Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius: Not a question of fact, but perspective

I usually don’t reblog, but I think this post gives some interesting facts and discusses a sadly real issue.

I would have liked to include a “cartoon” from Sinfest, but I don’t want to violate any copyrights – so you can check directly at the source:

(the story has more episodes and begins at


When women are killed, we remain just as dead as any man in similar circumstances. It cannot be argued that we have not really died, that the bullet that went through our skull didn’t really hurt us. Our death is an objective truth. It’s just the years leading up to it – all those experiences, thoughts and feelings – that can never quite be verified. For how does one know whether a life has validity unless it was lived by a man?

A man’s story belongs to him. He is more than “just the women”. As Judge Thokozile Masipa said of Oscar Pistorius, not guilty of murder despite firing four shots through a locked bathroom door, “the accused is the only person who can say what his state of mind was at the time he fired the shots that killed the deceased”. His experiences are inviolable. And…

View original post 626 more words


5 thoughts on “Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius: Not a question of fact, but perspective

  1. Thanks for sharing, that’s a very interesting post.

  2. I think there is a lot of truth to that post. I find most courts anymore are so concerned with upholding the letter of the law, they forget about the spirit of the law-which I always supposed to be about promoting justice. While I do agree with the article’s position that in a male-driven court system, men have the upper hand, I find the court’s tendency to thwart justice to be true across the board though (whether it’s a man vs a woman or otherwise-and no matter the commissioners, judges, etc.–it’s just that our systems are so faulty). It’s shameful when the courts tend to protect the offender and not the victim on technicalities or “reasonableness.” Happens everyday though.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks for your comment and thoughts! I see what you mean. I’m not totally sure whether the “bad” system works evenly across the board. In studies done on other topics/fields, it has been shown that women are not handled in the same way as men – even by women themselves. I’m not aware of one such study on juridic matters, though. On the other hand the majority of victims is of female gender, so having a bad system applied to them, makes the most damage to that gender. Perhaps, similarly, it could be extended to the less wealthy parts of society, who may have less chances to defend themselves in court etc. And apparently, most of the offenders are male. So the faulty system would end up causing the most damage to the (female?) victims and safeguarding the (vastly male) offenders. But is it faulty system only? I think that our world is geared towards men and women often stand no chance for an equal treatment.

  3. Martha says:

    hope you are ok. miss your blogging x x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s