Inverted honour

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I’ve just finished watching  a film that’s left me feeling shaken and raw and so angry that hashing together a lengthier blog at this moment in time would be a bad idea, suffice it to say I intend to write one very soon. In the meantime the above, frankly awesome, piece of art encompasses the words I can’t fathom right now.

What I will say is, please watch Banaz A Love Story. In the words of the synopsis: it’s a documentary film chronicling the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British woman in suburban London in 2006, killed and “disappeared” by her own family, with the agreement and help of a large section of the Kurdish community, because she tried to choose a life for herself.

I’ve embedded it here for you:

Deeyah Khan has created an incredible film, not least because of the power it has to change lives and communities for the better.

Women all over the world are being taught that their bodies are simply vessels for preserving ‘honour’, their futures are manipulated and their opportunities stunted. In extreme cases they are beaten and murdered for failing to preserve the ‘honour’ of their families and communities. Education is fundamental to changing this barbaric misogyny. Please take a look at Karma Nirvana and Honor Diaries for more information. I will be back with my thoughts on this once I can see through the red mist.

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2 thoughts on “Inverted honour

  1. Thanks for sharing the link. It is important to recognize “honor” murders for what they truly are, an attempt under the guise of religion to shut down the evolutionary drives of females to widen the gene pool and give their offspring a better chance of survival, this is an inborn genetic trait of the female and when you scratch the surface of many “honor” murders you will find that the female has ‘bred’ or become attracted to a male in a different clan/culture/religion. Humans as well as some primates have learned to band together to enforce and restrict female sexual behavior but it is not by any means the only breeding behavior in primates. It is no secret that extremist patriarchist religions all tend to be relics of an earlier era no matter where they are found in the world…the more extreme, the more archaic and anachronistic because in general they shut down, through violent enforcement, change, through locking down on all forms of personal expression including sexual, in an attempt to forward their own genetic makeup through history even to the extreme detriment of their species.. This inborn female drive to widen the gene pool is not mere theory it has been shown in studies with animals…I think we need to stop interpreting these murders through euphemistic religious terminology and use scientific descriptions to explain what the purpose of this extreme, death penalty punishment control is (genetic homogenousness to the point many times of species destructive in-breeding…the FLDS church in the western US has gotten itself the highest incidence of Furmurase deficiency, now called “Polygamist downs syndrome” because of its extreme enforcement of patriarchist practices, which leaves its sufferers with an IQ of about 25.) Because of the hard scientific proof of what these rigid controls of sexuality produce I think it can be stated that these behaviors are unequivocably against nature and unscientific and run counter to the natural drive of all individuals in species which is adaptation and evolution.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Banaz’s story. It is so important to keep the issue of honor crimes on the agenda and to raise awareness about the plight of women whose lives are compromised because of anachronistic traditions and expectations. I applaud your courage.

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