Nude Protests: Is Feminism Different for Different Cultures?

It’s understandable why the Islamists would protest against FEMEN’s ‘jihad’ campaign. It escapes me why any educated liberal, in the Western or the Muslim world, would support the #MuslimahPride on this.

Western feminists of the Jezebel variety have, through their opposition to FEMEN, set an example that their cherished concepts of gender-equality and freedom are not applicable to the Muslim world. Being able to wear what you want is a Western-thingy, and preaching the same to the Muslim world would be “culturally insensitive”. Note that FEMEN members have employed the same tactics when protesting against the Catholic Church’s misogynistic policies.

For Western liberals, it has become fashionable to revere foreign cultures as it allows them to feel more open-minded. In their outstanding ignorance, they often become apologists for cultures and ideologies that are consistently inspiring unspeakable crimes against humanity, and women in particular.

This is but the only conclusion one may draw from the act of supporting Amina Tyler for nude protests and cursing FEMEN for doing exactly the same!

The peaceful religious people being offended by Femen’s protest are the theist apologists who do not have the decency to flatly disown a source of unfathomable suffering to the world.

It’s those who are still mucking about with translations and interpretations and no-true-Scotsman fallacy, trying to unlink themselves from all the damage being generated by the ideology they revere. Those who are more enthusiastic about defending their ‘precious little believies‘ than defending human freedom and well-being. That’s the reason the MuslimahPride group is practically teeming with self-righteous assholes, generally more concerned about women’s modesty than the suffering inflicted upon countless women like Amina Tyler.

Being an anti-Islamist doesn’t make you anti-Muslim by default. Take it from a liberal Pakistani man with Muslim parents, mostly Muslim friends, and a whole bunch of Muslim heroes, none of whom I intend to offend by my criticism of their religion.

If Todd Akin ever issues a statement, “Women are a tilth for men to plant seeds in however they please” (Quran, 2:223), heads will explode from London to New York. Nobody will excuse this incident fearing that an attack on Akin would be an offense to all his political supporters because, you know, not all his supporters endorse this statement. No liberal would defend him saying, “Oh, you’re misinterpreting Mr. Akin’s words” or “You need to read all of Akin’s statements ever made before you decide whether you like him or not”.

At least in theory, there should be no confusion among us that these are harmful ideologies unworthy of our defense. Whether we choose to tread lightly or act diplomatically to safeguard the world from them, without endangering the peaceful Muslims, is another matter.

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    • Robert Moulton
    • April 7th, 2013

    A nuanced and moderate exposition. As a Westerner easily outraged by Quran, 2:223 and Quran 9:5 I slide too easily into Islamophobia. I should follow your lead. You also have a keen understanding of the self-righteous hypocrisy of Western ‘liberals”. You sir, are a liberal in the true sense of the word. I sometimes suspect that Western liberals are mere snobs afraid of being excluded from the best cocktail parties.

    • Well said, Robert.

      Western liberals, I imagine, fear that harsh criticism of Islam would translate into more suffering for their Muslim minorities. While they ought to be credited for their concern, they must be called out on their ignorance regarding the dangers of Islamic ideology.

      It must be recognized that Muslims are not a monolithic group; even though the religion has many cringe-worthy elements to it, not all Muslims follow them. One cannot make assumptions simply by a person’s ‘Muslim’ label about what he/she believes or doesn’t.

      But that shouldn’t keep us from criticizing any religion in the strongest terms for the intolerance it preaches, or the chaos it inspires.

    • DirtyHarry
    • April 9th, 2013

    I’m not sure we have liberals in the West today, the definition of the word has been forgotten here in the onslaught by the thin-skinned offence brigade

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