Women do indeed have it bad under Shari'a. We in the west seem blissfully unaware of it, even when its grisly, unjust practices are in our own backyards. So many think they are being tolerant, when in fact, they are just being cowards. Honor killings. Not a problem. That's THEIR culture.
And so, a generation of young women is lost due to the ridiculous sense of pride and shame within the family. And the west just shrugs. Whatever. Not news. Next up, please.
Olympics. In China. This ought to be fun. Remember Mehboba?
She has asked for asylum in the west, so that she can continue to train and participate in the Olympics. Without the fear of being slain. I really hope to see her compete, even if she should lose badly. She will have won a victory of sorts. What would really be a victory for her, is if she could just come to America (without a male relative) and train to compete for US. As an American. A victory by her would be stinging sand in the eyes of the Taliban, and more enjoyable than watching Bunker Busters and Daisy Cutters blast away at Osama's caveman camps.
The slick, Madison Avenue marketing of Islam to western women is hideous in its cover up....so to speak... of the realities that women live with under Islamic rule. Thanks to the Middle Eastern Media Research Institute and the internet, however, we can know without excuse those realities. But what to do with this knowledge when you get it. Firstly, it's important to know what you believe, and why you believe it. Secondly, it's important to stand up to those in academia and the press, and the gullible masses, even if you are a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness.
Waheja al Huwaidar is one such lonely Saudi voice.
From MEMRI special dispatch 1604, June 1, 2007:
"There Are Five Types of Shackles, or Jails, For the Woman - if She Manages to Escape One, She Might Enter Another"
Wajeha Al-Huwaidar: "Saudi society is based on masters and slaves, or, to be more precise, masters and maids, because the masters are the men, and the slaves are the women."
"The ownership of a woman is passed from one man to another. Ownership of the woman is passed from the father or the brother to another man, the husband. The woman is merely a piece of merchandise, which is passed over to someone else - her guardian. How do you recognize a maid or a slave? The decision making is out of her hands. All the decisions are made by the master. Women today are not allowed to make any kind of decision - not about marriage, work, studies, medical treatment, leaving the house, or traveling."
"I believe that in general, for the Saudi woman, every day is a new battle. She needs to find ways to live on the face of this earth without colliding with the law, with men, with society, with the religious clerics, or with the political establishment. She is besieged. There are five types of shackles, or jails, for the woman - if she manages to escape one, she might enter another. The first is the tribe, then comes the family, then the religious institutions, the political establishment, and finally, society. Wherever you go, you encounter a battle. What are you to do? Within every Saudi woman, there is a Scheherazade. Imagine Scheherazade trying every night to stay alive until the next night. That's how I see the Saudi woman. Some might say that I am exaggerating, but..."
Interviewer: "Some say your perspective is a bleak one."
"The Woman is Raised to Fear Man and Society"
Wajeha Al-Huwaidar: "It's not bleak. I am being realistic. I know that some of our women live in prosperity and freedom, and I am one of them, but to what extent? To what extent do you own what you possess? Nadine, hypothetically speaking, if whoever gave you that freedom decided to take it away from you - would you have the ability to escape this punishment?"
"The woman is raised to fear man and society."
Saudi author Khaled Al-Ghanami: "So why does she accept this upbringing?"
Wajeha Al-Huwaidar: "Because she stands to lose a great deal, if she rebels. When a man rebels, he might collide with the political establishment only. But when a woman collides with several institutions. Ultimately... I don't know if you've noticed, but when a woman begins to become liberated, she is not respected by society, but when a man raises the banner of liberation, and calls for equality and liberalism, he is highly respected and is always given prominence. Even the state shows respect for a man who speaks freely, but it shows no respect for a woman who speaks freely. She pays the price on every level - her family, religion, and society. Ultimately, I think women are greatly feared. When I compare the Saudi man with other Arab men, I can say that the Saudi is the only man who could not compete with the woman. He could not compete, so what did he do with her?"
Khaled Al-Ghanami: "Why couldn't he compete?"
Wajeha Al-Huwaidar: "Because he has great fear of the woman. The woman has capabilities. When women study, they compete with the men for jobs. All jobs are open to men. 90% of them are open to men. You do not feel any competition. I'm not competing with you for your job. Saudi men do not face competition from non-Saudi men, who are also considered of lower status. The Saudi is a man who has never known the meaning of exerting efforts in order to realize a dream. That is the Saudi man. I am not talking about all men, but about most of them. If you do not face competition from the Saudi woman, and not from the non-Saudi man, you have the entire scene for yourself. All positions and jobs are reserved for you. Therefore, you are a spoiled and self-indulged man."
The weakness of Muslim societies, and ultimately their downfall is...their men. Their indolent, non challenged, lazy society of tea-drinking do nothings. Women dream, want, hope, for lives that are as fulfilled as womens' in the West, and they can see it. How long will it be til they achieve it, as well?
Please note the use of Whitney Houston's voice in the above video. Powerful. Singular. Female. FREE. Perhaps if Ms. Houston knew exactly just how powerful her voice was in the veiled ears of her Muslim sisters, she might clean up her act and look outside of herself and kick the demons off her back.
Addendum: From Faith-Freedom.org
The U.N's Disdain for WomenOn June 12th in Iran, nine women - who had called for a protest against the arrest of their friends - were arrested themselves. This demonstration was to have occurred on the anniversary of last year's mass arrests of women activists who had attempted to collect one million signatures against the anti-women laws in Iran.
For over a decade, the women of Iran have been using every method of peaceful protest against Shar'ia law, the guiding law of the land, even though the protests were stopped every time they began. As Shar'ia applies to women, these laws restrict - in a draconian way - women's mobility and rights. For example, in Iran, the law oppresses women by such indignities as counting women's testimony as only half that of men, and by such barbarity as stoning women to death for adultery. So it is critical that these brave women prevail in their protest against such cruelty and backwardness. But instead of respectfully observing and noting the protests - like them or not - as politicians do in the United States, the Iranian regime arrested the protest leaders in raids to their homes at 5:00 a.m., beat them up and dragged them to Iranian prisons while all the roads to the planned demonstration location (and to the women) were blocked by paramilitary forces.
Iranian women started by voting overwhelmingly for the Mullah Khatami in 1996 who promised them reform but, once he was elected, betrayed them. Since then, these valiant Iranian women have tried every possible path to get their rights back but they have ended up with nothing more than prison terms. Facing the fact that the regime would not reform its anti-woman Islamic laws, and the paramilitary forces would not allow any assembly or demonstration of their demands, a group of women set out to collect one million signatures against the oppressive Islamic laws to make their point.
So on June 12, 2007, a half dozen women started out to collect one million signatures and, by the end of the week, they had hundreds of volunteers helping in the collection of the signatures. In no time, the regime learned about the effort and ordered the arrest of the women and the confiscation of all their collected signatures. The Iranian human rights activists in Western democracies have been petitioning, writing and talking about this issue ever since but there is no response nor, appallingly, is there any support from any Western women's group. It is just as shocking that even the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been thoroughly indifferent to this particular offense as well as, generally, to the oppressive regime itself: the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has stripped Iranian women of all their human rights and left them defenseless as underclass and oppressed citizens.
Thousands of women from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia gather together every year to discuss violence against women but the real problem is discussed only superficially. The biggest and worst oppressors of women in today's world are Islamic theocratic regimes, yet there is no mention of their gross violations of the human rights of 800 million women throughout the world, and that includes the women of Iran.
Western women have no need for the UN Commission to defend their rights. They are not only fully emancipated and empowered; they are living in the free democratic societies that will allow them to speak up if they so desire. In Iran, it is the opposite.
The singular need and mission for the UN Commission on the Status of Women is to defend and secure the human rights of women who live under the tyranny of patriarchal hierarchies and who have no face, nor any voice. Yet most unfortunately, the Commission - in a shameless and disgusting way - does not deign to defend such suffering. CSW has demonstrated repeatedly that it is not concerned about the women who are deprived of their most basic humanity. No one within the Commission has an interest in discussing the abuse of women by these oppressive laws and, in fact, they all turn a blind eye to the plight of Iranian women.
And then there is the UN auxiliary organization, UNIFEM, whose slogan on their letterhead is, "Say NO to Violence against Women" next to the beautiful face of Ms. Nicole Kidman, their honorary chair.
UNIFEM even goes out of its way to solicit money from the oppressors of women, like the Islamic Republic of Iran itself, even though they know full well that Iran is perhaps the most wanton violator of the human rights of women. Iranian women have been struggling for three decades to get their human rights back from this dreadful Islamic regime, yet they are being ignored by the world.
In an ideal humanitarian world, one would expect UNIFEM to have a list of such immoral governments and indict them in the international arena for their inhumane laws. In an ideal world, UNIFEM and the United Nations would punish and pressure these regimes that oppress women, but instead they solicit bribes from them.
Is it wrong to assume that if UNIFEM receives money from a gender apartheid government, it is expected to be silent about that government's gross violations of women, and also to be silent about their children's rights? Is it logical to believe that if UNIFEM criticizes these regimes, they will not receive that regime's largess the next year around? And if they continue to receive funds from such oppressive regimes, is it logical to assume that UNIFEM must have understood such unspoken expectations?
One thing we know for sure: the Islamic Republic of Iran is expecting reciprocity for the undisclosed large amounts of money that they contribute to the apparently corrupt UN.
How could - or why should - any woman anywhere in the world, whether or not she lives under such onerous oppression, have any faith or any trust in the UN, or in its Commission on the Status of Women, or in its auxiliary organization, UNIFEM? In this question lies the disturbing truth that the UN's disdain for Iranian women threatens women worldwide. The only thing that stands between the fate of any other woman on earth and the fate of Iranian women is the wrong politician, or regime, in place.
Perhaps the reason that no one pays attention to the struggles of Iranian women is because the international organizations and European governments are all choosing their own short-term economic interests over and above the human rights of the women and children of Iran.
And why not? After all, what is the value of a human life compared to that of money?
Western women need to wake up and help, and quit bitching about their "unequal" pay rates. In other words: Put up or shut up.
Once more, in case you didn't get the message. From a real liberator of women: