Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Girls (a story of revolution) 22

read the beginning here


Tel Aviv, Israel

- Dabby is a filmmaker, feminist. The leader of the famous million person peaceful demonstration here in Tel Aviv.
- I'm the killer.
- Who did you kill?
- My man.
- Why?
- Why not? He had the names of the kids he killed tattooed on his arms.
- When was that?
- Killing? He started when was 12.
- You don't think you did good?
- Dabby believes people kill in the name of good. For the good of their group they do what they know as individuals is bad.
- You say I feel good about doing something bad?
- You tell me. Was it a good thing to do? Is that why you are here with us today in Israel?
- Everyone, get in the truck. Dabby, everything arranged?
- Our girls will be at all the houses. I hope yours will be too.
- Armed?
- Everyone, man and woman in Israel is trained in the use of weapons.
- Armed. Ok, Go on.
- We Jews are sensitive on the subject of individuals killing for a group.
- You want me to say I killed for myself?
- Did you?
- Prof., where's that Russian girl you got to talk to the guards and the working girls?
- In the back.
- Get her up here.
- Translators: they're with all the teams.

- Natasha, right? Repeat what you told me.
- The revolution will never succeed. Anarchism is weak. It will be crushed.
- And I asked, anarchism makes people weak? Or is adopted only by weak people who can't protect themselves? And you answered?
- Anarchism has always failed.
- Crushed by armies.
- If it couldn't protect itself, it didn't deserve to survive.
- She's coming with us?
- Quiet. And I answered?
- A strong army can protect dictatorship, communism, fascism, democracy, even anarchism. Military force decides whether a state survives. That's all. Return to your seat.
- I'm with you, Jamie. You killed to give yourself a chance to live. But was it a chance for a fascist life, or a free life? For a life obedient to a group, which can do any evil, or a life as a woman and individual?
- Get that thing out of my face. Do we have to do this on camera?
- Yes.
- Do I have to do this, Prof?
- You have to know what you are doing.
- Jamie! We've got this theory. We feminists in Israel. We grow up with our father's rules, learn them without knowing why we should follow them. We grow up, want to be independent, want to do what we want, not what others want. We rebel against the rules, because though we don't really know what we want, we know for sure we don't want to obey someone else's rules. That rebellion may be our first important independent act, and the world teaches us something. We've gotten somewhere, but the problem is, the rebellion was forced on us, we were driven to it by not knowing what else to do. And what we are driven to do, like we learned our father's rules, we do without understanding why. Father and child learn the rules learned by fathers and children, all without knowing why, all without knowing why they rebel, when they do. Obedient and rebelling, with the group or creating a new group, they do what if they weren't unconscious they'd know was bad.
- A feminist revolutionary doesn't want to rebel against fathers.
- Or boyfriends with tattoos. We please our fathers by following their rules. We please our mothers by doing things worthy of their love. There are no rules to be followed, we try one thing, then another, see what our mother loves.
- Still obeying, doing what your mother wants.
- No. Your mother can love many different things. She herself also tries out many things to find what pleases her family, she can choose one, then another, then another... Why do you girls kill? Rebellion against fathers, unconsciously, potentially evil? Or as an army that can protect anything, but we make sure it only protects our attempts to please mothers, remaining conscious, never to do evil?
- Your mother.

to be continued