Feminists and Islam: Unholy Partnership

Feminists Betray Muslim Women

A feminist professor has once again passed up an opportunity to stand up for the human rights of Muslims women. Recently Dr. Laura Briggs, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Head of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, welcomed new Ph.D. students to the department.

In the course of her address, Briggs, author of Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico, praised the work of other professors, including that of Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Mahmood, said Briggs, “confronted one of the legacies of a long history of orientalism and the recent wars in the Middle East: the way we are invited to see Muslim women as hopelessly, painfully oppressed, without their own autonomy, will, or individual rights.” So apparently the oppression of Muslim women has nothing to do with Islamic law or culture; it is merely a byproduct of “orientalism and the recent wars in the Middle East” – in other words, it is the West’s fault. “If we sometimes notice other Middle Eastern women—women’s rights activists, for example,” Briggs continued, “it is only to reinforce the notion that the great mass of Muslim women are terribly oppressed by the rise of conservative religiosity, by their husbands, by the ways they are compelled to dress.”

Briggs has good news: Mahmood spent two years – two years! – in Egypt and discovered that that oppression is just a mirage: “But after two years of fieldwork in the women’s mosque movement in Egypt, Mahmood asks us to consider a new question: what if community, as much as or more than the notions of individual rights, is a route to living meaningfully? Perhaps we ought to rethink the idea that women’s agency and personhood spring from resistance to subjection, and attend to the ways that in conservative religious communities, the cultivation of virtue and of closeness to God, of certain emotions and of forms of embodiment, are challenging but hardly one-dimensional ways of producing the self.”

Clearing away the pseudo-intellectual gobbledygook, Briggs is apparently saying that if women feel fulfilled in being subjugated as inferiors under Sharia law, then their good feelings outweigh their oppression and subjection. One wonders what Betty Friedan or Gloria Steinem might have said in the 1960s if this same argument-from-fulfillment had been posed to them regarding American women. But aside from being inconsistent with what has been the feminist view of women’s oppression for decades, Briggs’s words also represent a betrayal of the Muslim women whose suffering is objective, ongoing, and largely unnoticed.

Well, yeah. For one thing, feminists are uncivilized females, and those are always enamoured of violent criminals. They’re the kind of women who send love letters to serial killers in prison, and who date vicious cheating bullies. Feminists are creaming their panties waiting for the day that Mohammedans storm in, kill all the men and children, and gang-rape them. Why do you think they keep trying to shame Western men into not fighting those barbarians? Even “fight” in the sense of “don’t let them move en masse into our countries and rape our teenage daughters”?

More civilized women would rather have Western men with spines. That is, they would like a man who will stand up to them, but not beat or rape them. A man who will defend them and their children from animals like that. A man who will sometimes indulge them, with little gifts and kindnesses, without being a doormat, ever.

Uncivilized women, whether the poor feral teenage girls on welfare in the projects or the overeducated feminist, are too primitive to see any kind of kindness, decency, or self-restraint as anything other than weakness. The only kind of man they can recognize as a man is one who’s apt to kill someone.

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15 Responses to “Feminists and Islam: Unholy Partnership”

  1. Davout Says:

    Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused.

    Similarly, in the seventies, feminists used to interview alleged rape victims, and use the ‘actually raped’ from these as a percentage of the ‘allegedly raped’ as descriptive of the entire population. This meant that if feminists decided that 65% of rape victims were actually raped, this meant that 65% of all women were actually raped. Such a proposition becomes easier for feminists to believe if most sex is deemed rape, except for those situations in which the woman believes it is not. Similarly, the wife beating ratio is easier to believe if the the reader believes a priori that the wife is infallible and that the tiny sample that complains about wife beating represents the entirety of the population. Both assumptions are blatantly wrong.

    Spencer is engaging in the same destructive behaviour that men in far too many places do: they denigrate other men, using lies, in order to make themselves and their obsequious ilk look ‘holier than thou’ to women.

  2. Davout Says:

    Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused.

    Similarly, in the seventies, feminists used to interview alleged rape victims, and use the ‘actually raped’ from these as a percentage of the ‘allegedly raped’ as descriptive of the entire population. This meant that if feminists decided that 65% of rape victims were actually raped, this meant that 65% of all women were actually raped. Such a proposition becomes easier for feminists to believe if most sex is deemed rape, except for those situations in which the woman believes it is not. Similarly, the wife beating ratio is easier to believe if the the reader believes a priori that the wife is infallible and that the tiny sample that complains about wife beating represents the entirety of the population. Both assumptions are blatantly wrong.

    Spencer is engaging in the same destructive behaviour that men in far too many places do: they denigrate other men, using lies, in order to make themselves and their obsequious ilk look ‘holier than thou’ to women.

  3. Davout Says:

    Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused.

    Similarly, in the seventies, feminists used to interview alleged rape victims, and use the ‘actually raped’ from these as a percentage of the ‘allegedly raped’ as descriptive of the entire population. This meant that if feminists decided that 65% of rape victims were actually raped, this meant that 65% of all women were actually raped. Such a proposition becomes easier for feminists to believe if most sex is deemed rape, except for those situations in which the woman believes it is not. Similarly, the wife beating ratio is easier to believe if the the reader believes a priori that the wife is infallible and that the tiny sample that complains about wife beating represents the entirety of the population. Both assumptions are blatantly wrong.

    Spencer is engaging in the same destructive behaviour that men in far too many places do: they denigrate other men, using lies, in order to make themselves and their obsequious ilk look ‘holier than thou’ to women.

  4. The_Editrix Says:

    Spencer is as deep as a puddle, intellectually, anyway. Sorry to quote myself again, the more as it has nothing to do with the topic of this blog, but this and this are real eye-openers. Not to speak of his half-assed Islam-critique and the unshakeable belief in "peaceful" Islam versus "Islamism". So supporting the feminist agenda only fits the bill.

  5. The_Editrix Says:

    Spencer is as deep as a puddle, intellectually, anyway. Sorry to quote myself again, the more as it has nothing to do with the topic of this blog, but this and this are real eye-openers. Not to speak of his half-assed Islam-critique and the unshakeable belief in "peaceful" Islam versus "Islamism". So supporting the feminist agenda only fits the bill.

  6. The_Editrix Says:

    Spencer is as deep as a puddle, intellectually, anyway. Sorry to quote myself again, the more as it has nothing to do with the topic of this blog, but this and this are real eye-openers. Not to speak of his half-assed Islam-critique and the unshakeable belief in "peaceful" Islam versus "Islamism". So supporting the feminist agenda only fits the bill.

  7. The_Editrix Says:

    Some thoughts on politically correct inventions for the sake of women like "Münchhausen by proxy" or "Stockholm syndrome".

  8. The_Editrix Says:

    Some thoughts on politically correct inventions for the sake of women like "Münchhausen by proxy" or "Stockholm syndrome".

  9. The_Editrix Says:

    Some thoughts on politically correct inventions for the sake of women like "Münchhausen by proxy" or "Stockholm syndrome".

  10. The_Editrix Says:

    "Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused."

    Re-reading this more carefully (and my following statement isn't a retraction of anything I said about Robert Spencer's intellectual capacity or -honesty) I tend to believe that figure. It is a fallacy to equal Western men with those socialized in a Muslim culture. Marital violence is, different from our teachings, religious or otherwise, very much sanctioned by the Koran and the only doubtful thing is how this figure was achieved as most Muslim women won't speak out.

    Where feminism comes in is where the Muslim treatment of women becomes the focus around which any criticism of Islam revolves. Islam isn't bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of women, Islam is bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of humanity. Full stop.

  11. The_Editrix Says:

    "Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused."

    Re-reading this more carefully (and my following statement isn't a retraction of anything I said about Robert Spencer's intellectual capacity or -honesty) I tend to believe that figure. It is a fallacy to equal Western men with those socialized in a Muslim culture. Marital violence is, different from our teachings, religious or otherwise, very much sanctioned by the Koran and the only doubtful thing is how this figure was achieved as most Muslim women won't speak out.

    Where feminism comes in is where the Muslim treatment of women becomes the focus around which any criticism of Islam revolves. Islam isn't bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of women, Islam is bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of humanity. Full stop.

  12. The_Editrix Says:

    "Robert Spencer is very much a feminist himself. Spewing out lies is a feminist trademark and Spencer is only too happy to oblige. It is impossible to believe that 90% of muslim wives are beaten by their husbands. What is more believeable is that 90% of wives WHO CAME IN TO REPORT ABUSE were actually abused."

    Re-reading this more carefully (and my following statement isn't a retraction of anything I said about Robert Spencer's intellectual capacity or -honesty) I tend to believe that figure. It is a fallacy to equal Western men with those socialized in a Muslim culture. Marital violence is, different from our teachings, religious or otherwise, very much sanctioned by the Koran and the only doubtful thing is how this figure was achieved as most Muslim women won't speak out.

    Where feminism comes in is where the Muslim treatment of women becomes the focus around which any criticism of Islam revolves. Islam isn't bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of women, Islam is bad because it sanctions a mistreatment of humanity. Full stop.

  13. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Editrix,

    As it happened, I was just about to link your Stockholm Syndrome post. Thanks!

  14. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Editrix,

    As it happened, I was just about to link your Stockholm Syndrome post. Thanks!

  15. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Editrix,

    As it happened, I was just about to link your Stockholm Syndrome post. Thanks!

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