Quebec feminists do not comment on the weeks-long struggle of Iranian women for the recognition of their rights, because “they do not know the conflict well and do not have expertise in it”, argues feminist Kim Levesque-Lizot at Sophie’s microphone. Durocher on QUB Radio.
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The comedian and co-author of the “Before the Crash” series posted a series of Instagram “stories” last Monday in which she claimed the media was feasting on the theme “Why Western/Quebec Feminists Don’t Support Iranians.” .
For Kim Levesque-Lizot, “It’s kind of an investigation of intent, which came out of nowhere.”
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“As a feminist, I mainly speak out on causes that concern me, society, injustices or injustices that I feel I have control over,” she explained.
“It takes time to mobilize, organize, educate oneself, there are activists on the ground, there are demonstrations”, recalls the comedian, adding that these women are not being heard because they don’t have a platform.
“Quebecers, Iranians, what brings us all together as women, whether left or right, is our helplessness in the face of what is happening right now and that explains much of the silence,” Ms. Lévesque-Lizot lamented.
“The beautiful thing is that these women are in control of their destiny, rebelling. She said, “We are talking less because they have taken care of the injustice so there is no need to condemn it anymore.” This is often the case as privileged white people who we disagree with and are criticized for assigning fights that do not belong to us.
Without naming him, Kim Levesque-Lizot here denounces the white savior syndrome, as Westerners who want to help racialized and oppressed peoples to advance themselves. This neocolonial concept is often condemned in militant circles because it does not take into account the realities and real needs of oppressed people.
Thus, the popular trend of cutting a lock of hair in support of Iranian women is controversial.
According to her, the thing to remember is that burning their veil may be the choice of some Iranian women.
“They made their own decisions,” she concluded.