Violence against women? I’ll take two!
29 November, 2014
I like fads and trends. It is always fun to see people get involved into something they don’t really like but feel obliged to do either because everyone else is doing it or because they want to score some brownie points within a society. Georgian trends are no exception, save for the fact that they tend to be more grotesque and hilarious than elsewhere.

Our current fad is “stopping violence against women” and the media gives it so much attention
that I simply cannot help from commenting on it. As far as I know, it started with several women who got beaten and/or murdered several weeks ago, prompting the hysteria. The trick is that all these incidents happened in villages populated almost exclusively by Azerbaijanis, but for some reason, this was projected onto the entirety of Georgia. And of course, it did not take long for feminist hags to pop up and start preaching their mantras about how every man is a pig, how everything they don’t like is rape and how this country oppresses them just by existing. Their solution to this is, as always, to change everything from top to bottom, starting with the culture and ending with the government.

Due to this, I feel inclined to clarify some things. Azerbaijanis are predominantly Muslim. For Muslims, women are either cattle, to be used and abused at will, or property, to be sold to the highest bidder. Even in “moderate” Muslim countries like Turkey, women are still frowned upon if they don’t wear a headscarf, and discrimination against them is real and tangible, unlike the “patriarchal conspiracy” that feminists are so fond of blaming all their problems on. And don’t even get me started on countries like Saudi Arabia, where a woman cannot leave her house without permission from a male guardian, or Pakistan, where she can get her throat slit for just looking at a man wrong. This is the Muslim way; it has been going on for centuries and is still going on now, even in Georgia’s Muslim-populated areas; it’s hardly news. But no one bothers to explain what Georgians themselves have to do with this. Generally, whenever a Georgian beats, injures or even kills a woman, especially his wife, he is either drunk or completely off his rocker. Domestic violence is also far more prevalent in poor households rather than middle- or upper-class ones. And of course, no Georgian, no matter how depraved or insane, would drag a woman out into the town’s central square and beat her for hours for all to see.

Therefore, we Georgians face three clearly outlined socioeconomic problems: alcoholism, mental instability and poverty. They are all being worked on and there is an ongoing effort to mitigate them. Persecution of women in Georgia has very obvious Islamic overtones, yet no one mentions this important fact, probably in an attempt to avoid hurting someone’s fragile feelings. Instead, a stream of inane and incoherent accusations is directed at Georgia’s entire population. My spider sense immediately started tingling, and upon finding out how much attention the media is suddenly giving an age-old problem, I came to a simple conclusion: someone is making money off this.

Yes, insecurities of women are being exploited for money by the very people who claim solidarity with their plight. Just a few days ago, a coterie of well-known women from various facets of Georgian society dressed like peacocks, gathered up and declared their “solidarity for victims of “femicide”. This solidarity was expressed by them reading aloud sappy passages from a book written by a 60-year-old Italian lesbian who claims that they are based on real events, but they seem to actually be her own masochistic fantasies. If in the future someone decides to find a book to match every single medication-induced state, I will gladly recommend this one as the equivalent of Valium.

Good job girls, you sure showed these evil, murderous men! I am sure that your solidarity was appreciated by hundreds of Muslim women worldwide who were getting beaten up while you were standing on the stage looking important. Oh, and let us not forget that the purpose of your little shindig was “raising awareness”. I am fully confident that awareness of preppy Georgian city girls and sniveling, castrated “men” whom they brought along had a sky-high boost. It’s a shame the women in Azerbaijani villages missed the show, though – I doubt they are even allowed to watch TV or access the internet to begin with.

Another “contribution” to the struggle against such violence was made by a group of Georgian singers who recorded a song denouncing it. Then they proceeded to happily blabber about “reaching out to the people” and “sending a message”. For some reason, I don’t remember any significant civilization or nation in human history dealing with its problems by singing and “sending messages”. Whenever there was a problem, people went and solved it – with force, if necessary. What these women did is similar to covering oneself in paint, dancing and playing a tambourine in a hope that the gods will send rain. Do they expect someone beating a woman to suddenly remember their song, stop in mid-swing, dust the woman off and apologize to her? Or maybe they expect this song to be broadcast in prisons to convicted murderers so that it may warm their hearts?

Thus, we arrive at another conclusion: not a single one of these people actually cares about “violence against women” and all that jazz. They took part in these activities because it gave them an opportunity to increase their publicity, make them feel good and pretend that they are actually doing something productive. Money that was spent on these foolish theatrics and a “social campaign” by our Ministry of Internal Affairs could be spent on creating education centers in Azerbaijani villages that would teach those still stuck in the Bronze Age that shooting a woman because some man parked a car near her house is not a good thing to do, or that no one should be tortured to death with a red-hot brand for wanting to elope with his beloved. Unfortunately, such is the fate of all countries where high positions in government and society are occupied by women – decisive action and problem-solving become replaced with “feel-goods” and identity politics.

By Zura Amiranashvili