Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Crime of Carving Swastikas in the Skin of a Woman is not only Racist and Anti-Semitic

[image is from here]

It's also a pornographically misogynistic violation of a female human being. The swastika, and Nazism generally, is a genre of pornography, which should surprise no one, given that all pornography is fascistic to women as a class of human beings subordinated internationally to men who deem themselves superior to women. From Wikipedia, we find out this:
Adult films also exploited Nazi scenarios in a string of sadomasochistic "roughie" pornographic films in the '70s and early '80s. Examples include the Mitchell brothers' Hot Nazis, Nazi Love Island with John Holmes and Seka, and Hitler's Harlot. One of the last entries, Stalag 69 (1982), starred Angelique Pettyjohn as an Ilsa-type SS officer. The story was largely a remake of Love Camp 7, bringing the cycle back to its origins. The genre remained mostly dormant for the next two decades. In 2006, Mood Pictures, a Hungarian producer of S&M films, released Gestapo, Gestapo 2, and Dr. Mengele in 2008, all of which are set in a Nazi prison camp and pay homage to Ilsa and the Italian exploitation films.
Neo-Nazi groups (anti-feminist, anti-immigration, anti-queer, and pro-white and pro-Fascistic European Nationalism) are strengthening across Europe and their core is patriarchal racism, which you'd never know from reports like this one by Phil Dickens from an anarchist site, Property is Theft.

This is not a specifically a "Greek" problem, but Greece (like other European States and white het male-dominated States, such as Australia, the U.S. and the UK), is struggling in many ways, with great economic instability and grossly racist elements. This video describes some of the current climate, but also does some racist things, like calling fascists "primitive" and using the Mayan, Kuna (Panama), and Hopi, West, South, Southeast, and East Asian symbol (in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, for example; in Sanskrit, Japanese, Chinese languages) to mean the Nazi swastika, as if one is the same as the other. So there's a kind of racism against Indigenous peoples that inheres in the way this story is being told. It also has roots in pre-Christian Europe, including parts of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Germany, and Greece, specifically.

Generally, if not conclusively, the Nazi swastika can be identified and distinguished by color combination and by the fact that the uncriss-crossed elements can read as "SS", and the symbol is tilted on its edge. In many other societies, it reads "ZZ" to Anglocise it, and lies flat on one of its four sides.

For more (and in some cases repetitive) history on the culturally diverse and distinguishing features of many of these symbols, most of which do not refer to anything fascistic, but some of which due mean "purity", see this, from *here*:
The swastika is an equilateral cross with arms bent at right angles, all in the same direction, usually the right, or clockwise. The swastika is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and is widely dispersed in both the ancient and modern world. It originally represented the revolving sun, fire, or life. The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit swastika which means, "conducive to well- being". The swastika was widely utilized in ancient Mesopotamian coinage as well as appearing in early Christian and Byzantium art, where it was known as the gammadion cross. The swastika also appeared in South and Central America, widely used in Mayan art during that time period.

In North America, the swastika was a symbol used by the Navajos. The swastika still continues today to be an extensively used sign in Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. In Buddhism, a swastika represents resignation. In Jainism, it delineates their seventh saint, and the four arms are also used to remind the worshiper of the four possible places of rebirth; the animal or plant world, in Hell, on Earth, or in the spirit world. To Hindus, the swastika with the arms bent to the left is called the sathio or sauvastika, which symbolizes night, magic, purity, and the destructive goddess Kali. In both Hinduism and Jainism, the swastika or sathio is used to mark the opening pages or their account books, thresholds, doors, and offerings.

The swastika was a symbol for the [predominantly Indian/Iranian, but also European/Iranian] Aryan people, a name which, in Sanskrit means "noble". The Aryans were a group of people who settled in Iran and Northern India. They believed themselves to be a pure race, superior to the other surrounding cultures. When the Germans looked for a symbol, they looked for a symbol which represented the purity which they believed they contained. The Nazis regarded themselves as "Aryans" and tried to steal the accomplishments of these pre-historic people.

In Nazi Germany, the swastika with its arms turned clockwise became the national symbol. In 1910, a poet and nationalist Guido von List suggested that the swastika as a symbol for all anti-Semitic organizations. When the National Socialist Party was formed in 1919, it adopted the ancient symbol, the swastika, giving it the worst meaning possible, destroying the good symbolism which the swastika had held for thousands of years prior.

In 1935, the black swastika on a white circle with a crimson background became the national symbol of Germany. The major difference between the Nazi swastika and the ancient symbol of many different cultures, is that the Nazi swastika is at a slant, while the ancient swastika is rested flat.
What follows is from *here*, and was originally posted on 9 March 2010 ECD.

Anti-Racism Rally

Via Kathimerini
Residents of Hania as well as teachers and students staged a demonstration in the Cretan port yesterday to protest a string of racist attacks in the area in recent weeks, culminating at the end of last month in an attack on a teacher who had swastikas carved into her skin. “We are marching today to remind young people that their grandfathers fought so that the swastika would not fly on flags in the Cretan sky,” a protest organizer said. Police said they believe the perpetrators had targeted the 27-year-old teacher because she had been offering Greek language lessons to the children of immigrants.
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Finally, here is a video on racist, anti-immigrant fascistic activist groups in Greece, with the wrong symbol representing the Nazi swastika. It tells some of the recent history of this activism:

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