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What Every Good Cultural Relativist Knows About the Gang Assault on Lara Logan UPDATED

Posted on February 21 2011 11:47 am
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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On the same day, also in the New York Times, another journalist, Sabrina Tavernise, tells us that she was never raped in (Muslim) Lebanon, (Muslim) Gaza, (Muslim) Pakistan, (Muslim) Turkey, and (Christian and Muslim) Russia. She had some tricky moments in (Muslim) Iraq but guess what? Tavernise insists that: “In my experience, Muslim countries were not the worst places for sexual harassment. My closest calls came in Georgia with soldiers from Russia.” Gori presented the greatest danger for her.

Is it possible that Tavernise has absolutely no idea that Arab Muslims invaded Gori, Georgia in 645AD and were firmly established there by 735AD? True, the Muslim population of Gori is now about 10% of all people. But, is Tavernise  also unaware that the Russian government has been supplying Tehran with weapons and has both been attacking their own “homegrown” Muslim Chechen terrorists and, at the same time, using them in the Middle East against both America and Israel through their proxy, Hezbollah? I have no idea who exactly menaced Tavernise but she might have considered adding a little political and religious context to her piece.

On February 20, 2011, journalist Angella Johnson of at the Daily Mail revealed that she, too, had been groped, leered at, fondled, man-handled as she covered Tahrir Square. Johnson is not white, nor is she a blonde. But she is a naked-faced foreign journalist, not a doormat, and obviously an infidel as well. Provocation enough. A message is being sent: Leave Muslim territory. If you don’t, we will rape your women, sodomize your men, beat you, and murder you to boot.

In America, women do get raped and gang-raped. I delivered the first keynote speech on the subject of rape at the first-ever feminist conference on rape in 1971 in New York City. I have been studying and lecturing on this subject for 40 years. Intimate partner rape is far more common than stranger rape. Rapists “practice” on their own women first—then strike out at women who belong to other races, religions, classes. There is black-on-black rape, white-on-white rape, black on white rape, and white on black rape. The rapists are all men.

No, not all men are rapists nor are all Muslims terrorists; however, all rapists are men, and most terrorists today are Muslims. We must draw some conclusions here.

In America, rape victims are not chosen because they are “infidels,” nor are they forcibly converted to their rapists’ religion. That only happens in Muslim countries. When one says this, one is immediately accused of “racism” and of inflaming “Islamophobic” sentiment.

I suggest that Marcotte, Nomani, Barker, and Tavernise all read what Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote in the Wall Street Journal on February 18, 2011 about the Muslim Brotherhood. She begins with the credo of the Muslim Brotherhood. “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our way; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” She concludes that “the most remarkable thing of all is the way the Brotherhood’s motto seduces Western liberals.”

While my heart is with the powerless, unorganized secular human rights activists in Tahrir Square and with their counterparts, especially in Iran, my fear is that the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.  will simply capitalize on the chaos and gladly use the vote to get elected.

Remember: Hitler was freely elected by the German people as was Hamas in Gaza.

UPDATE: According to today’s Daily Mail, (February 21, 2011), Logan was also whipped and beaten with flag poles and repeatedly bitten in “sensitive” places on her body. She required five days in an American hospital. Of course, the psychological trauma is more serious than the physical injuries. It always is in cases of simple rape. Public gang-rape by hundreds of men who are beating and whipping you as they curse you both as a “Jew” and as an “Israeli”–and when you believe that you are about to die, goes far beyond the usual complex psychological trauma.

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