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In April 2007, a group of men pulled seventeen-year-old
Duía Khalil Aswad into a mob. They proceeded to stone and
beat her to death, a supposed "honor" killing for allegedly
falling in love with a man of a different faith. Several
camera phones recorded the entire incident from the front
row, and videos later surfaced online. One month later,
popular filmmaker Joss Whedon expressed his despair and
outrage at the misogyny in all cultures on a fan-run
blog. "Because itís no longer enough to be a decent
person," he wrote. "Itís no longer enough to shake our
heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True
enlightened activism is the only thing that can save
humanity from itself. Iíve always had a bent towards
apocalyptic fiction, and Iím beginning to understand why. I
look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing
but red." The arts anthology Nothing But Red was conceived
as a way to raise both awareness of the issues he spoke of,
as well as money for the charity Equality Now.
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