Ok I will be a bit long here.
On 23/09/2011 01:07, Emily Monroe wrote:
Personally, I really don't understand why people
get upset about
Islamic women /choosing/ to wear hijabs, or niqabs, under the pretense
of feminism. Part of what feminism fights for is the right to choose.
This is the unintended consequence.
I get the practical arguments (ie, "I don't know who this person is"
etc.) is, though, and I think any girl or women who has their wardrobe
dictated by another person is being abused, unless there's a
non-abusive reason behind it; I doubt that anyone wearing a work or
school uniform would qualify as being abused.
That is probably because you still consider the niqab as a piece of
garment only. But the niqab doesn't come alone, it comes in a set, with
Islamic law included. And that law necessarily includes the submission
of women to men.
It is very important to understand that Islam is not exactly a personal
choice faith, in the sense that you would consider tolerance between
different churches of Protestantism on the American territory. Islam
doesn't do tolerance, in the sense that we understand it. In Islam you
cannot leave, it is death penalty if you chose another religion.
It is not either to be considered with a benevolent multicultural mind,
like you would tolerate the differences of Buddhist immigrants. A
law-abiding good-citizen attitude is recommended to Muslims only if they
are a minority in a Western country. If they become a majority, then
they must take power, and impose Islamic law. This entails dividing the
population into three categories ; Muslims who have full dignity,
Christians and Jews who are sub-citizens subjected to occasional abuse,
non believers or heathens who have no rights. This also necessarily
includes a loss of civic rights for all women.
During the twentieth century there were positive signs from the Muslim
world. They were due to :
- local customs atoning Islamic law
- The modernist mentalities of post-colonization Nation-States
However this is disappearing now, due to :
- New globalized generations who conceive Islam not as local custom but
as globally opposed to the Western world
- The systematic destruction of the modern Muslim Nation-States by NATO
Only in the mainstream media you hear that Bin Laden was captured
because it suddenly became possible, and Lybian democratic forces
suddenly rebelled against dictator Khadafi. In fact Bin Laden's capture
was a public relations operation, which helped conceal the fact that
Nato has been promoting Al-Qaida to fight in Lybia. This in turn helps
establishing business interests in NATO-controlled Muslim countries,
with Western capital controlling the big business, the local population
subjected to religious obscurantism and not participating to the
democratic defense of their rights, and in between a zealots mafia..
In Islam women do have rights, yes, like your teenage daughter has
rights. Not like an adult professional woman has rights and can call her
lawyer. In Islam if you have no husband and no father, then you are
subjected to the authority of your younger brother, who can decide of
your life for you, and occasionally beat you up if you don't obey. In
Islam you cannot divorce if you wish, only if the Muslim judge thinks
that your husband did something wrong according to Islamic law. In Islam
you cannot be raped by your husband, he is your husband it's the word of
God that he can do what he wants with you. In Islam if you complain that
you were raped by strangers, you have to prove first that you were not
sexually provocative. In Islam if you are found with a person of the
same sex, the community can stone you to death as they wish.
The reason why I write all that is that I have talked with feminists
from Muslim countries, so I try to convey their message.
The first thing is that they really would like to get rid of Islam. Not
being mildly respected as a member of the Muslim community, but really
get rid of Islam, and being actively protected from it. They want to
have a life, they cannot even subscribe an insurance policy, buy a car,
go visit friends without the agreement of male relatives.
Then there is the sociological problem, that Islam doesn't tolerate a
sexually neutral civic life. It might not be obvious in North America
because you are so used to it, but in order to have a professional life
women need to work in an environment where there are male colleagues and
clients, and therefore need laws against sexual harassment, for the
simple common sense reason that when you work you work, you don't date.
Islam doesn't do that, in Islam a woman is either owned by the males of
her family or her husband, and if she she walks free from male authority
then she is sexually available. The male in turn is considered as
immediately sexually eager and willing to rape as soon as he sees a
female in the absence of a relative from her family.
In that sense a male teacher alone with a girl is not decent, because it
is considered that the teacher will attempt to seduce her anytime, and
the girl will compulsorily feel a burning desire as well. I know, I help
the 10 years daughter of my Muslim neighbors every week with her
schoolwork, because the parents cannot read the language. And yet I
cannot be left alone with her, the father or the brother have to be
present in the same room.
Walking in public spaces is tolerated if the girls are in groups only,
so there cannot be a moment alone with a man. For example a female
client talking to a male shopkeeper about a shop's product is a moment
of burning raging obscenity. Islam doesn't do free neutral space for
allowing women to develop civic activities. Let alone professional
"Tolerant" Islam is gradually decreasing, and it is more and more the
radicals we will have to deal with. In dealing with women's rights we
will have to surrender to or to break Islam. Because once more, Islam is
not only a faith, it's a law, alw as in You Don't Choose.
Last, let me quote you a short "dialogue" I recently witnessed on
Facebook. There was a girl from Algeria saying "Wow the weather is still
much too hot in this month of September. Then a male Algerian replied
"You don"t chose the weather, God choses the weather". That is the kind
of cultural life most educated girls in Muslim countries would like to
get rid of.