Violent threats are the soup du jour for most Islamofacists. It seems to be the only way they know how to communicate their terrible ideas, such as that women should be wrapped up in sheets and if they refuse they should be buried in the ground and stoned. An Asian woman working in a pharmacy in England was threatened with death if she continued speaking out about the harassment she receives for not wearing a burka.
An Asian woman who works in a pharmacy in east London was told to dress more modestly and wear a veil or the shop would be boycotted.
When she went to the media to talk about the abuse she suffered, a man later entered the pharmacy and told her: ‘If you keep doing these things, we are going to kill you’.
It’s a public relations nightmare. For a religion which wants to dominate the world and convert the masses, they might want to consider that death threats might not be the best strategy. At my church, we bribe people with free coffee and pastries. Since Muslims have been living in the West for a considerable time now you would think they would have picked up on how easy it is to sell an idea, especially to Western women who are notoriously swayed by every new fad no matter how nuts. Western women will wear turkey feathers on their heads if that’s what Heidi Klum says is a must have for this season.
Clearly, Islamofascists need to start selling the burqa as sexy. The good news for them is the American feminist Left has already started doing that for them. Naomi Wolf thinks shrouded women living under suffocating rags is dead sexy.
When sexuality is kept private and directed in ways seen as sacred – and when one’s husband isn’t seeing his wife (or other women) half-naked all day long – one can feel great power and intensity when the headscarf or the chador comes off in the the home.
Excuse me? Since when do the “feminists” value private sexuality? Visit any one of their websites and you’ll be treated to PowerPoint demonstrations depicting the steps to take to reach your g-spot. Never in my life have I heard a faux-feminist come out on the side of propriety or self-restraint when it comes to sexuality. It seems they only value it when it concerns the sacred religion of Islam. Ask them how they feel about similarly modest Pentecostal women or Mormon women and watch their attitude change (and fangs come out.) Modest women of the Christian faith are simply repressed with no power or “intensity” in the home. Also choke-worthy is this tidbit from Wolf.
I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women’s appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression, but in a strong sense of public versus private, of what is due to God and what is due to one’s husband. It is not that Islam suppresses sexuality, but that it embodies a strongly developed sense of its appropriate channeling – toward marriage, the bonds that sustain family life, and the attachment that secures a home.
Is she kidding? Since when do feminists care about intact families and what is due one’s husband? That kind of talk will get your run right out of the National Organization For Women. On any given day on the Huffington Post you can find articles about why divorce is so much better for children than stable families! But perhaps the most galling is the common belief among feminists that most women choose the veil.
Indeed, many Muslim women I spoke with did not feel at all subjugated by the chador or the headscarf. On the contrary, they felt liberated from what they experienced as the intrusive, commodifying, basely sexualising Western gaze.
Even with stories surfacing about the persecution of formally free women in Western societies, the Left refuses to believe their favorite religion, Islam, is a dangerous beast. Feministing joins the chorus defending misogynistic theologies of death.
I am so tired of having to read the qualifier from mostly white Western feminists before any discussion of the veil ban that “the veil is sexist but…” In the context of global patriarchy doesn’t this qualifier belong in front of, like, everything? It seems to me we have a lot easier seeing -isms in a cultural context different from our own, and a lot harder time seeing agency. To veil or not to veil is a question to be navigated by Muslim women.
Except it isn’t a question being navigated by the women of Islam, but a directive being issued by the men against women by threat of violence or death. And yet, our American feminists support this ancient symbol of male superiority. These are the same women, by the way, who support the choice for a woman to embrace a patriarchal, misogynistic, female-stoning religion, but if a woman should come out in favor of saving unborn women, she’s against women. These are the same women who say there isn’t anything a woman can wear or do that encourages rape but will allow women who feel completely opposite to sit at their table simply because their belief is an Islamic one. A Muslim “feminist” blog waxes poetically about the “sexy hijab” and even more disturbing, encourages the view that uncovered women are looking for rape.
All uncovered women are immodest and “are asking for it.”
Imagine the outcry from the femisogynists if Pat Robertson had made that statement. What we have here is hysterical blindness in a group of women who claim to be for all women, but who are blatantly ignoring the violence against women in Islam. They want to take each instance on a case by case basis so they can determine whether or not the woman in question wanted to be abused and oppressed or not. Using that kind of logic they should also support the rights of women who want to stay with abusive husbands, but wisely, no one supports a decision so fraught with danger for the victim. Why is it they can’t see the similarity between the two?
The “feminist” position on Islamic oppression of women is completely unsupportable. Just because a woman wants to wear a visible sign of her oppression by men does not make it acceptable! And as we are seeing in London, the longer we continue to hem and haw on this issue because of our fear of insulting someone, the more the danger grows for women. Are we going to wait for women to actually be killed over the veil in the West before we speak out against the evil the veil represents?