The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Women without Rights:
A Murderous Logic

Mar 5, 2012

On February 8, in Hamtramck, Michigan, a young woman walked out of the home of a man she had dated. She walked out against his wishes. He fired shots at her and another woman as they drove away, grazing one of them in the head.

On February 28, the man demanded that the woman drop the charges she had filed against him. When she refused his offer of money, he kidnapped her and her roommate at gunpoint, firing a volley of shots at her stepfather. By March 4, the two young women were still missing.

Attacks on women’s rights fill hate radio. Broadcasters and candidates for president alike are allowed to spew unlimited venom against women independent enough to want to control their own bodies. This devaluation of women can only end in one extreme: a mentality that is ready to shoot and kill, if a woman simply disagrees with a man.

Two hundred years ago, women’s rights did not exist. A woman was considered to be owned by her husband, disposable at his will. The events in Hamtramck could only happen in a society in the grip of that kind of mentality.

It’s a fundamental measure of how far society is being thrown backward, as capitalism decays.