KARTINI: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

“There is no word for selfishness in the Javanese language. Happy language where that word has never penetrated.” Raden Ajeng Kartini, August 15, 1902.

 

Javanese Princess Raden Ajeng Kartini loved and respected her mother, father and husband and was proud of her culture and heritage and of the female role of mother.

Professor of English Janice Fiamengo of Canada writes:

“Kartini’s eloquent tribute to women and her acknowledgement of the importance of the family as the basis of a healthy society are an inspiration.”

The professor contrasts this with the contemporary situation in Western countries:

“If our feminist leaders today celebrated family, acknowledged fathers, and stressed women’s special capacities to mother their children, we would be much better off than we are.

Kartini’s vision is an attractive one and certainly a safer basis for social reform than anything offered by modern feminism.

Feminists in the West, except for a few, are not much interested in motherhood or infant care.

Most are interested in weakening the family (which they see as oppressive) and in excluding men from the family and from society generally. Their issues are not really womens’ issues; their issues are anti-male propaganda and activism.

Programs and practices that help mothers are purely positive and few men object to them, so there is nothing to be gained by feminists.”

 

I agree with the Professor.

Modern feminism, twisted by dark hatred of men, terrifies me.

But Kartini was a product of the enlightenment. She was not like modern feminists. She was better.

Her own words in her letters to European friends prove how different she was to so many contemporary feminists.

 

A. KARTINI DID NOT SEE HERSELF OR OTHER WOMEN AS VICTIMS.

 

“The modern girl is proud and independent: happy and self-reliant, she lightly and alertly steps on her way through life, full of enthusiasm and warm feeling; working not only for her own well-being and happiness, but for the greater good of humanity as a whole.” 25 May, 1899.

 

“My father has been so affectionate to me; he takes my hand between his two hands tenderly, and puts his arm around me so lovingly, as though he would protect me from some impending danger. Through everything I feel his immeasurable love, and it makes me very happy …….” August, 1900.

 

“The education of woman has always been an important factor in civilization.” October 11, 1901.

 

“……. the highest and most sacred glory of woman is motherhood.” September 2nd, 1902.

 

“If the child that I carry under my heart is a girl, what shall I wish for her? I shall wish that she may live a rich full life, and that she may complete the work that her mother has begun. She shall never be compelled to do anything abhorrent to her deepest feelings. What she does must be of her own free will. She shall have a mother who will watch over the welfare of her inmost being, and a father who will never force her in anything. It will make no difference to him if his daughter remains unmarried her whole life long; what will count with him will be that she shall always keep her esteem and affection for us. He has shown that he respects women, and that we are one in thought, by his desire to trust his daughter wholly to me.” June 28th, 1904.

 

B. KARTINI DID NOT DEMONISE OR ATTACK MEN

 

“We are not giving battle to men, but to old moss-grown edicts and conventions that are not worthy of the Javanese of the future.” 1900

 

C. SHE WAS COMMITTED TO GENDER EQUALITY

 

“To love, there must first be respect ……….” November 6, 1899.

 

“I should teach my children, boys and girls, to regard one another as equal human beings and give them always the same education; of course following the natural disposition of each.” 23 August, 1900

 

“I shall not go on with our great work as a woman alone! A noble man will be at my side to help me.” August, 1903.

 

D. DESPITE HER NOBLE BIRTH, SHE WAS HUMBLE

 

“I and my people are one.” February 1st, 1903.

 

 

“I have said all along that I would not allow my foot to be kissed. I could never allow anyone to do that. I want a place in their hearts, not outward forms.”  August 25th, 1903.

 

 

E.  KARTINI WAS A WOMAN’S RIGHTS PIONEER WHO RESPECTED FAMILY AND TRADITION.

 

“I long to be free, to be able to stand alone, to study, not to be subject to any one, and, above all, never never to be obliged to marry.” 25 May, 1899.

 

“…….the calling of woman is marriage …….. the highest happiness for a woman is, and shall be centuries after us, a harmonious union with the man of her choice.” 23 August, 1900

 

“Our grandfather in the past brought up the sons of other nobles. …….. So you see there is nothing new under the sun; our idea which is called startlingly new, is old, inherited from our grandfather. Our plan of education — our spirit, has descended from him. Grandfather was a pioneer; we are only carrying on his work — they were good people, both grandfather and grandmother.” January 27th, 1903.

 

 

“The freedom of women is inevitable; it is coming, but we cannot hasten it.” August Ist 1903.

 

 

F.  SHE RESPECTED HER PARENTS

 

“I cannot thank my parents enough for the free upbringing they have given me.” November 6, 1899

 

“I wish that I could tell you what Mamma has been to us all these long years, what she still is. ……. We owe her a world full of love and gratitude; we are so thankful that we are going away from Mamma in peace, in the service of that Good that she herself knows and understands.” July 12, 1902.

 

G. SHE RESPECTED THE FEMALE ROLE OF MOTHER AND THAT RESPECT DEFINED HER PIONEERING EFFORTS

 

“……. who can do most for the elevation of the moral standard of mankind? The woman, the mother ……. it is at the breast of woman, that man receives his earliest nourishment. The child learns there first, to feel, to think, and to speak. And the earliest education of all foreshadows the whole after life.” 1900

 

H. SHE RESPECTED BOTH HERITAGE AND PROGRESS

 

“The evening song a Javanese sings to his family and to his neighbours tells of love, heroic deeds and glittering pageantry;  of beauty and of wisdom; of mighty men and women, princes and princesses of the long ago. It is that loveliest hour when the Javanese, tired from the hard day’s work, seeks rest in song, dreaming all his cares away, wholly lost in the shining far-away past, whither his song leads him. “The Javanese are a people who live in the past,” a young friend of ours says rightly. “They are lost in the blissful dreams of their eternal sleep.” That is true, but we are alive, we must live; and life always goes forward.” August 20th, 1902.

 

I.    SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT MEN AND WOMEN NEED EACH OTHER

 

“…… we are meant to live with and for humanity.” August, 1901.

 

“……. my new home ……. A home where, praise God, there is peace and love everywhere, and we are all happy with and through one another.” December 11th, 1903 (after her marriage)

 

“I have planned to be a pioneer in the struggle for the rights and freedom of the Javanese woman. I am now the wife of a man whose support gives me strength in my efforts to reach the ideal which is always before my eyes. I have now both personal happiness and also my work for my ideal.” April l0th, 1904.

 

 

To restore our own badly damaged culture, westerners could learn from Indonesia, just as Kartini learnt from the west.

This enlightened woman’s vision of equality and freedom could help the world now.

Professor Fiamengo writes that Kartini should inspire us all to remember “that love and cooperation between men and women, and love for children, is the true basis of all social progress.”

Or, as the Princess herself wrote on the 23rd of August, 1900:

“Love begets love.”

 

Geoff Fox, March 21, 2018, Australia.

 

Kartini quotes are from the 1920 translation by Agnes Louise Symmers

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter to Daniel Andrews: New Police State Tactics from the ALP

Premier Daniel Andrews,

Injustices against men have lead social commentator Bettina Arndt to describe the State of Victoria as Australia’s “Deep South”.

With this letter, I now call upon you to address the misuse of police services against me and to commit your government to better protection of human rights especially the need for freedom of speech in democracy.

On July 5th 2016, the police force which answers to and is directed by your government arrested me for communicating with an elected representative of the Australian Labor Party, Councillor Sarah Carter of Maribyrnong City Council.

On June 18, I had warned that councillor by email that I would renew and extend an unresolved written complaint about her unless she discussed and resolved my concerns about her conduct. Two days later on June 20, police were ready to arrest me. But I wasn’t at home that day. I phoned the police station twice within twenty four hours in response to the calling card left by Senior Seargeant SW, but nobody returned my calls. On July 5th I was arrested for the alleged crime of sending too many emails and text messages to Sarah Carter via the communication channels made available to the public via the Maribyrnong City Council website. The Senior Seargeant later told me that the grounds for the arrest were events prior to June 20.

I believe this arrest was both illegal victimisation and a violation of various sections of the Victorian Charter Of Human Rights and Responsibilties including sections 15 and 18, relating to freedom of speech and the right to participate in public life.

In communicating with Sarah Carter, I started out wanting to commemorate the momentous achievements against fascism of the victorious allies in World War Two and to promote friendliness with Australia’s giant neighbour the Republic Of Indonesia.

My patriotism was rewarded with my arrest.

Under your government, Daniel Andrews.

Shortly after the arrest, I went back to the police station to try to tell the police that I believed they had violated my human rights. One constable laughed at me and Senior Seargeant SW told me in defence of the police action. “We have all these councillors coming over here about you ……..” I replied with words to the effect that if a number of councillors had come to his police station about me, then Victoria’s police force was at risk of becoming part of a police state. To his credit, the Senior Seargeant was visibly shaken by my words. He is no longer working at Footscray Police Station. I do not know why he left.

 

Subsequently the investigating officer was Senior Constable PM. I told him how profoundly suicidal I had become after the arrest. He told me that officers at Footscray Police Station had been under instructions “from head office” which lead to the arrest. As a citizen who cares about democracy, I wish I knew what those instructions were.

Daniel Andrews, please ask the Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton, what sort of instructions lead to the victimization and human rights violations outlined above.  I have written to both you and Graham Ashton numerous times about my trauma and neither of you has begun to address my concerns.

I cant live with that.

Not in the State Of Victoria.

My home base for 55 years.

At the age of 60 years, my life as a citizen in your state is in ruins.

 

In your state, I am at war with the local government in Maribyrnong: that is the psychological truth of my life.

This war was started from within that local government when police services were misused to protect an elected representative of the ALP from communicating with me.

Will you, Daniel Andrews, and Graham Ashton, ever start to take your responsibilities and Labor Party Human Rights legislation seriously?

I believe the White Ribbon Day campaign demonises men and helped to create a climate where a police driven panopticon made my determined patriotic lobbying a crime. Will you repudiate this demonization of men and unequivocally support gender equality for men?

Now I have almost no income as I focus over and over on trying to understand why an apparently decent police officer like SW, who I believe does or did his best to serve and protect the Victorian community, came to be involved, during the lead-up to an election, in the denial of basic human rights essential to democracy.

In an open letter made public on November 8, 2017 and addressed to Sarah Carter, I asked her some hard questions:

I wanted to know what she had to say for herself with respect to the use of the police services to “protect” her from my lobbying when she was facing an election.

I wanted to know, and still want to know, what are the implications for democracy when an elected representative can be up for reelection and facing the possibility of a formal complaint from a citizen voting in that round of elections and then Personal Safety laws are used by the police to make that voter liable for two years jail if he mentions the candidate online or contacts her.

I asked, “How did Personal Safety legislation and police intervention come to be a substitute for a complaints process at local government level?”

These questions remain unanswered by Sarah Carter, who is your party colleague, Daniel Andrews.

I now call upon you, Premier, to address those questions and to make certain that Graham Ashton, your appointee as Chief Commissioner of Police, addresses those questions too.

A different question, which has been answered, is a question asked online about your government by Andrew Bolt on October 14th 2016: under the heading: “Victorian Government to brainwash students on male “privilege”, Mr Bolt wrote:

“Victorian students will be taught about “male privilege” and how “masculinity” encourages “control and dominance” over women, as part of a mandatory new school subject aimed at combating family violence. The Victorian government will push ahead with the rollout of its $21.8 million respectful relationships education program, despite claims the program fails to consider the multiple and complex drivers of family violence, ignores male victims and amounts to the brainwashing of children. Evidence has emerged the program risks alienating men — by presenting all men as “bad” and all women as “victims” — a point highlighted in a report evaluating a pilot of the program in 19 schools last year.

The sheer impertinence of Labor politicians and Leftist bureaucrats to think they have a right to impose their ideology onto the children of others, including the children of the parents who definitely disagree with their toxic ideology.

What kind of person thinks they can misuse power like this?”

 

A powerful answer to this question comes from Professor Janice Fiamengo of Canada. She writes:

“These people believe, as do all revolutionaries in the causes of so-called “social justice”, that the end justifies the means. If one woman might be saved from harassment or abuse, any number of potential male abusers can and should be sacrificed. In third wave feminist ideology, men are collectively guilty and are not deserving of compassion or fairness; women are collectively innocent and must be ‘protected’ by any means necessary. This modern revolution threatens everybody else’s basic rights.”

Professor Fiamengo has this piece of advice for government leaders, Premier Andrews:

“Anyone who makes rules for people to live under should read Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale Of Two Cities” in which possession by a radical ideology undermined rational thought and fair dealing.”

The Professor made this comment to me on the significance of what happened to me in July 2016: “……. in your case and in many others that are now occurring as a result of feminist lobbying and propaganda, the response of authorities is an “over-reaction.” You did not threaten the woman in question. There was nothing in your correspondence with her that warranted your being treated by the police as a danger.”

Premier Andrews, you have boasted that Victoria is the most “progressive” state in Australia. Is police protection of an ALP candidate from showing respect for patriotic lobbying what you mean by progress?

Professor Fiamengo writes:

“Utopian social experiments are not new. The story can end like the Reign of Terror in “A Tale of Two Cities” and can begin like our modern demonisation of men and feminist promotion of  victimhood for women.  In order to purge dissident opinion, punishments must be created for those who disagree. As time progresses, more and more people must be put in the real or metaphorical gulag until that ever growing prison is far larger than the tiny utopia. The agitators always find new reasons to conduct further purges.

So, in Maribyrnong, to protect local government’s “gender equity ambassador” from the emails and text messagess of a male midwife who wanted to plant memorial trees on vacant military heritage land in the community, Victoria Police arrested the man. And this is going on now all around us, in every major institution of western societies. And it will go on for a long while as totalitarian practices replace the long evolved and evolving traditions of Western democracies.”

Daniel Andrews, the trauma of being arrested at the age of 59 with no previous criminal record has left me battling PTSD.

What the police force can do in your Victoria scares me.

It is not the democracy I once had faith in.

 

Shame on you.

Geoff Fox

feeling safe in Java, Indonesia, February the 8th, 2018

 

MERDEKA ATAU MATI …….. “YOU’LL NEVER CATCH ME ALIVE” CRIED HE

“Merdeka atau mati!” (which is best transcreated as “Freedom or death!”) was a slogan of the Indonesian Revolution of 1945-1949. It was a key part of the spirit of rebellion against colonial repression. Pictured above is Bung Tomo, circa 1947, a hero of the Indonesian revolution famous for his insistence that the war cry “Freedom or death!” was a non negotiable principle of the new Republic Of Indonesia. The slogan still inspires this nation, which I call my second home and where I find a profound sense of freedom denied to me in my country of birth.

Australia’s unofficial national anthem, “Waltzing Matilda” is the story of an itinerant swagman (hobo) who “steals” a sheep that wanders into his camp.The “swaggie” chooses suicide by drowning ahead of arrest by the constabulary siding with the rich squatter (pastoralist) to whom the sheep probably belonged. I have read that the penalty for sheep stealing was hanging.

Waltzing Matilda is an allegory about social justice which came second out of four songs in a 1977 plebiscite to decide on a new official national anthem. The swagman’s final words are “You’ll never catch me alive.” In this defiance there is both a celebration of the spirit of freedom and tragic loss of life. For Australians, Waltzing Matilda is a song that lives at the very heart of our sense of our identity.

Personally, I have been a midwife for 3 decades but now events outside midwifery have plunged me into a horrific 16 months of psychological torment characterised by far too much suicidal ideation.  Am I alone in this experience?

I now find myself forced to ask a question which is completely different from the wonderful working life of harmony with women which I have been privileged to enjoy: “How many men are being driven towards suicide by modern feminist tyranny?”

Professor of English Janice Fiamengo of the University Of Ottawa responds:

 

“Dear Geoff,

I like how you have worded this question: an underlying problem is our modern empathy gap. Harms to women are considered far more serious and worthy of public outcry than harms to men.

In the world of the past, the world of my favorite writer, Jane Austen, there was recognition of men’s sacrifices to build civilization. They sacrificed in war, in their labor, in their heroism, in their defense of women and children. This was a part of the social contract between men and women; men did these things, and they were honored for them. Women recognized men’s sacrifice, and they in turn sacrificed a part of their autonomy in return for men’s protection.

In the world we live in now, too many women no longer honor men or recognize any of their sacrifices, but they still expect men to provide for them (whether as husbands/partners or through their tax dollars in use by the state) and to support laws such as equity hiring and divorce provisions that disadvantage men and advantage women. At the same time, men are now publicly defamed and belittled as rapists, sexual harassers, and stalkers who need to constantly apologize for their so-called “privilege.”

 

Australian psychologist Bettina Arndt described the modern world like this in the keynote speech at the International Conference on Men’s Issues held on Australia’s Gold Coast in June 2017:

“We live in a time where women’s needs and women’s wants are given endless priority over men’s. We face a constant stream of propaganda demonising men and praising women.

Men are on a very short leash always in trouble for not doing enough. Everywhere we see puritanical women judging men.

Across the world the most extraordinary changes are occurring in the rule of law. The basic assumptions about being innocent until proven guilty are totally discarded in order to shaft men.

A huge social betrayal rolls on. The effrontery of this industry is truly remarkable.

Six men kill themselves every day in Australia and no one cares. We have to keep asking: “What is wrong with you, you mothers of sons, you daughters of men, you women who have loving men in your lives. Why don’t you care about them?” “

 …………………. watch this space for further responses to my question: “How many men are being driven towards suicide by modern feminist tyranny?” ………..

Geoff Fox, Java, Indonesia, this post begun November 22nd 2017 completed ????????