Can't you just see hoards of us lining up to defend, in the most appalling of ways, our idols good repute to ensure purity of images and ideals?
For the most part our protests and defense remain peaceful and rational. Even if we get angry and take to the streets, most women. along with the better majority of men, abhor violent acts of vengence.
Thankfully even the highest profile women targetted by satirsts and cartoonists alike are usually able to laugh off and even appreciate satirical exploration of their endeavours and even appearance!
Such figures as Dame Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse were villified by the genius of the BBC's 'Rubbery Figures' and took it as a compliment, that their efforts and work were being noticed and held to account.
With public or spiritual account or notoriety, so follows ridicule, or so it seems. At least in such parts of the world where we enjoy freedom of speech, the press and healthy public debate.
What Australian woman could ever forget former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner being reduced to spots, or former Prime Minister Julia Gillard depected as a witch. We may not have particularly enjoyed seeing these women's worst physical features or best of political endeavours enlarged to emphasis a political point, but lets face it, a sense of humour makes life much easier and enjoyable.
As for the tragic terrorist attacks of extreme so called "Islamic" fanatics, that resulted in them wreaking vengence on the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, I too am devastated by the attack upon intellect and free speech, that results from the death of individuals simply doing their job and in the process, making so many of us laugh and think. My heart goes out to their families, friends and colleagues, as well as the broader society, not just in Paris, but around the world.
The aim of this horrific attack in Paris on the Charlie Hebro headquarters was to silence intellect and promote fear. Thankfully, the 'Je Suis Charlie' vigils that were held to celebrate the lives of the Charlie Hebdo staff and free speech and press, demonstrated enormous international solidarity and determination and indicates we will not be intimidated into fear or silence and subjected to religously driven censorship .
Such violent and deplorable acts of dubious religoius devotion and hysterical efforts to assert power and intimidate the broader society, reflect poorly on their perpetrators, who clearly lack both intellect and sense of humour. They are acts of beasts who choose to inflict suffering and grief upon others. I almost pity them as I imagine how sad and limited their worlds must have been. I condemn their ideals and willingness to inflict pain and suffering on fellow humans, regardless of their spiritual beliefs, or the lack of them.
I too grieve for all the victims who have lost their lives over these last days or "terror" in Paris. I stand in solidarity with the millions of others around the world who celebrate freedom of the press and freedom of speech in our societies. I prey those whose Islamic faith is not tainted by ideals of narrow extremism and terror, be neither marginalised nor denigrated for continuing to pursue their religious practice and urge them to assert their place amongst all of us who value freedom of expression of ideas!
Liberty, equality, egality!
I see the one woman involved in these latest acts of terror in France as a piteous victim of "love" of both her boyfriend and "faith", as well as a reprehensible follower of male values and violence, certainly not Islam itself.
Meanwhile lets continue to hold satire and intellect dear to our hearts and value it as integral to a healthy society:
Je Suis Charlie!