Domestic Abuse In Russia

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This is from an article written by Isabelle Khurshudyan in Sunday’s (March 4, 2018) Washington Post.

“Women outnumber men in Russia. According to 2015 data from the United Nations, Russia has among the fewest men per 100 women (86.8) of any country in the world. The divide begins around age 30, as suicide, alcohol and alcohol-related accidents begin to take a toll.”

‘ “If you even have a husband, you’re happy,” journalist Anna Zhavnerovich said. “He’s drinking and beating you, but at least you have one. If you’re born a boy, then it’s like you’re already a czar. If you’re born a girl, you didn’t get lucky. Just by birthright, men are on top of the world and the head of the family. So, women think if they complain, then maybe he will leave, and it’ll be worse. Even in today’s world, where women are taught to strive for something more, it’s better to be wed. Maybe you won’t marry well, but you’re considered lucky because you’re the one who married out of your 10 girlfriends.” ‘

Zhavnerovich’s story isn’t so different from those of the women at Kitezh. She filed a report with the police a week after she said her boyfriend beat her unconscious in 2015. She was offended by the authorities’ line of questioning. They asked her why she didn’t have any children and whether she was married, she said. Zhavnerovich said she felt the police were suggesting that the attack was her fault. She didn’t hear anything for several weeks, and the case was eventually dropped. The boyfriend was never questioned.

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Quote for Today

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“Misery won’t touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumb prints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of.”

― Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones


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“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” – Carol Moseley-Braun

Mari Evans from her book of essays Clarity As Concept

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“Listening is a special art. It is a fine art developed by practice. One hears the unexpressed as clearly as if it had been verbalized. One hears silence screaming in clarion tones. Ninety decibels. Hears tears, unshed, falling. Hears hunger gnawing at the back of spines; hears aching feet pushed past that one more step. Hears the repressed hurt of incest, hears the anguish of spousal abuse. Hears it all. Clearly, listening is a fine art. It can translate an obscure text into reality that walks, weeps and carries its own odor. Listening can decode a stranger’s eye and hear autobiography. Listening can watch a listless babe and understand the absence of future, the improbability, in fact, of possibility. Listening, more often than not, is a crushing experience.”

Mari Evans

Do you wanna do nothing with me?

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Peace Is Active

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“PEACE IS ACTIVE” By Jeanette Sena Mühlmann 

Peace does not mean to watch silently

While injustice spreads its dark wings;

Peace does not mean to bite your tongue

While others use their elbows;

Peace does not mean to sacrifice your left cheek

While your right cheek is bleeding;

Peace does not mean to hide your light

under a bushel

While you are skilled and able;

Peace does not mean that others are allowed

to take advantage of your talents

While you can hardly survive!

Wake up, open your mouth and speak!

Peace is not weak!

Peace is active

Peace is a decision!

Portrait of My Grandmother by Archibald J.Motley, Jr.

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Archibald J. Motley Jr., Portrait of My Grandmother, 1922. Oil on canvas, 38.25 x 23.875 inches (97.2 x 60.6 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.archibaldmotleyjrportraitofmygrandmother





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