"You see a lot, Doctor.
But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself?
What about it?
Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see?
Or maybe you're afraid to."
I mean, there is so much attention being given to so many men and their relationship with women these days - including the existence of the "patriarchy" and systemic misogyny in the Western hemisphere, oftentimes echoing to the old complaint that "all men are rapists". Some people seem to have no problem slandering or libeling an entire gender when they believe it fits. Yet what of the predicament of their fellow women under Islam?
Here are a couple of egregious examples from only the last few days of the most vile abuse of women for simply being women. Ponder with me the silence of the feminists on these matters:~
Bruce Thornton mentions the Egyptian actress Amal Fathy.
She has just been sentenced to two years in prison for posting a Facebook video documenting her subjection to sexual harassment. This is part of a wider crackdown on and censorship of women who complain about the conditions of sexual apartheid in which they live. As the Wall Street Journal, reports,
In a 2013 United Nations survey, 99.3% of women in Egypt reported being been sexually harassed. A separate Egypt-U.N. joint study in 2015 found that 2.5 million women were sexually harassed in the streets in one year, as were 16,000 girls at schools. The study deems harassment to range from whistling and verbal abuse to rape.
Less than 1% of Egyptian women report sex-based violence to the police, who dismiss their claims or side with the harassers. And this is nothing compared to the experiences of women living in less developed countries, especially Muslim ones where subordination and abuse of women, especially Christian women, are validated by faith and tradition.
But how often do we hear the same feminists who elevate a decades-old, unsubstantiated charge of assault into a career- and reputation-ending offense, say anything about the widespread documented violent physical and sexual abuse of women? Instead, American feminists make an outcast of true feminist heroine Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has risked her life to speak out against genital mutilation of women, and their lack of human rights under sharia law.
So aren't Egyptian women part of the human family? Is there to be no Western feminist voice to speak up for them?
Our second example, via Robt. Spencer, is of Iraqi beauty queen Tara Fares.
Iraqi social media star and model Tara Fares has been shot dead in Baghdad….The former Miss Baghdad, and first runner-up for Miss Iraq, was killed on Thursday after gunmen opened fire on her.
Tara was a Christian and “famous for her bold clothing and posts on social media.” Those attributes sealed her fate, along with that of other women in her country who fly in the face of the Sharia, such as the human rights activist, Suaad al-Ali, who “was shot and killed in an outdoor market by an unknown gunman” two days before. Last month, “two well-known women in Baghdad’s beauty industry” were also murdered: Rafeef al-Yaseri, known as the “Barbie of Iraq,” and Rasha al-Hassan — owner of a beauty center — who was found mysteriously dead inside her home. Now the government is ordering a so-called “investigation” in the face of these highly publicized deaths. Nothing will likely come of it, since the deaths are tied to the larger problem of Sharia intolerance against any semblance of autonomous female identity.
"Bold clothing". That's cute. "Bold" in a predominantly Islamic context is not likely to be "bold" in a Western context. But it seems that the problem common to all these women was simply that they dared to be women. And for this they are now dead. Not merely humiliated, discriminated against or pushed into lowly roles in society. They have been murdered.
But why is it that the huge bulk of us don't tend to hear about these poor ladies in the West? How is it that those well informed and well connected feminists that make it their business to become aware of such matters don't make such a huge noise about them that we all know about it?
Too hard? Are non-western women not worth the effort? Are there easier and more pressing targets demanding our attention for the greater and long-term good? What?
Amazing how easily we can dismiss the suffering, humiliation and even murder of some people when they are in an inconvenient place or come at an inconvenient time isn't it?
It concerns me that there may be an unspoken hierarchy in play here. Have we allowed ourselves to be defined by our enemies - or rather our perceived enemies - than by what we actually stand for? What is worse: not believing a woman making an allegation of sexual abuse or imprisoning a woman for making such a complaint? And getting murdered under Sharia for daring to be pretty - surely no-one can abide this?
Well this gigantic blind-spot greatly disturbs me, at least.
Why doesn't it similarly disturb our feminist friends?