Up | February 09, 2013
>>> we're talking about feminism and global context and global women 's movements. there was something you wanted to say?
>> i was thinking nor'easter, feminists talk about a feminist tsunami that has hit the world around violence of women , following eve ensler , i was able to watch her twitter feed and inbox. what is happening around the world is extraordinary. just yesterday, south africa , a tiny town 80 miles out of cape town , a 17-year-old was found dying on the street after a gang rape and horrible mutilation. that is exactly what you said, a fairly daily event. but in this case, you had tens of thousands of people protesting, including men of the village. a local radio station and the cape town radio station are now playing beeps every four minutes on the radio to indicate how often a woman is rained in south africa . the stories pore in from afghanistan. from bouton. february 14th is one billion rising day around the world. and eve ensler 's got an endless amount. women 's movements internationally have been strong and connected in ways the media didn't see at the united nations . hillary clinton 's comments about women 's rights, human rights , were very significant. built on a movement that will be built around for years. today, you'll see stella beepy, she calls the one billion rising legislation. that sense of having a movement at your back reminded me what gloria steinem said at the beginning of your show. where she said it's one thing to go through something individually it's another thing to realize it's a movement you can join about it.
>> it's to focus on sexual violence an harassment. we were talking in the domestic context, the centrality of reproductive freedom as essentially a freedom, right you can't control your life if you can't control that aspect of your life. it's the same issue, right? it is prior to every other thing whether you can go to school, whether you can get a job, assert yourself in other rems, is to not be constantly besieged by that. that is what this is all about, right?
>> absolutely. in egypt , i just came back two are 0 three days ago, women have had enough. there are men joining as mallika said in india. but there's been too much acceptability of this violence. in egypt it was called teasing. it would be flirting or i'm complimenting you. then we began to use words in arabic that is harassment. this is beyond harassment. now they're talking sexual violence , sexual assault . and language is important when you don't have the word for what's. happening, the social realization of how horrendous doesn't exist. now, the word with activists are using -- sexual violence . or sexual assault . that's an important concept to get out into the public discourse and changing the language of a victim of sexual assault to a survivor of sexual assault . when you've had that transition, it's important. we've had men and women go on television speaking about their experience. i myself was assaulted closer to tahrir square in november. because i'm older, because i have this profile. because i have a privilege of being able to speak on media like yours, i try to speak out as much as i can. the first, the reaction is horror. when you're on television when you saying i was literally pulling out hands from my pants, people have said, wow, i've never heard that said before. you need people to hear that sexual assault is horrific. and then i survived sexual assault , what are you going to do about it? and then women on the streets saying i'm not going to take this anymore. it's going to get bigger. there's a moment in egypt where people are trying to get us out of public space .
>> i want to ask you, i was saying this on break, we're talking now about women and men, and allies of women , and organizing to assert rights but what we saw the u.s. in you a very different cultural context and continuity here a backlash rose up in opposition, right? i want to talk about the backlash. but i said this during a breeak. when i was watching the revolution. just beautiful, sublime, nonviolence in the streets bringing down the dictator. glenn beck was on, conservative conservativists were saying if you defy the mob, you see violence and chaos. and then the reports came out. it deflated me, depressed me, made me feel that the worst were right about something. i want you to somebody to that right after we take this break. [ male