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Tag Archive: God hates women

Apr 25 2012

Failure to comprehend

I don’t understand. Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised had her genitals mutilated by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party. The mutilation occurred not in Africa, where the practice is most prevalent, but in India where a small Muslim sub-sect known as …

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Apr 24 2012

You gonna believe Mona Eltahawy or the grand mufti?

Nahed Eltantawy responds to Mona Eltahawy’s article on woman-hating in the Middle East. She hates it. I felt deeply offended and insulted by Mona Eltahawy’s latest article in Foreign Policy, titled Why Do They Hate Us?   I follow Eltahawy’s columns quite regularly and I accept many of her arguments, even if I do not …

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Apr 24 2012

How did that get there?!

There’s a new group in Tunisia, Equality and Parity, that is protesting the wearing of the niqab. Equality and Parity promised that they will plan manifestations and sit-ins if women’s rights are violated in Tunisia. The group lobbies against denigrating women’s representation in decision-making – whether it be in the political, social, cultural, or economic …

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Apr 23 2012

Delusions of choice

And now I’ll spell out exactly why I think the Collective Response is so wrong and bad. The hijab is a statement of female subordination, and it’s also a statement of loyalty or obedience to a ferociously misogynist and coercive religion. Some people are “offended” to be told that. It doesn’t follow that it’s not true. …

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Apr 21 2012

The only category

This little spat between the Inquisition and the slightly disobedient (but not disobedient enough) nuns reminds me of something that we generally don’t focus on sharply enough. It’s certainly obvious, yet it kind of fades into the background of the taken-for-granted. The something is: Women are the only category of people who can’t ever be …

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Apr 14 2012

Incompatibles

Sooraya Graham is very confused. She wants to be liberal and free and provocative, and she also wants to be reactionary and veiled and submissive. She’s an art student, see. She wears hijab. She took a picture of a friend of hers who wears a niqab and abaya, holding a bra. She wanted to “humanize” …

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Apr 08 2012

Charge £400 for her, £200 for him

The wonderfulness of Sharia councils. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce from a Sharia council; that was almost 10 years ago now. Despite countless emails, letters and telephone calls to the Sharia council as well as joint mediation and reconciliation meetings, the Sharia council …

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Apr 08 2012

You are the gardener

Speaking of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll…That article in the Stranger is interesting. To become a “member” at Mars Hill Church requires more than attending church. Becoming a full-fledged member—a process highly encouraged, and sometimes thunderously demanded, in Pastor Mark Driscoll’s sermons—requires months of classes and a careful study of Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, …

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Mar 29 2012

Stay where you are

Speaking of Islamic Feminism… In Afghanistan, it’s a crime for women to leave home without permission. “Running away” is not an offense found in the Afghan Penal Code. However, women and girls in Afghanistan have long faced punishment from family and local governing bodies for leaving home without permission. In response to challenges to the …

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Mar 27 2012

Mothers and daughters

Via a tweet by the great Deeyah – a woman in India is murdered for refusing to “compromise” in her daughter’s rape case. I suppose I should warn you: it makes very ugly upsetting reading. That’s so often the case, but maybe I should give warnings more often. A month-and-a-half after a schoolgirl was reportedly raped …

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