Meltem Arikan
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I’ve been beaten and jostled. Not just hurt, almost annihilated. You think if you can destroy my femininity, it’s easier for you to control me. All of you. ALL OF YOU!

My father, brother, husband and son…. All of you.  My mother who watched and did nothing.  All of you. Every single one of you who just watched.  You who turned a blind eye to my oppression and my being torn apart.  In the same way that you accepted the oppression of  your wives, mothers and sisters.  All of you…..  I have to stand against this right now.  Not tomorrow but now. NOW!

I’m all alone. All of you who keep me down.  Your weight is upon me. You’re very heavy.  You carry the weight of a thousand years. I have to rise, I have to stand on my feet.  Now.  I have to stand on my own feet now, tomorrow is too late. ENOUGH!…

Dövüldüm. Hırpalandım. İncinmek mi? Ne incinmesi,  yok edilmeye çalışıldım. Kadınlığımı yok ederseniz beni daha kolay yönetebileceğinizi sanıyorsunuz. Hepiniz!… HEPİNİZ!

Babam, erkek kardeşim, kocam ve oğlum… Hepiniz.  Buna seyirci kalan annem, hepiniz. Buna seyirci kalan teker teker hepiniz. Benim ezilmeme, yıpranmama göz yumdunuz. Karılarınızın, analarınızın, kardeşlerinizin de ezilmesini kabullendiğiniz gibi. Hepiniz… Ayağa kalkmam lazım, şimdi. Yarın değil, şimdi… ŞİMDİ!

Tek başınayım, hepiniz, üstüme çöktünüz. Ağırlığınız üstümde. Çok ağırsınız. Binlerce yıllık ağırlıktasınız. Kalkmam lazım. Ayakta durmam lazım. Şimdi. Şimdi ayakta duracağım, yarın çok geç, şimdi. YETER!..

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.  Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2012.

 

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