Saudi Prince Whines That His Country's Punishment of Rape Victim Gets Bad Press

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This post, written by Lucinda Marshall, originally appeared on Feminist Peace Network

While Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisal has issued a statement saying that the sentencing of the woman who was gang raped will be reviewed, it is clear that he still doesn't get it,
"What is outraging about this case is that it is being used against the Saudi government and people," he said without elaborating."
Well allow me to elaborate. What is outrageous is a country that so severely restricts women's rights and punishes them for being the victim. Could go on and on here, but the subject has already been addressed quite thoroughly in the last few weeks.

I have written about this several times now and have gotten a number of responses to the effect that why aren't feminists saying anything, feminists should take the lead, yada yada.

First of all, feminists all over the globe are speaking out, a simple search will bear that out. But WTF-why the presumption that feminists should lead the charge. Isn't misogynist violence something that all of us should be outraged about? Just because the victim of a human rights violation is a woman means that it is solely a feminist responsibility to speak out?

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