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“Tura Thursday” is a regular series celebrating the legacy of the late, great Tura Satana, best known as Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. This series is curated by Tura’s longtime manager, friend, confidant and CEO of Tura Satana Productions, Siouxzan Perry.

“Their hormones went to their heads, which were in their pants.”

Tura would have had more than a few words to say about the #METOO movement. Starting from the very early age of nine, when she was brutally gang raped. Of course, this incomprehensible incident affected her whole life and, as her fans will know, her acting career. At the time of her rape, her family had recently been released from the Manzanar internment camp (her father was Japanese, her mother Caucasian) and relocated to Chicago. The judge was bribed, her rapists were acquitted and she was sent to reform school for “tempting” them. In the past days, the sexist, racist, mysogenistic attitude towards women who as victims of whatever age are treated like aggressors, has raised its ugly head once again with the case of Harvey Weinstein. The abusive use of his powerful position is the tip of an ancient iceberg.

Here are a few paragraphs from Tura’s autobiography which will not only anger you but also make you feel empowered, inspired and, most of all, in true Tura style, not alone.

“During the trial, I learned that one first one was from a fairly wealthy family and they paid the judge $1000.00 for my virginity. I was sent to reform school, because I tempted those five young men into doing what they did. I was the one at fault and I was the one who was punished. My father and mother were outraged, but there was nothing that they could do about it. Since all of our money was taken during the war and the property that my father owned was lost or confiscated by the government, we had no money to fight back. Besides, we were the losing side; we were less than the blacks that lived in our neighborhood. These are some of the twists of life during the times after the war. I don’t think that I will ever truly forget that episode, but I have learned to live with it and to put it behind me.”

“If I had let this incident eat at me, I probably would have been the world’s number one man hater, but I learned that it is not the fault of all men. What happened to me was a result of prejudice, avariceness, and lust. They just wanted to make me pay for what a nation did, even though I had no say in the matter one way or another. Their hormones went to their heads,which were in their pants.“

“The fact that everyone blames you for being raped, and not the rapists. How screwed up is that for life? Don’t get me started on that though, I would probably rant and rave for days regarding this injustices of that type of thinking. Instead of support the rape victim is chastised. Living standards regarding this really suck! “

“If I could help every woman that this has ever happened to, I would? They have to know that there is a life after rape and that as long as you don’t let it get you down, you can overcome it. It is in your spirit to conquer this degradation. I learned how and I know that they can too. I learned that I could love again and be loved in return. No matter what life throws at you, you can get the better of it as long as YOU WANT TO.”

“I should probably tell you all how I finally got even with those guys, or should I? If I do, you will believe that I am the bitch of the world, but it had to be done. They got away with tearing my life to shreds for a long time. After I finally got even with them, it was like a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”

If you would like to read how Tura dealt with the “Weinsteins” of this world, go to the first part of her revenge and follow the blog through to the last…you won’t be disappointed…

#TuraThursday: Tura Satana would have had more than a few words to say about the #METOO movement. Starting from the very early age of nine, when she was brutally gang raped. Of course, this incomprehensible incident affected her whole life and, as her fans will know, her acting career. At the time of her rape, her family had recently been released from the Manzanar internment camp (her father was Japanese, her mother Caucasian) and relocated to Chicago. The judge was bribed, her rapists were acquitted and she was sent to reform school for “tempting” them. In the past days, the sexist, racist, mysogenistic attitude towards women who as victims of whatever age are treated like aggressors, has raised its ugly head once again with the case of Harvey Weinstein. The abusive use of his powerful position is the tip of an ancient iceberg. #TuraSatana @tura_satana_productions

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