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June 07, 2004

50 Camels

I was feeling a little better about women's rights after the San Francisco courts overturned the late term abortion ban, but I was being naiive. It was a brief moment of hopefulness in an otherwise bleak landscape.

But now, I can't get this story out of my mind. Here's the part that's sticking to me:

The woman's family demanded 50 camels, which is the traditional Somali compensation offered for the death of a woman.

The woman's family say she is as good as dead because she can no longer bear children.

This story makes it so I can't stop thinking about Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. Plus, and don't mistake me for thinking this makes it any better, I forget sometimes that here in the US, we don't have it nearly as bad as our sisters in other places in the world where they're able to put an actual price on a woman's fertility.

Still, I guess it's only a matter of time before we get taxed for not bearing children. Oh, wait. Never mind. I'd better just go back to being rambling and angry offline.

Posted by pam at June 7, 2004 09:40 AM | TrackBack
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