Do you think that some genocides get public attention and historical validation and others do not? What is the reason according to you for this?

Part I

According to Mackinnon sexuality is about politics, for sexuality in society works via taboos, rules, and norms. Some control these norms and rules and others follow them. Within patriarchy, men as a class control sexuality, women follow the norms, hence the distinction between “consent” and “coercion” is somewhat fictitious. According to Angela Davis, as we studied earlier, some sexual assault gets public attention and outcry and some do not.

We can now apply the same thinking to genocide narratives. Some get priority and public attention and some do not get attention, although they are more intense in both quality and quantity.

Watch this testimony by Sunanda Vashisht:

Question: State one thing that you find significant in the above.

In support of what Vashist says as above, see a clip from the movie “The Kashmir Files” now playing in theaters.

Noakhali Massacre of 1946 – 5000 Hindus Killed, 3.5L Forced to Convert to Islam

Germany/Iraq: World’s first judgment on crime of genocide against the Yazidis

Question: Do you think that some genocides get public attention and historical validation and others do not? What is the reason according to you for this?

Part II

We studied that consciousness is the feminist methodology. Feminist consciousness raising is a completely non violent resistance, although it is a resistance.

Ahimsa is the method used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, for resistance. Ahimsa is not simply non violent act, but also opposed to violent thoughts.
Question: Do you think that Ahimsa can counter this level of violence and hatred for someone’s religious, racial, ethnic, or national identities? See the response to violence against minorities in Bangladesh.
Question: Do you sometimes have violent thoughts towards someone? How do you counter that thought?
[Ahimsa is a metaphysical concept; it is not the same as non violence. Ahimsa includes excluding all forms of violence in THOUGHT, inclination, desires, AND actions).
Read these before answering the above questions:
The global response to violence against Hindus in Bangladesh (Chanting and praying):

What is Ahimsa:

Part I
We read last week Marx’s critique of what he calls “bourgeois secularism”. According to Marx, secularism does not do away with religion, it privatizes it and does not let it guide public laws.
Week 3: We studied three different systems, the Welfare system in the US, the Kanyasree Program in India, and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. India and the USA are both secular states (which means that religion can be practiced in the private, but religion has to be kept outside the public sphere or laws), while Bangladesh, a Muslim majority nation, is a theocratic state. We compared the conditions of women in the US Welfare system, India’s Kanyasree Program, and women in micro business in theocratic Bangladesh. Having studied Marx’s theory which shows that secularism does not do away with religion, but only privatizes it, we have gained a better understanding of what secularism is and how it operates in the lives of people.
Question: Despite Marx’s critique of secular nations, do you think that women and minorities are better off in a secular nation rather than in a theocratic nation? Give one reason to support your view. (Read the news article and watch the video below before answering this question).
State one thing here that you find interesting:
Here is a video of how the Taliban treats women who do not abide by the norms set by those in power. This is a bit hard to watch, so if you feel its difficult to watch it, you don’t have to:

Make one comment on this video in the context of Marx’s critique of secularism versus theocratic State. El Salvador is not a secular State per se:

Part II:

1. According to Chaung “trafficking” has to be defined not in individual but in structural terms such as racism, poverty, and structural inequalities. If so, then would you consider the following as instances of trafficking (remember what Mackinnon says about “coercion” and “consent” given the structural inequalities of men and women and also given the widespread rape, pornography, and prostitution, there is very little difference between “consent” and “coercion”, keep this in mind here when answering):

A) Foreign domestic maids in the United States
B) The Filipina maids in Hongkong
c) Mail order brides

Give one reason to justify your answer (either way).
Do you think that the U.S should be a signatory to CEDAW (Center for ending all discrimination against women)?
Here is a list of countries who have signed the CEDAW, and the USA is not one of them: