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DEFENDING THE WEST
Lone feminist calls out Islamic misogyny
Exclusive: Pamela Geller defends author after tweets about sexual abuse in Egypt
The Wall Street Journal
reported Saturday that Joyce Carol Oates set off a firestorm on Twitter
Friday “with a pair of tweets about sexual violence in Egypt.” One
asked: “Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed &
rape is epidemic–Egypt–natural to inquire: what’s the predominant
religion?” Even for a revered leftist icon like Joyce Carol Oates, the
resulting uproar was swift and predictable.
Umair Haque of the Harvard Business Review fumed: “Don’t miss
@JoyceCarolOates coming out publicly as a serious bigot. Check out her
tweets today, they’re awesomely gross!” Salon’s Prachi Gupta
smeared Oates as “Islamophobic.” Feminists and Islamic supremacists
alike lined up to condemn Oates as a
Welcome to my world, Joyce. Wait until she broaches subjects such as
honor killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child
marriage, etc. Wait until she dares to subject that Islam has something
to do with those, too, as it obviously does. Something tells me she
enjoys the blacklist.
The sharp, piercing shrieks against the truth speak volumes and expose the left for the monsters they are.
And they give a hint as to why Western feminists are so often not
only silent, but in many cases even justify the Islamic oppression of
women. Women in Muslim countries face institutionalized discrimination
and denial of their basic rights on a daily basis as a result of Islamic
law – and Western feminists generally remain silent about this
systematic and violent oppression of women in Islam.
What are they being silent about? The fact that there are over 70
million battered women in Pakistan, according to government statistics.
70 million. Over 90 percent of Pakistani women have been beaten by their
husbands. And even though we constantly hear that honor killing has
nothing to do with Islam, Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings
worldwide, Muslim clerics justify such killings, and many Muslim
countries give lighter penalties for honor killings than for other
murders. Many victims of honor killing are themselves victims of rape,
thereby bringing dishonor on their families.
Then there’s child marriage: Well over 50 percent of Afghan girls
under age 16 are married, because Muhammad married Aisha when she was 6
and consummated the marriage when she was 9. In Iran a man can legally
marry a 9-year-old girl – again, because of Muhammad’s example. Over 90
percent of Pakistani wives have been struck, beaten, or abused sexually –
for offenses like cooking an unsatisfactory meal, or for failing to
give birth to a male child.
All this oppression is a direct consequence of Islamic law – Shariah.
This is the same comprehensive program for society that Islamic
terrorists, acting in the name of the Islamic doctrine of jihad, are
seeking to impose upon the world. They want a world in which women are
covered from head to toe in unhealthy, unattractive coverings that
symbolize their subjugation and secondary status. They seek a world
where women are subject to all kinds of brutalization, diminishment and
harassment – and even wanton murder – and can do nothing in their own
defense, or even to claim their essential dignity as human beings.
Yet Joyce Carol Oates is the exception. Feminists routinely excuse,
ignore and deny the systematic and institutionalized Islamic oppression
of women. Their silence is all the more remarkable and self-indicting
when they devote their time to protesting matters that are far less
life-threatening, spending large amounts of time objecting to the use of
male pronouns as generic as oppressive to women, and insisting that
words such as “spokesman” be changed to “spokesperson.”
Is that really more important than honor killing and genital mutilation?
But where they are silent, I will not be. To say that feminism was
one of the worst things to happen to women is being easy. Their ignoring
of the plight of Muslim women and now the ganging-up on Joyce Carol
Oates show just how bad it really has been. At the same time as
feminists have hastened our societal decay and the destruction of
respect for women, they’re also aiding and abetting the most oppressive,
anti-woman force in the world today: Islamic law.
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