Feminist Makes Excuses for Misogyny

• Views: 1,840

One of the most bizarre manifestations of leftist cognitive dissonance occurs when hardcore feminists like Naomi Wolf abandon all their principles and twist themselves into philosophical knots, in order to make excuses for one of the most misogynistic belief systems on Earth: Behind the veil lives a thriving Muslim sexuality.

Ideological battles are often waged with women’s bodies as their emblems, and Western Islamophobia is no exception. When France banned headscarves in schools, it used the hijab as a proxy for Western values in general, including the appropriate status of women. When Americans were being prepared for the invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban were demonised for denying cosmetics and hair colour to women; when the Taliban were overthrown, Western writers often noted that women had taken off their scarves.

But are we in the West radically misinterpreting Muslim sexual mores, particularly the meaning to many Muslim women of being veiled or wearing the chador? And are we blind to our own markers of the oppression and control of women?

The West interprets veiling as repression of women and suppression of their sexuality. But when I travelled in Muslim countries and was invited to join a discussion in women-only settings within Muslim homes, I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women’s appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression, but in a strong sense of public versus private, of what is due to God and what is due to one’s husband. It is not that Islam suppresses sexuality, but that it embodies a strongly developed sense of its appropriate channelling - toward marriage, the bonds that sustain family life, and the attachment that secures a home.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Love in the Time of Climate Change: Grizzlies and Polar Bears Are Now Mating BARROW, Alaska -- Most Alaskans and Canadians have a bear story - tales of fearsome grizzlies, even polar bears. But a mix of the two? They're known as pizzlies or grolars, and they're a fusion of the Arctic white ...
Thanos
22 hours, 12 minutes ago
Views: 315 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 6 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Possible Murderer John McAfee’s Presidential Campaign Ad Deeply Crazy, as Is John McAfee Oh boy! It’s that very special time of the year: The fringe candidate ads are here! Feast on this brilliant sample of sensory overload from Libertarian presidential candidate John McAffee. Yes, the antivirus guy. Yes, the one who “was ...
Reality Based Steve
22 hours, 44 minutes ago
Views: 545 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 26 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 2
Likes: 0
Comments: 1
: 3
Administrators Are Still Enforcing Antiquated Ideas About How to Celebrate Prom It’s prom season — the time of year when school administrators attempt to enforce the gender norms, as well as the rules of heteronormativity, that were followed when they were growing up. Students have been resisting this for years. ...
The French Rat
23 hours ago
Views: 378 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Boycott Over N.C. LGBT Law Hits More Than Music Fans Stagehand Kery Eller doesn’t own any Bruce Springsteen albums, but he would smash them if he did. Eller says he expected to earn at least $3,000 working the sold-out Springsteen concert and other high-profile shows around the state before ...
Thanos
23 hours, 32 minutes ago
Views: 487 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
California Voter Registration Soaring as June 7 Primary Approaches Californians are registering to vote in breathtaking numbers not seen since the Reagan Revolution, as the no-holds-barred presidential primary season and tech-based outreach efforts have rousted more than 1 million people from their political slumber. Registration often spiked on ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 579 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 9 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 2
Comments: 0
: 3
Supreme Court Rejects GOP Challenge to Va. Redistricting Plan The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Republican challenge to redistricting in Virginia, leaving in place a map that could prove more favorable to Democrats. The court unanimously held that Reps. Rob WittmanRob WittmanOvernight Regulation: GOP lose Supreme Court ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 536 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 27 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 2
Comments: 0
: 3
Second Person Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Fort Riley The person he was assisting, John T. Booker, was following Islamic state ideology. A 30-year-old Topeka man involved in the conspiracy to set off a bomb at Fort Riley, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Alexander E. Blair ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 560 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 23 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
Austria Far Right Thwarted, Van Der Bellen Elected President Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU's first far-right head of state. Mr Van der Bellen, a pro-EU independent backed by the Greens, beat Mr Hofer by just 31,000 votes ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 675 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 15 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 4
Comments: 0
: 5
Why the Numbers Suggest a Hillary Clinton Presidency Is Best for the Stock Market Whether you plan to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, history shows that when a Democrat holds the highest office in the land, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) benefits. Over the past 100 years, the DJIA has ...
Thanos
1 day, 8 hours ago
Views: 578 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 8 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 2
Comments: 1
: 4
Here’s the Lawsuit Against a State Anti-LGBT Law You Aren’t Hearing About North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2 isn’t the only state law receiving new scrutiny this week. The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s HB 1523, which offers a sweeping menu of legalized discrimination. Discrimination against LGBT people was ...
The French Rat
1 day, 22 hours ago
Views: 603 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0