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October 22, 2006

Islamo-feminists ... more radical than Western feminists

You agree don't you? Well, Yvonne at WaPo sez so, so it must be true!

I was a Western feminist for many years, but I've discovered that Muslim feminists are more radical than their secular counterparts. We hate those ghastly beauty pageants, and tried to stop laughing in 2003 when judges of the Miss Earth competition hailed the emergence of a bikini-clad Miss Afghanistan, Vida Samadzai, as a giant leap for women's liberation. They even gave Samadzai a special award for "representing the victory of women's rights."

Some young Muslim feminists consider the hijab and the nikab political symbols, too, a way of rejecting Western excesses such as binge drinking, casual sex and drug use. What is more liberating: being judged on the length of your skirt and the size of your surgically enhanced breasts, or being judged on your character and intelligence? In Islam, superiority is achieved through piety -- not beauty, wealth, power, position or sex.

Well, Ms. Yvonne, please list the Islamist countries where these Islamo-feminist women exist. Iran? Where they dangle sixteen year old girls by the neck for the crime of being a rape victim? Where "moral police" can accost and beat girls and women on the streets for showing a lock of hair or wearing fingernail polish?

Sweetheart, that's your Sharia. Islamic law uncontaminated by evil Western rule of law. Own it. Own it all. Including your "laughing" in derision about Vida Samadzai while remaining silent about the death threats she has received from your "feminist" co-religionists.

I will own the warts of excessiveness of Western Civilization because the cost/benefit sheet comes down positively in the benefit column, regardless of the silliness of Paris Hilton.

I notice you live in England, not Iran, and enjoy the freedoms of Western society while embracing a religion that tolerates a radical element that would erase your rights as a human being if it were successful in its stated goal of world dominance.

You are moslem. Whoopee. I expect you to sift through your holy book for those wonderful, inspiring passages. But don't expect to convince the rest of us how wonderfully feminist it is when not one, one Islamic theocracy treats women as equals.

Your column is full of sneering half-truths while hypocritically condemning Westerners who quote the Koran "out of ignorance." You cite Western criminal statistics on domestic violence as "proof" that Western men oppress women. However, those stats actually prove that Western Civilization has criminalized domestic violence and prosecute. Unlike Islamic theocracies that encourage and support male on female violence.

You frame the veil controversy as a half-baked male excuse to get women to expose themselves. However, as I posted on PW more than two weeks ago ... In Western culture we have a saying about someone who has committed something so humilating and shameful —that they “should never show their face in public again.”

The veil enforces female humiliation. Females as shameful creatures. Females as less than ...

It doesn’t matter if a female “volunteers” to wear the veil or not. That she is a party to her own public humiliation doesn’t make that humiliation moot.

The veil is anti-female and no one should be allowed to say otherwise unchallenged.

Now you tell me who is civilized and who is not.
It is you who is "not", Yvonne. It is you.

(h/t Dan Collins at PW)

UPDATE more from
The Anchoress posting at Captains Quarters
Beth with interesting background on Ms. Yvonne, Islamo-feminist.

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Posted by Darleen at October 22, 2006 02:48 PM



We get this from a culture that allows rape of woman as punishment for something her brother did?

Well said Darleen.

Posted by: LindaSoG at October 22, 2006 03:52 PM

I got nothing to say but this:


Posted by: jpe at October 22, 2006 03:54 PM

Hooah! well said - bravo.

Posted by: Greta at October 23, 2006 05:11 AM

Well spoken, but I fear that the West is finished and that my granddaughters (maybe born in about 30 years or so) will be wearing burkas.

Posted by: Room 237 at October 31, 2006 03:08 PM