The despicable failure of feminism 9

Read all of the article by Robert Fulford in the National Post from which we quote this:

Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, an angry Khartoum journalist who works for the UN in Sudan, has started a campaign against shariah law by elevating a local police matter into an international embarrassment: She’s invited the world to witness her judicial flogging, thus making her case part of the struggle between religious traditionalists and independent women … 

In Khartoum, the General Discipline Police Authority patrols the streets, charged with maintaining shariah standards of public decency. Recently it raided a restaurant and arrested 13 women, including al-Hussein, for the crime of … wearing trousers.

Since 1991, that’s been a violation of the Sudanese criminal code. More precisely, it is classified as a violation of public morality. While erratically enforced, the rule is serious enough to carry a penalty of 40 lashes. Ten of the women arrested with al-Hussein pleaded guilty and received a reduced sentence of 10 lashes. But al-Hussein and two others demanded their day in court and al-Hussein decided to provoke a scandal by distributing 500 personal invitations to her trial. She expects to be found guilty (she won’t be allowed a lawyer or a chance to speak), so she informed her guests that they’ll also be expected at her flogging.

The French government has condemned the law, and in Cairo the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has launched a campaign to defend al-Hussein and the others. ANHRI also protested a suit brought by the police against another journalist, Amal Habbani, for an article praising al-Hussein ( “A Case of-Subduing a Woman’s Body”). The police claim that the mere act of defending female pants-wearing also violates General Discipline.

When stories such as al-Hussein’s flash around the world, there’s usually a missing element: The feminist movement rarely [never – JB] becomes part of the narrative. The rise of shariah law constitutes the major global change in women’s status during this era, yet Western feminists remain pathetically silent.

Feminist journalists like to speculate about the future of activism among women today, but you can leaf through a fat sheaf of their articles without encountering a mention of Muslim women. Feminist professors, for their part, show even less interest. Trolling through the 40-page program of the European Conference on Politics and Gender, held in Belfast last winter, I found feminist scholars (from Europe, the United States and Canada) dealing with women’s political opportunities, the implications for women of new medical technology, the politics of fashion and even women’s response to climate change. What I couldn’t find was even one lecture or discussion devoted to so-called “honour killing.” Nor was there any mention of the thousands upon thousands of women routinely flogged, raped, imprisoned or stoned to death, often with the tacit or explicit agreement of Islamic governments.

  • aeschines


    Sadly, yes, I do not think we can count on the support of too many educated women in our struggle against the oppression of Islam.

    I think for two reasons:
    1. The one I have enumerated in my previous post – that feminists are more concerned about the biggest offenders rather than the worst offenders. Besides, Western Civilization is a MUCH easier target – it doesn't fight back the way Islam does. More than that, western civilization is the most familiar offender – so it's easy to take potshots at it.

    2. Out of sight, out of mind. I think most feminist women in the United States would much rather get together over coffee to complain about how “pig-headed” their husbands (oh, the irony in that fact) are for leaving the toilet seat up than take a stand against the abuse of women in Islam or widespread sex-trafficking in the “leftist's paradise” that is Europe. After all, the women are the ones who have to put the toilet seat down. How uncomfortable!

  • roger in florida

    So the enemy is the white male, both in his personal persona and in his history. It is the entire history of the male dominated white race that is the problem, others don't count (for the moment). What you are saying, which I believe is correct, is absolutely terifying in it's implications, have we lost the support of educated white women in our struggle against islam? Would women prefer to live under the rule of sharia than support white men?

  • aeschines

    I gained some insight into this after studying a few years at the most liberal university in the Midwest – Colorado University at Boulder. I didn't learn anything about my major, but I sure did get a whole lot of knowledge about the “children” who will eventually run this country.

    While I can't figure out why the Left at large supports the Muslim world (this question still bothers me), I did come to understand the twisted logic of the feminist lack of interest in (or outright support of) Muslim nations.

    Essentially, the ethics or means of feminism triumph over the values of feminism.

    Putting pressure on another nation, whether because of masculine or feminine values, is wrong because it is a primarily “male chauvinist pig” way of doing things. Women create consensus, men dictate. Women have a spectrum of right and wrong, men have black and white.

    It's more wrong to assert oneself in a masculine way than it is to degrade women outright. Feminist women cannot accept a masculine way of doing things – no matter what the outcome – because doing so would lend validity to a masculine way – which to them is an even worse outcome than women being beaten or abused.

    It is just in this way that feminists must have a Women's Studies department. For them, it isn't enough that there are more women in academia. These are just women using the “mental processes of a man” to contribute to a “masculine” body of knowledge.

  • roger in florida

    In their silence the feminist movement is going along with all the left movement. This is puzzling unless the hatred of capitalism that is common to islam and socialism is strong enough to drown out any concerns about the other issues that are explained in this and many other articles. We know what islam is, we understand the ignorance, cruelty, bigotry, etc that is islam, and yet our leaders, and BHO is particularly sickening in this regard, continue to kowtow to islam and islamists.
    I am personally particularly disappointed in the modern feminist movement. Of the thousands of books that I have read, only two have been life changers, that is that after reading those two books my perception of the world around me, of history, of society and my attitudes,was changed utterly and irretrievably. One of those books was “The Female Eunuch” by Germaine Greer. How she and her contemporaries can ignore the treatment of women by islam is just beyond my understanding. To publicly riot about the discomfort of wearing a bra and then ignore the slavery, torture, murder that is islam and women is just bizarre.

    • C. Gee


      Germaine Greer has even recently defended the practice of female genital mutilation. I do not suppose she sees the victims as female eunuchs.

      • roger in florida

        C. Gee:
        She was magnificent once, now she is just pathetic. Greer has joined the establishment and has adopted the groupthink position. Sad, very sad.

  • r in f –

    Welcome back!

    To reply to your comment here:

    Irony, rather. Kelly is imitating, with slight exaggeration, the sort of answer that feminists give (if they bother to give any at all) when they are accused as the post accuses them.

  • But if we were to decry the flogging of a woman who wears pants in a Muslim country, that would be intolerant, imperialist American hegemony. And hegemony must be avoided at all costs, even when it means we sit by idly and watch women get flogged for wearing pants. Hard as it might be for our capitalism-addled brains to comprehend, women in Muslim countries actually enjoy being flogged. And just trying taking their burqas away or refusing them an acid facial.

    • roger in florida

      Is that an attempt at humour?