Friday, March 17, 2017

Women's history of being attacked

This is supposed to be women's history month.

Here's the history recorded by the Los Angeles Times for today.

1) Denise Huskins, kidnapped and raped and held for ransom in March 2015, survived but her case was called a hoax by the Vallejo CA police.  Yesterday her attacker was sentenced to 40 years in prison in a Sacramento courtroom.

2) A 24-year-old woman was typing on her cell phone on the second-floor balcony of a small mall in Koreatown.  A man approached her and asked "Are you Korean?"  Then he beat her with a hammer.  She is a South Korean in the US with a J-1 visa for an internship.  He came to the US in mid-February and speaks little English.

3) The article about this attack references misogyny in South Korea and an attack in May 2015 in which a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a public restroom in Gangnam by a stranger who he said he felt "ignored and belittled" by women.

All of these crimes are a major part of women's history.  

Virginia Woolf was asked why women haven't written anything as great as the plays of Shakespeare.  Her eloquent answer is contained in A Room of One's Own.  

I realized today that part of the answer is that women have not been safe.  You can't write plays that touch the heavens if you're always looking over your shoulder.

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