In the news recently, a woman was caned in Indonesia for being affectionate with a man who was not her husband. She was caned by authorities, while a large group of people looked on.
We need to come a lot further in human rights, don’t we?
A while back, I wrote about how I’d stood up to a bully who was abusing his daughter. I wonder: would I have been able to do that in Indonesia? Would I have been able to run into this circle of authorities, and pointed out the bully, and told them to stop him from bullying his daughter? Would I have been able to run to the authorities, and begged them to stop caning this woman?
We all know reality.
It doesn’t seem likely that protest, in that kind of situation, would do anything.
What I can do, is write about it, and hopefully that will resonate further.
It is imperative that we can look at this idea of human rights, and what that means: for gender, orientation, race, body; for all the ways we are human, all the ways we are different and the same.
And just keep working to become free.
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