The front page of the news in November 1992 was a story of a young girl who was either 12 or 13 or 14 years old, and lived in a kibbutz, in a settlement very much like our settlement. She had been gang-raped by 11 boys. And this was the first time that this kind of a story had ever hit the news. It was extremely sensational. The judge basically exonerated the 11 boys from having committed rape on the basis that the girl didn’t say no….And I heard the headlines in the morning, and somehow the news just sunk all the way down to my feet. My daughter at the time was 8 or 9, and I thought, I could absolutely see this happening anywhere in Israel. It was, it was so clear to me that women’s status and women’s bodies and women’s rights were…completely trampled on by a society which was extremely patriarchic, which was extremely geared towards male’s views, male’s needs, and um…men’s perceptions of women’s bodies and sexuality. Read the rest of this entry »