Have I mentioned here that I exist in something of a news fast? I rarely if ever read the news. I might hear a few seconds of an update on the radio, and I see the backs of other people’s papers on the subway, but I’ve been on a news fast for a long time, mostly because I don’t trust a word that comes out of any major American news outlet. That’s a longer story.
The other reason is that lately, I am so incredibly hormonal. I really can’t figure out why. *rests hands on giant round gestating stomach* If I just sit here a minute I might come up with a reason… I can’t really put my finger on it. But yeah, most of the time, the news upsets me more than a little. I’m a lightweight. I admit it. Well, that’s not really the right word. I’m as big as a barn, and not light in weight at this time, but hormonally and emotionally speaking, I’m a bit of a wuss.
So reading about the following made me exceptionally glad I wasn’t wearing mascara today. I was crying out of rage and sorrow, and out of incredible pride and admiration.
On April 7, 2007, Dua Khalil Aswad, a 17 year old Yazidi Iraqi girl, was pulled into a crowd of men, some of whom were family members, and beaten and stoned to death as an “honor killing.” She had been seen in the company of a man of a different faith, a young man who was a Sunni Arab. Armed policemen were there, and the entire murder was captured on handheld video. No one did a thing to stop them or to save her. She died of a fractured skull and a broken spine.
A month later, Joss Whedon wrote about Khalil on Whedonesque, and his entry inspired a group of people led by Skyla Dawn Cameron to put together “an anthology of responses to Khalil’s death and the issues Whedon raised in his original essay ([the] culture of misogyny, violence against women, and the need for equality). It will be printed through Lulu.com, with all proceeds going to charity.” The planned release date is the one year anniversary of Dua Khalil’s death, April 7, 2008.
The book, Nothing But Red is seeking writers and artists to participate – and all formats, media, and genres are open – as well as volunteers to help put the book together. The first article will be Whedon’s original post, though the organizers are looking for anything that serves as a response to Khalil’s death. Submissions are being accepted from 1 August 2007 until 1 November 2007.