The field of journalism is not easy. They are poorly paid and, most of the time, have to be out of their comfort zone. Journalists are often rejected and always pressured by deadlines that they may barely meet. On top of that, they are hated, and that hatred is escalating.
Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka marked the country’s deadliest violence in a decade, leaving more than 320 dead and more than 500 injured. The terrorist attack targeted Christians, a religious minority in the country, on one of Christianity’s holiest days: Easter. Two local Islamist radical groups were allegedly involved: National Thowheeth Jama’ath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.
Yet, despite Christians being the clear victims of the attacks, mainstream media and politicians around the world have decided to focus on the perpetrators rather than those that lost their lives.
“One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.” This is perhaps one of the most quoted lines from Simone de Beauvoir’s work; she is one of the first feminists to claim that gender is a social construct. Since then, the popularization of the “social construction of gender” has mushroomed. Denying that gender is a product of culture can get you branded as “sexist” or “misogynistic.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamic group seeking to establish a global caliphate, recently demonstrated in front of the Danish Parliament to pay respects to the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting victims. But this group has deeper motives: conquering the world, spreading Islam, and defeating all who stand in the way.
Romy Haber | Lebanon
Libertarians supported feminists when they struggled to get the right to hold property, to vote and to engage in the political system. In other words, libertarians and feminists were on good terms. But times have changed and the honeymoon is over.
The formal, legal inequalities between the genders have been largely abolished in the West but women continue to earn less than men, have less professional advancement than men, and are under-represented in the professional upper crust. These are the issues that feminism aims to resolve.