“So, what actually subjugates Muslim women? It’s not Islam or hijab, but instead racism and Islamophobia.” So says Dalia Mogahed.
Dalia Mogahed ought to be ashamed of herself. And every Muslim woman in the world should stand up and denounce her.
And what is USA Today doing? They should stop shilling for this grotesque propaganda and open their pages up to the defenders of freedom and real scholars of Islam.
The sharia, which mandates that women cover their hair, is the only brutal, murdering ideology that gets such overt support. What other ideology that oppresses, persecutes, and subjugates gets such sanction? Whereas the crime is not condemned, just those pointing out the crime. Kill the messenger. Literally.
American Muslim women don’t need saving from Islam? Really? There are Muslim girls in the West and in the world who don’t want to wear hijab, and they are beaten, tortured and killed. Rifqa Bary, Amina Said, Sarah Said, Jessica Mokdad, Noor Almaleki, Aqsa Parvez can tell you about that — except with the exception of Rifqa Bary, those girls were honor murdered for their desire to live free.
That’s the real story here: USA Today should be writing about the oppression of women in Islam. But the oppression of women in Islam means absolutely nothing to the enemedia. Their job one is to protect Islam at all costs.
“American Muslim women don’t need you to save them from Islam. They need your respect,” by Dalia Mogahed, USA Today, August 10, 2018:
…As an American woman who is visibly Muslim, I can personally attest to the wide prevalence of this perception, especially on the part of other women. Even among many liberals, the unquestioned assumption seems to be that I am deserving of their pity before their respect. A well-meaning woman approached me recently in a public bathroom to inform me that I was now “in America” (what?) and that I didn’t have to wear that thing on my head here.
A more creative microaggression came from a white woman sitting next to me at a coffee shop. Seemingly out of nowhere, she declared to an adolescent girl, who I presumed was her daughter, that she would never be subjugated to any religion that tells women they are inferior and have to wear the veil. The girl looked mortified. I hope the girl will also never be subjugated to being totally embarrassed in a public place again so her mom can feel superior to a Muslim woman she knows nothing about.
Had she taken the time to ask, rather assume to know me, she might have come to learn that I head research at a D.C. think tank, I’m an engineer by training, I went to a business school (where I was one of 20 women in a class of 150) and that I was appointed as an adviser to an American president. Also, I find great meaning and joy in my faith and choose to practice hijab as an act of religious devotion — plus, I find it empowering.
My choices may not be her choices, which doesn’t threaten me at all. If she really cares about freedom for women, listening rather than demeaning women who don’t look like her would be a great start to real progress.
Now I don’t mean to imply that Muslim women don’t face any gender-based challenges. Roughly half of Muslim American women say they’ve also experienced gender discrimination in the past year. But that’s no different from Christian, Jewish and non-affiliated American women. Where Muslim Americans are unique is that three-quarters say they have experienced racial discrimination in the past year, and 69 percent report encountering religious discrimination during that time, as well.
So, what actually subjugates Muslim women? It’s not Islam or hijab, but instead racism and Islamophobia — assaults justified in part by a supposed desire to save them. Frustratingly, our study found that liberals, who tend to be overall friendlier to marginalized groups, are nearly as guilty of this type of patronizing prejudice as others.
Muslim women in America don’t need saving
I am here to say that we are not in need of “saving.” According to a study by The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, for which I direct research, Muslim American women are among the most educated faith group in the country, and outpace their male counterparts in higher education. The majority polled also see Islam as a source of pride and happiness. The more than 40 percent of American women of the Islamic faith who say they wear hijab tell researchers they do so either as an act of piety (54 percent), to be identified as a Muslim (21 percent) or for modesty (12 percent). Only 1 percent said they wear hijab because a family member requires it.
Rather than pity, Muslim American women need respect even when their choices don’t conform to the dominant culture’s idea of what liberation is supposed to look like….
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