Meltem Arikan


The silence of most women and men is a fact of the obedience pressure of patriarchy. Those, who prefer to be silent are consciously choosing to take part in the crime. Without destroying patriarchy neither women nor men can possibly become free. In order to achieve this, both men and women must pass the border of fear created by the patriarchal system. As a matter of fact, patriarchal system is a weak paper tiger and just spreading the truth of how corrupted the system is can destroy it.

By leaking the cables, Wikileaks,  recorded the true history and encouraged the people of North Africa and Middle East to pass the border of fear. On the other hand, the people of Western countries should also really carefully read these cable leaks in order to understand that they are not out of this period as well. Regardless of the religions and ideologies of the societies, all of them are governed just by a single system and its name is patriarchy. The West must face this reality too.

Çoğu kadın ve erkeğin sessizlikleri, ataerkil sisteme itaat etme baskısından doğmaktadır. Sessiz kalmayı tercih edenler bilinçli olarak suça ortak olmayı seçerler. Ataerkil sistemi yok etmeden ne kadınların ne de erkeklerin özgürleşmeleri mümkün değildir. Bunu başarabilmek için de kadınların ve erkeklerin ataerkil sistem tarafından yaratılan korku eşiğini geçmeleri gerekir. Aslına bakarsanız ataerkil sistem artık zayıf bir kağıttan kaplandır ve yalnızca sistemin ne kadar çürümüş olduğu gerçeği yayılarak bile yok edilebilir.

Wikileaks, elindeki bilgileri yayınlayarak gerçek tarihi yazmış ve Kuzey Afrika ve Orta Doğu halklarını, korku eşiğini geçmeleri için cesaretlendirmiştir. Öte yandan Batılılar da kendilerinin de bu sürecin dışında olmadıklarını anlamak için bu bilgileri çok dikkatli okumalıdırlar. Toplumların dinlerine ve ideolojilerine bakılmaksızın tümünü yöneten sistem tektir ve adı da ataerkil düzendir. Artık Batı da bu gerçekle yüzleşmek zorundadır.

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Meltem Arikan

Meltem Arikan, born on January 7, 1968, in Ankara, is a Turkish novelist. She also wrote two plays and contributes to many periodicals as columnist and writer. 
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) had been 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 Thought and Speech Award 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 (The Tempest of Yearning) was published in June 2009. Meltem Arikan has been within the professional business life since 1986. Besides being board member of Enersis, Elektrosis Inc., Arikan is the Executive Board President of EEM pcm Design, Project Management and Consultancy firm, she established with five women.



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