In today’s news that proves the world is fucked, a 15-year-old in the Maldives has been sentenced to public flogging for engaging in consensual sex before marriage. The teen, if this is not to be overturned by the Islamic judiciary system, will be flogged 100 times in a public place so other women will know that this is not appropriate behavior. But, according to the Maldives, what is appropriate behavior is flogging a woman for not only being sexual, but acting on it — god-fucking-forbid.
Flogging for such acts is not uncommon in the Maldives, but what is uncommon is the age of the girl, and because of this, there is pressure to wait until the girl is 18 years old before she is flogged. So, basically, we’re looking at a young woman being punished by flogging, publicly, three years after her “horrific” actions. Obviously, this makes sense; all of this makes perfect sense.
To add to this case, the girl had complained in the past about being sexually abused by two older men, one of whom happens to be her stepfather. Although there’s no confirmation on the punishment these two cretins received, if anything at all, the likelihood of them enduring any sort of public flogging is low. They are men; she is a woman, and therefore small and worthless.
If you happen to live in a part of the world where you’re allowed to own your sexuality and not be punished for it, this is your moment to be grateful. But while being grateful, make sure to consider the horrors that women in other places have to suffer at the hand of a patriarchy that has decided how they should act. It’s tragic and archaic, and sadly, it’s probably not going to change anytime soon.