It’s been a very tough month for women. The “Me Too” movement started in 2006, when Tarana Burke coined the phrase “Me Too” as a way to help women who had survived sexual violence. Then on October 15, 2017 it was turned into a huge movement with a tweet by Alyssa Milano, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The tweets and the speaking out have not stopped – they continue to grow – but the Patriarchy’s defense of a man’s right to sexually assault and abuse women continues.
Witness the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the subsequent
charade of a hearing concerning Dr. Ford’s allegations of sexual attack during their high school years followed by another charade of an FBI investigation, ending in Kavanaugh’s confirmation. All of this has unleashed a fury of women screaming “No More!!!” Long suppressed memories are surfacing of sexual assaults, harassment, and misconduct.
Then news was released internationally on October 9 concerning the rape and brutal murder of Bulgarian investigative journalist, Viktoria Maroniva on October 6. Perhaps she was targeted for her journalism, perhaps it was a random act of violence. But in either case it was an act of extreme misogyny – she was beaten so badly her beautiful face was not even recognizable.
Her killing broke me down. I found myself a few nights after her murder sitting at my drawing table when unexpectedly Viktoria entered my mind. I cried and cried, thinking of her horrific death and the horrible deaths of so many women before her. All fallen to the insane, power-hungry, life-denying consciousness of misogyny.
Women are now declaring, shouting, screaming – Enough!
No longer will we be silenced!
No longer will our bodies be the battlefield on which men wage their wars of domination!
No longer will we doubt our sisters when they speak out!
No longer will we doubt and blame ourselves!
Women of the world are awake!
We are mad.
We will no longer accept and remain silent concerning our status as second-class citizens.
Together with our lovers, husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons who love and cherish us we stand against misogyny.
We are an overflowing river.
We are a hurricane.
We are an earthquake.
We are a volcano, a tsunami, a forest fire
We are the force – clearing away the old and making way for the new.
The established order is holding on hard to its power of domination and control yet we grow stronger each day. We are one with Mother Earth and, as we have taken up home in the trees to protect them, we also educate, advocate and work harder and longer for our equal place in the world. We continue to believe that a world where all Goddess’s children are honored and protected is possible.
This painting poured out of me that night when I cried for Viktoria Maroniva.
“From My Heart – A Tribute to Viktoria Maroniva. Your Beauty, Power, and Strength Lives On”
Since I started on this piece more and more information has been released about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian citizen, U.S. permanent resident and writer for the Washington Post. I was nauseous all day as I listened to reports on the gruesome, sadistic details of his murder. I can barely wrap my mind around it all.
Over and over again one sees that the brutal reality of Patriarchal control over society creates victims of men as well as women. In a kingdom like Saudi Arabia, well known for its human rights abuses and extreme oppression of women, even a well-known man firmly entrenched in a power elite position, cannot advocate for reform without losing his life.
The wave of women rising up, crying out, and demanding human rights, equality and justice for ourselves demands the same for all men.
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Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. Not long after graduating from SFAI, while living in Greece, Judith began exploring the Goddess in her art. She continues to be inspired by the Goddess in all of Her manifestations. In recent years Judith became very interested in the Goddesses of her own ancestors, the Celts, resulting in her deck of Celtic Goddess Oracle cards. She is now working on her next deck of oracle cards – Animal Spirit Guides. Originally from New Orleans, Judith makes her home in New Mexico where she paints as much as time allows and sells real estate part-time. Give yourself the gift of one of Judith’s prints or paintings, priced from $25 – $3000.