16 Dec

The abuse women undergo simply by being female under patriarchy, is akin to being in a warzone. Our lives and safety are under threat every day, and our potential killers/rapists/beaters are half of humanity.

From birth to death, we are in a combat zone and we alter our behaviour accordingly. The PTSD of a man in a war for some months, pales in comparison to the torture of women – especially since we can’t escape so much as the sight of our enemy.

They live in our houses, their voices on the radio, their gods our holidays.

– Selma Nieuwoudt, personal correspondence

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