The American feminists’ silence on the subjection of Islamic women

Christina Hoff Sommers writes about The Subjection of Islamic Women And the fecklessness of American feminism,

The condition of Muslim women may be the most pressing women’s issue of our age, but for many contemporary American feminists it is not a high priority. Why not?

The reasons are rooted in the worldview of the women who shape the concerns and activities of contemporary American feminism. That worldview is–by tendency and sometimes emphatically–antagonistic toward the United States, agnostic about marriage and family, hostile to traditional religion, and wary of femininity. The contrast with Islamic feminism could hardly be greater.

Sommers explains,

One reason is that many feminists are tied up in knots by multiculturalism and find it very hard to pass judgment on non-Western cultures. They are far more comfortable finding fault with American society for minor inequities (the exclusion of women from the Augusta National Golf Club, the “underrepresentation” of women on faculties of engineering) than criticizing heinous practices beyond our shores. The occasional feminist scholar who takes the women’s movement to task for neglecting the plight of foreigners is ignored or ruled out of order.

Sommers mentions Katha Pollitt, who

casually places “limiting young people’s access to accurate information about sex” and opposing abortion on the same plane as throwing acid in women’s faces and stoning them to death. Her hostility to the United States renders her incapable of distinguishing between private American groups that stigmatize gays and foreign governments that hang them. She has embraced a feminist philosophy that collapses moral categories in ways that defy logic, common sense, and basic decency.

I can’t say that I would expect decency from the American feminists. After all, these are the women which, as I have said before, equate women with their gonads and see nothing wrong with a lesbian statutory rape, which is even presented as a “salvation”.

Phyllis Chesler has written eloquently about the feminist establishment’s unwillingness to take on Islamic sexism,

She faults it for “embracing an anti-Americanism that is toxic, heartless, mindless and suicidal.”

In the irony-poor mindset of the feminist establishment, there is no notion that believing that our culture is ruinous for women, while failing to see the horrors routinely perpetrated against women in Arab countries and in other parts of the world, shows their argument in all its emptiness.

Unfortunately, it is suicidal not only for the feminist establishment, it is lethal to women all around the world.

Update
Via Dreams Into Lightning, Is Phyllis Chesler right?

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2 Responses to “The American feminists’ silence on the subjection of Islamic women”

  1. Radiant Times Says:

    Fausta, I could not agree with you more. The willful ignorance of, particularly, the American Feminist Community about the issue of the oppression of Muslim women is disgraceful.

    Thank you for posting excerpts of Sommers’ article. The issue of multiculturalism has stymied many groups who really wish to help others and bring about “equity.”

    The problem comes when they try to believe that all cultures are equally good and that all cultural practices are of equal merit. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The treatment of Muslim women is evidence of this. There is ample evidence that misogyny is party of the fabric of their culture. How shocking that multiculturalists and feminists turn away from such abberations as wife beating, forced veiling and genital mutilation to embrace the Islamic culture as an equal member in the family of diversity. I must add the brainwashing of children in what is called “Palestine” to embrace hatred and death of Jews and “unbelievers.” It makes me grieve.

  2. Helen Says:

    Sadly, Fausta, it is not just American feminists who ignore the travails of Muslim women. Things are not much better among British or European so-called feminists.