I thought I would wait till Friday to rant on this upcoming bit — kinda give you V’s lil’ Week in Review then — but the venom is rising quicker than I predicted. This morning, it choked the living breath out of me before my alarm had a chance to wake me with its hideous drill at the regular five o’clock; then crowded my brain as the first waking thought. And I pinky swear: I’ve even started blackening my smooth electronic page with the tale of a girlfriend’s woes: she loves him, he can’t commit, she’s torn, “Where is all this going?”, etc, etc, etc. But a discussion of these valid and delicate and somewhat vague struggles in a heterosexual couple seems a tiny bit gratuitous when nearly every day of this week, I’ve hung my head with painful despair at the injustice and pure violence placed upon the men and women of homosexual orientation.
The week started with my introduction to an atrocious event I’ve never even heard of before. It came as link on a Facebook page of a woman mentor I adore so much that every word she utters and every choice she commits I lap-up as my personal, private sermon. That badass chick has devoted her life to traveling with her three gorgeous adoptive sons in tow, settling in primarily Third World Countries and teaching. She is currently working with children and women in South Africa, blasting her always poignant, sometimes political and often humorous observations on the newsfeed.
“You go, with you badass self!” I always think when I read her words, wishing I could be just like her when I grow up.
So when the following link came to my attention, I treated it with immediate empathy: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_corrective_rape_6/?rc=fb. To break it down for you, my comrades, it speaks of nearly a year old series of continuous attacks on South African lesbians by men on a mission to cure them of their homosexuality via “Corrective Rape,” and in the case of Eudy Simelane, murder — acts that the country’s government refuses to “prioritize as a specific project.”
“Corrective Rape”? ‘Scuse me: I gotta go hurl my guts out!…
…Okay, I’m back.
While dripping venom onto my keyboard, I hurry to acknowledge that you, my magnificent comrades and readers, aspire to comprehend humanity already. Just by the response of those of you courageous enough to handle my rants on the daily basis, I am willing to conclude that, just like me, you prefer to see this world be dominated by kindness and compassion; you choose to understand it and, what’s most crucial — to learn about it. So, you don’t really need my venomous heaves on the subject of rape — the most heinous crime the human race could think up. But to violate a woman due to one’s overwhelming hatred, ignorance and lack of tolerance, and then to treat that act as one of public service — that’s hubris beyond all comprehension. And since you, my magnificent walking proofs of goodness, are already on the same page — my fuckin’ page! — I call upon your awareness: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/4982520/Lesbians-subjected-to-corrective-rape-in-South-Africa.html. If mere knowledge is not enough for you, however: Go do something about it, my glorious badasses: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_corrective_rape_6/?rc=fb!
On the hump day of this week, the world regurgitated another piece of info that got V all riled-up:
Considering my liberal mindset and my own history of immigration-related strife, the news of deportation of foreign-born partners in legally married homosexual couples — is a double whammy. Yep, I hear some o’ ya’, comrades: Gay couples can finally get married in, like, six states already! So, shouldn’t that be enough? As another magnificent mentor I admire says:
(Well, actually, he’s Russian; so, “Fuck nyet!” — he said.)
Now, I’ve already cast my vote in favor of this country when I took on its citizenship; and, by now, Shiva knows, I’ve taken full advantage of the freedoms that it has granted me. (Read my “ranty-cunty” blog at: fromrussianwithlove.wordpress.com. Spasibo!) But, when it comes to tolerance — it is never enough.
How does that one-of-a-kind, world’s youngest phenomenon’s Declaration go:
“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…” (Fuck da!)
“…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
(Mmm-hmm, I just copied that out of my own personal booklet I was given with my American Citizenship Certificate, at the standee of my first brown President! V — be very, very proud!)
“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Now, doesn’t the mere founding theory of this country give you a hard-on?! I got me one! So, as the world continues to throw-up the tales of human inventiveness in ways to hurt each other, may we continue living-up to the better principles and the basic human rights that started this magnificent experiment in the first place. May we continue to grow and change; and as in any relationship, in the one we have with the rest of the world — may we affect it in all the right ways.