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.

Via Dreams Into Lightning, Is Phyllis Chesler right?



Next stop, Caracas

After veiling herself with an Hermes scarf (which I immediately recognized), Nancy’s probably selecting some nice red shirts and berets: she’s going to visit Hugo, the self-declared Communist in charge of Venezuela.

American Spectator says that Nancy would not meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe,

“She has third parties who have encouraged her not to take the meeting,”

including Apparently their excuse is human rights.

To make matters worse,

Nancy Pelosi is not only having her staff make plans for a trip to Venezuela to meet there with dictator Hugo Chavez, she has also asked staff to apply for a visa to travel to Tehran.

Yes, Tehran, that paragon of human rights.

But then, we all know how fond Hugo is of his little friend:

I’m sure Nancy wants to keep them both happy.

Here’s some fashion advice with a bilingual, multi-culti slant, Nancy: When in Tehran, tapate las lolas.

Update A scream in broad daylight

Update, Wednesday 2 May: The Red Hat Society
President Uribe’s Popularity Soars After Snub By Gore



Killed by stoning

Yet another instance of the conditions women live under in the Middle East:

Have You Ever Seen A Woman Stoned To Death? Publius Pundit has the video.

Gateway Pundit has the story,

On or around April 7, 2007… Du’a Khalil Aswad, a 17 year old Kurdish girl was murdered by public stoning after running away from home for a so-called honour crime. Du’a was a member of Iraq’s Yezidi religious minority from the village of Bahzan in northern Iraq. She was killed by a group of men and in the presence of a large noisy crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives may have participated in her stoning.

Amnesty International reported that Du’a Khalil Aswad’s murder is said to have been committed by relatives and other Yezidi men because she had engaged in a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy and had been absent from her home for one night. Some reports suggested that she had converted to Islam, but others deny this. Initially, she was reportedly given shelter in the house of a Yezidi tribal leader in Bashika, but her killers stormed the house, took her outside and stoned her to death. Her death by stoning, lasted for some 30 minutes.

Today in Erbil… Capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq, women and men came together to protest the murder of Du’a Khalil Aswad. The demonstration was organised by 90 NGOs and attracted protestors from across the whole Kurdish region.

Gateway Pundit has a post on the protests following this horrible crime.

According to Wikipedia, the Yezidi are not Muslim, and they are ethnic Kurds. The crowd did yell Allah Akbar.

In Yazidism, there’s the underlying misogyny:

One of the key creationism beliefs of Yazidism is that all Yazidis are descendants of Adam rather than Eve

May that poor girl’s soul rest in peace.


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Two ACLU Leaders Causing Harm in Virginia

Read Michael Fumento’s latest article, The Fighting Killions, about an extraordinary military family.

In Honor of International Women’s Day: Phyllis Chesler Unedited, also posted at Kesher Talk.

Read about the Secular Islam Summit, held in St Petersburg, FL this week.

ACLU’s Charles Rust-Tierney: Case Simply Bizarre

One for the “no sh*t, Sherlock” file: Cubans land during US coast drill


Gang rapes as revenge

I first read about this in Pamela’s blog yesterday,

A gang of serial rapists has been prowling the North, raping Jewish women as revenge for IDF actions in the West Bank, police revealed Tuesday after arresting six suspects.

“We are raping Jews because of what the IDF is doing to the Palestinians in the territories,” one of the six suspects told investigators from the Northern District Central Investigative Unit (CIU) during questioning. During their questioning and their brief appearance at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court Tuesday, none of the four main suspects indicated that they felt remorse for their actions.

This is the latest in a long tradition where clerics call for chastity belts, because women are uncovered meat. We’re looking at a culture where

Rape is learned behavior in the home. Peter is absolutely correct in describing the insidious sexual dichotomy of Muslim male supremacy over the lowly denigrated female. Pierre underscored the degree to which a family will defend its own rapist because of alleged “honor.” Why should it surprise us that they have moved out into the streets and feel entitled to rape?

At the ideological level which Gudrun has so aptly introduced into this discussion, we encounter the classic practice of taqiya, lit. ‘guarding one’s self’ more commonly thought of dissimulation and its insidious behavior of orchestrating jihad by every possible means in a clandestine manner. Rape is just one more weapon in the jihadi arsenal for Dar el-dawaa and Dar ash-shahada.

This morning Sigmund, Carl and Alfred looks at the reaction from the Left. What reaction there is.

SC&A does bring up a crucial point,

Terror and hate- and the defense of terror and hate- are driven by an ideology of evil, period.

Freedom and democracy are antithetical to hate and terrorism because freedom usurps the power of the terrorist. With out the power to instill fear and punishment, the terrorist is nothing.

In the Middle East, the icons of freedom are the US and Israel. Freedom of all kinds, success and ever growing potential are what the terrorist must destroy. Prosperity is the fifth column the terrorists fear most. They cannot abide by a culture that is prosperous, because that culture seeks growth and progress. The terrorists cannot abide economic and educational progress because those things weaken their grip.

In the meantime, it’s time to teach women to protect themselves with firearms, because that’s what things have come to.

Cross-posted at MNM