We hear at least on a weekly basis, all this terrible news from India, about brutal, shameful crimes, that is rapes and assassinations of women.
I believe that via repetition of a certain type of events, the entity [female] in question, becomes objectified, a commodity -almost. Nonetheless, I also believe that by acknowledging this fact, a female, no matter what the social environment is or how complicated and diverse relations within a specific political and social tradition may be, can begin to detach herself from the multi-layered identity that is ascribed to her and consider herself in her historicity within patriarchal society. Meaning that she should somehow oscillate between past and present, with an eye to the future, becoming simulltaneously the observer and the observed. She might thus more efficiently defend herself against aggression. By knowing and understanding.By acknowledging that the female is a commodity, she may visualize all features that go with it; exchange, price, value, right to possession (whose by whom et.c.).At the same time, the other part aka the male, should be seen as a commodity too, with different values exercised upon them.
After centuries of oppression by patriarchy and no apparent wish to change, at a time when women's rights are in danger of being eradicated or limited, there are more reasons to re-think past practices, their efficacy and if a new stance is required in order to better defend their rights.
Crimes like those that are being so often lately reported in India, do not just happen in India. True. Nonetheless, it is a chance to reconsider and change. To resist and to develop a new theory and practice, adequate to the new conditions.
So, are we in need of a new "feminism"? (the inverted comas, because the very definition of the "femina"/"female" has undergone so many changes in the past decades, that it also needs to be taken into consideration per se.)