crusade-and-the-conquest-of-jerusalem-the-crusades-an-arab-persp/msg4086/#msg4086

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/social-decolonization/msg4458/#msg4458

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/re-genghis-khan/msg4142/#msg4142

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/aryan-fingers/msg659/#msg659

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/re-sexual-dimorphism-preferences/msg1258/#msg1258

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/msg5632/#msg5632

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/msg5678/#msg5678

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/msg7414/#msg7414

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/msg7599/#msg7599
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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2022, 03:46:56 am »
Offshooting from:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/legal-decolonization/msg13434/#msg13434

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Law enforcement in ancient China was carried out by "prefects" for thousands of years since it developed in both the Chu and Jin kingdoms of the Spring and Autumn period. In Jin, dozens of prefects were spread across the state, each having limited authority and employment period. They were appointed by local magistrates, who reported to higher authorities such as governors, who in turn were appointed by the emperor, and they oversaw the civil administration of their "prefecture", or jurisdiction. Under each prefect were "subprefects" who helped collectively with law enforcement in the area. Some prefects were responsible for handling investigations, much like modern police detectives. Prefects could also be women.[13]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_criminal_justice#Ancient_China

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An example of a female prefect would be Lady Qu[4] of Wuding (serving 1531 – c. 1557).

Comparing with Western countries:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_law_enforcement

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The first female police officers in Australia were appointed in New South Wales in July 1915

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Women have played an important role in enforcement since the early 1990s in Austria.

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On September 16, 1974, thirty-two women are sworn in with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as their first female officers.

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In Germany, women were employed in the police force from 1903

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in 1923, Meta Kehrer became the first woman Inspector of the Dutch police force

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the New Zealand Police did not admit women as police officers until 1941.

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Poland ... Finally, on February 26, 1925, the Commander-in-Chief of the State Police signed a decree allowing women to work in the State Police.

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In 1908, the first three women, Agda Hallin, Maria Andersson and Erica Ström, were employed in the Swedish Police Authority in Stockholm

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United Kingdom ... The first woman to be appointed a police officer with full powers of arrest was Edith Smith (1876–1923), who was sworn in to Grantham Borough Police in August 1915.

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The first policewomen in the United States included Marie Owens, who joined the Chicago Police department in 1891; Lola Baldwin, who was sworn in by the city of Portland in 1908; Fanny Bixby, also sworn into office in 1908 by the city of Long Beach, California; and Alice Stebbins Wells, who was initiated into the Los Angeles Police Department in 1910.[24]

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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2022, 11:50:24 pm »




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scold's_bridle

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First recorded in Scotland in 1567, the branks were also used in England and its colonies.
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Escrava Anastacia ("Anastacia the female slave") is a Brazilian folk saint said to have died from wearing a punitive iron muzzle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escrava_Anastacia

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She is often purported to have possessed tremendous healing powers and to have performed other miracles. Eventually, she is punished by her owners by being forced to wear a muzzle-like facemask, which prevents her from speaking, and a heavy iron collar. The reasons given for this punishment vary: some stories report her aiding in the escape of other slaves, others claim she resisted **** by her master, and yet another places the blame on a mistress jealous of Anastacia's beauty. After a prolonged period of suffering, all the while performing more miracles of healing and peace, Anastacia dies of tetanus from the collar.

But we are supposed to believe Western civilization is less sexist than non-Western civilizations.....


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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2022, 10:30:53 pm »
Nothing has changed, by the way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNEkQgTAE3M

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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2022, 12:47:48 am »
All the following are exclusively Western behaviours:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/women-sharing-gentlemanly-behaviors-actually-184602282.html

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Women Are Revealing The "White Knight" Behaviors Men Do That Are Actually Pretty Disrespectful
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some "good deeds" don't come off as "kind" or "polite" at all. Instead, they can feel condescending, creepy, infantilizing, or worse: all of the above.
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1."Offering to help you and not backing off, regardless of what you say. My cousin is very beautiful and often has men offering help left and right in an effort to get in her good graces — except they keep offering when she says no. And they keep offering. And they keep pushing. It's basically a thinly veiled 'let me get close to you,' and they won't take no for an answer. It's extremely disrespectful."

—u/peachandpeony

2."When people try to put words in my mouth, like, 'what I think she meant was...' No, no, no. I said what I said, all questions can be directed to me."

—u/CatrionaShadowleaf

3."When someone interrupts or stops telling a story to apologize for the profanities being used in front of me."

—u/smellycatsmelllycat

"Or you're in a group conversation with some men and one of them swears, so another man cuts him off and scolds him because I'm there. What is this, the 1850s? I promise I won't faint."

—u/crazynekosama

4."People insisting on carrying things for me. I worked in a warehouse for years and can’t count how many times I got told that the lifting should be left for the ‘men.’ I was usually the only employee on shift, and if I left all the lifting for the men, then I just wouldn’t be employed."

—u/Ill_Task_257

5."Any time a man is speaking for or 'defending' a woman and he gets extremely possessive, and you can tell that he’s more offended because she’s HIS, and it’s therefore disrespectful to HIM, than he is concerned about her feelings. 'That’s MY WIFE,' 'don’t talk about MY wife that way...'"

—u/lizard_ladder

6."When they try to mansplain to me about how to do my job."

—u/Bebe_Bleau

7."Speaking on my behalf because I didn't answer right away. Like, I don't care if you've known me my whole life, you don't, under any circumstances, speak for me. I have a voice."

—u/SlimJimLahey

8."Insisting on walking me to my car. No one has insisted on this with good intentions, so stop pretending you are protecting me."

—u/weewee52

9."Kissing my hand when first meeting me. Please, no."

—u/Holybull79

10."Babying pregnant women because they 'need protection,' including from themselves. When I was pregnant, one of my coworkers told on me to my husband (we work at the same company) because he thought the box I was carrying was too heavy for a pregnant woman to be carrying."

—u/fireflygalaxies

11."Men I don't know calling me 'honey,' 'sweetheart,' or any variation of that. It happens less now that I'm older, thank god."

—u/emshlaf

12."Walking you home after a first date, especially when you don't know them well. Like, okay, maybe there's good intent, but statistically, the guy I just started dating is more of a risk than the possibility of some random stranger-danger attack on a busy, well-lit city street. Until I know a guy better, I emphatically don't want to give them my address. I once told a guy all that out of sheer exasperation when he wouldn't accept my 'no, thank you'. He was...not happy."

—u/sharksnack3264

13."Taking tools away from me while I'm using them because they are 'thinking of my safety.' Like, no, it's not safe to try and take my axe out of my hands mid-swing."

—u/notanotherkrazychik

14."Those cringe-y 'POV' TikToks where a guy acts out an imaginary scenario where he saves a girl from being harassed/assaulted. They just love imagining that a woman is being hurt, just so they can be a hero. And there's always epic, movie-type music playing in the background."

—u/No_Natural2495

15."If I'm holding a door already for everyone to get in, and a man has to make it awkward by trying to be gentlemanly and hold the door for me. You're causing a traffic jam, then making it awkward holding the door also, so now I gotta do a weird shimmy under your arm, or go around you somehow to go inside. I hate it."

—u/TenaciousToffee

16.And finally, "Men I don’t know being 'gentlemanly' and letting me walk up the stairs in front of them when I’m wearing a short skirt or shorts. This usually happens with repairmen in my house."

—u/Late_Significance519

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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2022, 07:11:56 pm »
Our enemies writing a pro-patriarchy article inadvertently reveal both Western civilization's greater patriarchy than non-Western civilizations, and Western civilization's (inaccurate) bigoted presumption that non-Western civilizations are just as patriarchal:

https://www.eurocanadians.ca/2022/08/the-tragedy-of-modern-love.html

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There is no female equivalent to the heroic stories of men killing dragons to save female virgins. Female fragility inspires male sacrifice while male fragility inspires female abandonment. The list goes on and on and on. It’s not just that women don’t prove love through sacrifice (in relation to adult men), it’s that they won’t even pretend to express such passions in their art, films, and literature as a matter of superficial virtue signaling.

Our enemies obviously do not watch Sailor Moon. But rather than use this or numerous other easy Counterculture-era counterexamples, I feel it would be even more convincing to prove our enemies wrong using an ancient counterexample:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_White_Snake

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the white and green snakes transform themselves into two young women called Bai Suzhen (白素貞) and Xiaoqing (小青), respectively. They meet Xu Xian at the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou. Xu Xian lends them his umbrella because it is raining. Xu Xian and Bai Suzhen gradually fall in love and are eventually married. They move to Zhenjiang, where they open a medicine shop.

In the meantime, the terrapin spirit has accumulated enough powers to take on human form, so he transforms into a Buddhist monk called Fahai (法海). Still angry with Bai Suzhen, Fahai plots to break up her relationship with Xu Xian. He approaches Xu Xian and tells him that during the Duanwu Festival his wife should drink realgar wine, an alcoholic drink commonly consumed during that festival. Bai Suzhen unsuspectingly drinks the wine and reveals her true form as a large white snake. Xu Xian dies of shock after seeing that his wife is not human. Bai Suzhen and Xiaoqing travel to Mount Emei, where they brave danger to steal a magical herb that restores Xu Xian to life.

After coming back to life, Xu Xian still maintains his love for Bai Suzhen despite knowing her true nature. Fahai tries to separate them again by capturing Xu Xian and imprisoning him at the Jinshan Temple. Bai Suzhen and Xiaoqing fight with Fahai to rescue Xu Xian.

In other words, of course stories of women rescuing men exist. They just don't exist in traditional Western literature.

Better still, Legend of the White Snake even covers the inferiority of natalism:

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However, her powers are limited because she is already pregnant with Xu Xian's child, so she fails to save her husband.

The true hero of the story is the one who did not reproduce:

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At the same time, Xiaoqing, who had spent the intervening years refining her powers, goes to the Jinshan Temple to confront Fahai and defeats him.

But I digress.

You can read the whole enemy article if you want to laugh at our enemies' inferiority. Their main point is:

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This is why women need to be taught to submit to male authority.

This is why Western civilization needs to be killed.
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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2022, 03:17:06 pm »
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1."Offering to help you and not backing off, regardless of what you say. My cousin is very beautiful and often has men offering help left and right in an effort to get in her good graces — except they keep offering when she says no. And they keep offering. And they keep pushing. It's basically a thinly veiled 'let me get close to you,' and they won't take no for an answer. It's extremely disrespectful."

Although not sexism, people in general thinking their helping a person by doing something that person has never asked them to do, or never having even asked for help in the first place, is extremely disrespectful also! This scenario seems to be particularly western behavior as well. As pointed out on the main site, if someone has not asked for help and someone else attempts to help them, the person believing that they are helping are in fact telling the other person that they are not confident in their ability to perform the task they are attempting.

Don't try and help people who haven't explicitly asked for help, it's extremely disrespectful!
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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2022, 04:38:39 pm »
Gender segregation is sports is Western, because it is Westerners who are most obsessed with sexual dimorphism:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/christian-school-won-t-play-120000084.html

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The Lions football team of Valley Christian Academy — a small private school in the Central Coast city of Santa Maria — is once again refusing to play against girls.

That’s in spite of the fact that it’s becoming more common for girls to plays football, especially in California.

And it’s in spite of the fact that VCA already is facing one lawsuit because it refused to play against Cuyama High’s football team last year. That squad included a female wide receiver whose mother filed the suit.

Now VCA, which is affiliated with First Baptist Church, could be on the receiving end of even more backlash for forfeiting an upcoming game against Coast Union High, a public high school in Cambria where two girls are on the football team.

The reason for the boycott?

The school administration says playing football with girls conflicts with the “guiding principles of the Bible regarding the care of a woman,” according a legal document filed in the Cuyama case.
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“We are not raising our daughters to be ‘fighters’ the same way we are with our sons,” Nancy Wilson wrote in an article published on the Christian website Reformed Perspective. “The goal we have in mind in raising sons is to inculcate masculinity. And we want our daughters to embrace a godly femininity, not a worldly feminism.”

But as far as the U.S. government is concerned, girls have the right to play whatever sport they choose, no matter what the Bible says.
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Ironically, Valley Christian scrimmaged against Cuyama High last year, which apparently went smoothly until the female player took off her helmet at the end of the game.

“Upon seeing her gender, the observers, coaches and administrators of Valley Christian glared at (the player) while shaking their heads in disbelief,” according to a court filing.

A few days later, Cuyama High’s superintendent received a letter stating that the female player — whose identity has not been disclosed — would no longer be welcome to play football at the Valley Christian campus.

The player was left “humiliated, embarrassed and shocked by the public display of unwelcomed reactions,” according to the case file.

Of course she was. One minute, she’s treated as an equal on the playing field. The next, she’s treated like a pariah who should trade her helmet and pads for a spoon and apron?

Contrast with:

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/228587-history-of-football-cuju

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it seems the first games in which the main technique involved kicking a ball originated in China. The game of Cuju was also played in Korea, Japan and Vietnam and dated back to the fourth century BC.
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Female clubs also developed where women could play up against each other and men. Often the women were more skillful at the game than the men and it is said that one time a 17-year-old girl beat a full team of soldiers on her own.

Back to first link; the solution is Cancel Culture:

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Fortunately, there’s a simple solution that can be reached outside of the courtroom.

Either the Valley Christian Academy Lions agree to play — whether or not girls are on the opposing team — or they withdraw from the league.

If they won’t withdraw, CIF can show them the door.

(Additionally, note that if gender segregation in sports had not been instituted in the first place, the present-day controversy over which team transgender athletes should be playing in wouldn't even exist because there wouldn't be separate teams to begin with!)

Related:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/true-left-breakthrough-degendering/

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Re: Colonialism and sexism
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2022, 07:59:16 pm »
Purely for entertainment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnI5S6WNQsM

This happened only because gendered toilets exist in the first place. And yes, gendered toilets are Western:

https://time.com/4337761/history-sex-segregated-bathrooms/

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Why Do We Have Men's and Women's Bathrooms Anyway?

Though the first sex-segregated toilets were established in Paris in the 1700s, regulations requiring that American men and women use separate restrooms got their start in the late 1800s. The first regulation requiring separate toilet facilities for men and women was passed in 1887, when Massachusetts required the establishment of separate privies in businesses. “Wherever male and female persons are employed in the same factory or workshop, a significant number of separate and distinct water-closets, earth-closets, or privies shall be provided for the use of each sex and should be plainly designated,” the law reads. In the next line, mixed use of such facilities is prohibited. Over the course of the next three decades, nearly every state passed its own version of that law.