Kendall Domenech @kennyd ?active 2 years, 6 months ago
Islam is a religion, not a race. There are people of all races who practice islam from Asians, eastern europeans, to africans, etc., so its intellectually dishonest to conflate the two. Referring to cultural or religious differences as racist has been used to stiffle decent of ones objection to anothers cultural and political values or religious beliefs. The truth is clear that Misogyny is prevelent throughout the world, but their are varying degrees. To deny the difference in degree is again another form of intellectual dishonesty.
Most theocracies are generally rife with misogyny and many cultures where islam is prevelent are governed by Islamic theocracies. In these places the degree of misogyny is usually more severe and women’s roles and freedoms are more restricted. That’s a fact and their is nothing racist or imperialistic about stating that truth.
I agree with Mona 100%. The burqa is designed to make women invisable. It is also a justification for rape. The whole notion that women have to cover themselves to the point of suffering from viteman D deficiancies so men won’t sexually harrass them perpetuates male sexual privilage. Because men aren’t held responsible for their sexual earges women are forced to be made invisible.
To me the Burqa represents female oppression. I find it offensive just as much as burning crosses, or nazi symbols. Should we next condone killing gay people because their lifestyle offends Islam? Of course not! So why would we condone the oppression of women in the name of religous freedom or cultural diversity.
I don’t buy the cultural relevancy argument either, when little girls arebeing married off at as young as 9 yrs old, a woman’s testimoney is worth less than a mans, men are instructed to beat their wifes in the quran, women have no rights to divorce and all the other inequities encoded in sharia law.
As long as we allow our objections to misogyny to be reframed as racist, women will never realize equality.