What’s Current: Malaysian MP says wives who refuse sex with husbands are abusive

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During a debate on domestic violence policy in Malaysian parliament, Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh, a male MP,  said that wives who refuse sex are abusive:

“Even though men are said to be physically stronger than women, there are cases where wives hurt or abuse their husbands in an extreme manner… They insult their husbands and refuse his sexual needs. All these are types of psychological and emotional abuse.”

A village council in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 16 year old girl to punish her brother, who raped a 12 year old. Twenty people have since been arrested for their roles in facilitating the “revenge rape.”

After King County adopted a version of the Nordic model, police were able to target users of The Review Board, an online prostitution network. One of the johns arrested was a software-development director for Amazon, who helped construct and maintain prostitution-related websites.

Two “massage parlour” brothels have been shut down in Melbourne.

In the hope that others will be inspired by their actions, two female activists admit to sabotaging Dakota Access Pipeline.

Canada’s National Inquiry is now reviewing the conduct of police officers for potential bias in their handling of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Hanakai

    The mainstream media has effectively ignored the stories about sabotage and actions aimed at the Dakota Access Pipeline. Presumably they do not want to give the people ideas.

    In reality, a surprising number of people have risked their liberty by using tactics of direct action against the pipeline. One group refers to themselves as valve turners and these folks go into the substations and shut the oil pipeline valves, stopping the flow of petroleum. Some of these folks are being prosecuted in North Dakota and elsewhere

    In one case, a jury in Belllingham, Washington refused to convict oil refinery and climate change protestors. This because regardless of the government, the people understand how global warming is going to devastate the biosphere and the lives of our descendants in time.

    And this is something Americans need to know: If you are ever on jury duty and decide on a case, no matter what the court or judge tells you, you are free to vote your conscience, and nobody can do anything to you. If you do not like the law, or if the government is trying to lock up protestors or people acting to save the planet, you are free to vote Not Guilty. This comes from a doctrine called jury nullification.

    So, good job, Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya. Water is life, oil is death. Let us give these brave women support and block the government from railroading them into prison.

  • OldPolarBear

    One of the Iowa women arrested in the DAPL protest video, Jessica Reznicek, gave a talk in Iowa City back in March. She has been doing activism of one kind or another since she was 12! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S6gXBZT4e4

  • Hekate Jayne

    On the first 2 stories, again, those 2 things are only done to biological women.

    I usually laugh at manlogicks because it’s so stupid. Nothing funny here, though, when a male’s sister is raped because he is a rapist.

    Why don’t they rape him? Oh, I get it. They are damaging one of his possessions.

    I wonder what it’s like, to walk through the world and never have to worry about being raped by a male. That guy knows it. His sister will never know it.

    And refusing to have sex with your husband is abuse? How are the strong, superior, manly males so fucking delicate? Fucking bunch of entitled babies.

    • Alienigena

      “Why don’t they rape him? Oh, I get it. They are damaging one of his possessions.”

      I think the anthropological concept of honour and shame apply here as well. The female relative is considered the repository of the family’s honour, so if she is dishonoured the entire family is dishonoured. However, dishonouring the female relative of the offending male is something that I don’t think fits the concept of honour I learned about. I had heard of these retaliatory rapes but not in the context of honour.


      • Hekate Jayne

        Well, and then we have the male trait of loving to rape us. The list of reasons why they rape us is virtually endless. Because they love rape.

        You know. Our skirt is too short, we had sex with them once before, one of us was in public alone, we had a drink, it was after dark, she was passed out, etc.

        So raping a male’s sister as punishment is just another excuse in a really long nonsense list. It’s all violent nonsense so that they can keep raping.

  • FierceMild

    The damage is being done by white people (mostly men). The responsibility to stop it should be on white people (funny how it’s the women). In that sense this is fitting. These two women are sending a call out to white people to fix this and not dump it in the laps of the native people or let other white people dump on native people.

  • Meghan Murphy

    But why does ‘intimacy’ need to = penetrative sex?

  • Meghan Murphy

    I’m pretty sure the MP in question is talking about penetrative sex.

  • FierceMild

    That is some good sense and completely true.

  • Sionna B.

    Waziyatawin stated in a speech at Earth at Risk that she wants white people to get involved in these issues and is angry that they aren’t more involved. ??