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Qaddafi is right about some things

From the collection of his definitive writings:

Women, like men, are human beings….we must understand the natural difference between the two sexes. Women are female and men are male. According to gynaecologists women, unlike men, menstruate each month. (p. 74, M. Al Gathafi, The Green Book, World Center for the Study and Research of the Green Book, 2009 edition)

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  1. Chike wrote:

    Captain Obvious?

    Posted April 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  2. solemu wrote:

    hahaha I think his communication advisers are following a “safe” strategy…

    Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink
  3. Trent Eady wrote:

    An provocative question that can be applied to this unprovocative excerpt: to what extent is the “natural difference” between the sexes constructed by social processes, and how does this feed into gender inequality?

    Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
  4. Zishan Jiwani wrote:

    Haha.. this is hilarious. Thanks for making my day, Mr Easterly

    Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink
  5. Katelyn Sack wrote:

    @Chike – that’s *Colonel* Obvious to you! :)

    Posted April 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  6. mestrick wrote:

    Actually, he can’t even get the so-called “obvious” right. Women are indeed human, just as men are. In many cases, however, women are not female and men are not male. Heteronormativity seems to have crept into Aid Watch. It’s sneaky like that.

    Posted April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

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