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One must always consider signs of progress relative to their local general context.

If you see women in e.g. al-Raqqa hold demos against patriarchy ("kill the dominant male"), you can not dismiss them because "oh, but they have head-scarves" so I can't support them", but consider how extremely far things have progressed in just a year.

When women in Oakland grew tired of rape-culture and police inaction to form their own armed feminist vigilante night-watch "glittur-bloc", you can't dismiss that as "also violent".

When one angry arabiya sat in a turnabout in Bahrain shouting slogans against the Saudi puppet dictator, you can't dismiss that as "What? She's just sitting! I can sit".

Without context, nothing is anything.

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