Feminist Activists’ life taken
The world has suffered another very tragic loss. Jana Mackey, a 25 year old feminist and law student in Kansas was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Saturday. She was found inside his home. She was a women’s rights activist who lobbied for NOW and ProKanDo, a political action committee in Kansas. This breaks my heart. I found out about this via Viva La Feminista, and after reading the comments, I found one by her brother Travis. The anniversary of the death of my brother is coming up this 18th, and this reminds me of what I went through a year ago with my family. I feel so sorry for their loss, and I’m sorry the world will never be able to see what this beautiful, strong woman could do for the causes she believed in.
I know my last couple of posts have been about women who have perished because of useless violence against them and this is yet another example. The useless misogyny and this need to control another human being led to this. She had broken up her relationship with her boyfriend 3 weeks prior to her murder, and it could only be assumed that he was not happy with this and wanted to possess and control her in hopes of regaining her favor. I hope her images can make this very real problem for women real for everyone. This was a life lost to violence by someone who needed to control and possess another life. This is a societal problem that we need to find a solution to fast! This man was someone who could not deal with the loss of the relationship and someone who consequentially killed himself whether out of remorse, depression, guilt, or the desire to be with her in the afterlife. Whatever his reasoning, this is unacceptable and we need to find a solution that will stop another woman from being murdered by a controlling, possessive man.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. She will forever be in our hearts.