Meltem Arikan

I’m furious!…For being under the control of male domination for thousands of years.

I’m furious! For being cheated by the empty discourses for thousands of years.

I’m furious!…  For my existence to be restrained by being forcibly alienated to my body.

And I’m even more furious for seeing day after day increasing number of those not being furious at all.

Öfkeliyim!..  Binlerce yıldır erkek egemenliği altında yönetildiğim için…

Öfkeliyim!.. Binlerce yıldır içi boş söylemlerle kandırıldığım için.

Öfkeliyim!.. Bedenime zorla yabancılaştırılıp varoluşum engellendiği için.

Ve gün geçtikçe öfkelenmeyenler çoğaldığı için daha da daha da öfkeliyim…

Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. 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. She published her 9th novel in 2009.

Picture Credit: "Furious Witch" © Iurii Kryvenko |

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