Author Meltem Arikan, who questions men and women’s sexual freedom and alienation to their bodies in her novels, sent a letter to men all over the world in English and Turkish via twitter.
One of Turkey’s leading novelists’ and Kazete columnist Meltem Arikan, sent a letter to men starting with ‘Hey, patriarchal man! First be a man’ from her twitter account.
Here is Arikan’s letter:
HEY, MAN OF PATRIARCHY!
FIRST BE A MAN!
SECOND, BE AWARE OF YOUR MANKIND!
THIRD, ACT AS A MAN!
LEAVE THIS PATRIARCHY ISSUE ASIDE!
FOURTH, BE AWARE OF WOMENKIND! WE WOMEN NEED YOU, BE OUR LOVER.
DO NOT PUT ON MACHO STYLE, WE DO NOT MIND SUCH MANNERS ANYMORE!
WE WON’T PRETEND AS IF WE ARE SATISFIED, JUST TO PLEASE YOU.
DO NOT GET FIXATED IN OLD SCHOOL WAYS.
PUT THE MUSCLE POWER ASIDE, WE NEED YOUR CONSCIOUS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD.
LET’S MAKE LOVE, BE INTEGRATED AND SET UP THE NEW DIGITAL WORLD WITH COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS!
GIVE UP SETTING BORDERS OF FEARS BETWEEN SOCIETIES, BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, BETWEEN RACES AND BETWEEN RELIGIONS!
IN THE DIGITAL WORLD, MEN AND WOMEN WILL CROSS THE BORDER OF FEAR TOGETHER. BE SMART, REMOVE THESE BORDERS WITH WOMAN.
TRANSITION HAS ALREADY BEGUN; IT’S BETTER FOR YOU TO JOIN IT!
WE NEED YOU, YOU NEED US!
Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her first short stories and essays were published in various literary journals during 1992 – 1995. Her first novel, Ve… Veya… Belki… (And… Or… Maybe…) was published in 1999, followed by Evet... Ama... Sanki... (Yes… But… As If…) in 2000 and Kadın Bedenini Soyarsa (Undressing Herself) in 2002.
Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association.
Her fifth novel Zaten Yoksunuz (You Exist In No Way) was published in 2005, followed by Umut Lanettir (Hope is a Curse) in 2006.
After her first 6 novels, Arikan wrote the script for the play Oyunu Bozuyorum (I’m Breaking the Game) which premiered in August at the Zurich Theater Spectacle, performed by Garajistanbul and awarded the “New Unique Play” prize from VIII. Lions Theatrical Awards in 2007. She published a research book titled Beden Biliyor (The Body Knows) in 2008. In 2009 another play, Parallel, whose dramaturgy was by Arıkan, was staged by Garajistanbul as a part of the Linz 2009: European Capital of Culture program. Her last novel, Özlemin Beni Savuran (Your Yearning That Sways Me) was published in June 2009.
“Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association.
“New Unique Play” prize from VIII. Lions Theatrical Awards in 2007.
Meltem Arikan has been named as one of our Heroes of Revolution 2.0.
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