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The Hypocrisy of the Feminist Response to Islam’s Oppression of Women

British socialist-feminist Laurie Penny: "Islamophobes could not care less about women of any creed or colour."

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Robert Spencer

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December 30, 2013 - 8:00 am
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Editor’s Note: This is Part III of an ongoing series by Robert Spencer highlighting human rights hypocrisy and fraudulent peace activists. For Part I, see “The Hypocrisy of the ‘Islamophobia’ Scam,” for Part II, see last week’s “The Hypocrisy of the Fatwa Against Terrorism.”

Concerned about the Islamic oppression of women? The divine sanction for the beating of women (Qur’an 4:34)? The commodification, the polygamy, the child marriage, the female genital mutilation, the honor killing? Ah – that just confirms that you’re a racist, bigoted Islamophobe – at least as far as the British feminist writer Laurie Penny is concerned. And Penny is by no means alone: her article just provides a particularly egregious case study of the general tolerance of Western feminists for Muslim misogyny.

“Islamophobes,” wrote Penny with admirable certainty in the Guardian last week, “could not care less about women of any creed or colour.” These wicked fellows only criticize the Sharia mistreatment of Muslim women because of their bigotry and hatred. According to Penny, “misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.” Penny complains:

As a person who writes about women’s issues, I am constantly being told that Islam is the greatest threat to gender equality in this or any other country – mostly by white men, who always know best. This has been an extraordinary year for feminism, but from the Rochdale grooming case to interminable debates over whether traditional Islamic dress is “empowering” or otherwise, the rhetoric and language of feminism has been co-opted by Islamophobes, who could not care less about women of any creed or colour.

How does Laurie Penny know that those whom she tars as “Islamophobes” really don’t care about women? Because, as you’ll see below, some baddies from the BNP and EDL allegedly said some rude things. And that means that any critic of Islamic gender oppression must be using feminism as a cover for his “hatred,” doncha know.

Penny grumbles about a report from Student Rights, which she describes as “a pressure group not run by students,” that stooped to “vastly exaggerating a suggestion by Universities UK that male and female students might be asked to sit separately in some lectures led by Islamic guest speakers.” In the wake of this, she said, “unfortunately, rightwing commentators and tabloids seized upon the issue to imply that Islamic extremists are taking over the British academy.”

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Yeah, this drives me nuts. Every time I get into some dumb discussion about womyn's rights, I bring up how women in Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to drive or go out alone in public, and tell the person that's where they should focus. Then I point out that there are no homosexuals in Iran because they've all been hanged. Boy, do lefties not want to discuss this stuff; they just have a huge blind spot. I don't get it; are they unwilling to criticise brown men? Yeesh.
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I dont think so. 100% of them will be running to the white man to protect them and demand to know why we let it get this way. In other words, karma will bite them in the ass
34 weeks ago
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I think your premise is incorrect. The "feminists" are not concerned about women. They are concerned about themselves and getting attention.
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Without defending Penny, I can't help but point out the author's own hypocrisy. For one thing, the Muslims who "stone women to death for adultery, mutilate their genitals, deny them the right to leave the house without permission from a male, and beat them when they displease them" ARE right wing conservatives.

And anybody who recognizes the name Maurice Duplessis will understand that Christian women who went about with their heads uncovered were subject to harassment, rape and assault. And this is a matter of decades ago, not centuries.
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I've attempted to look at the mode of thinking that Penny's article illustrates on my blog: http://malsi-tung.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/laurie-penny-and-loss-of-reason.html

I'd be grateful for any feedback.
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I don’t think Laurie Penny should be shipped to Afghanistan and stoned to death...shipped to Afghanistan would be enough
34 weeks ago
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Well, duh! Don't you know? Those women over there choose to be treated like that! The feminists told us so!
34 weeks ago
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Behind every apparent double standard is an unacknowledge single standard. Islam and feminists both hate Christianity. The enemy of their enemy is their friend.
34 weeks ago
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"The enemy of their enemy is their friend."

I was just going to make a comment that this Feminist in the article (and her like-minded sisters sharing in this delusion) must be using this "logic" to justify their stance.

Which may actually be a good thing for the West, in the long term. Once the women living under "Islam" realize they are not chattel and fight for their freedom, they will not see these liberal Lefties in the West as their friends or sisters-in-arms - in fact, they will despise these women as much as I do.
34 weeks ago
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That's what I've been saying for a decade. Feminists and gays, and Progressives side with Islam because it isn't Christianity. Most if not all of these people know what Islam does to women and gays and religious minorities. But, they believe it cannot happen here - an assumption many ignorant people have made through out history.
34 weeks ago
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Yes, wouldn't it be interesting to see the response of the Feminists in the U.S. should Sharia Law become accepted in U.S. Courts ?

I'd love to see the looks on their faces the first time all charges get dismissed against a man who murdered his sister because it was "an honor killing" and therefore, not murder at all.

For the first time, these delusional women would truly understand that Islam sees women as "chattel" and "vessels" - nothing more.

34 weeks ago
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Why is there even feminism still?
34 weeks ago
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Yeah, this drives me nuts. Every time I get into some dumb discussion about womyn's rights, I bring up how women in Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to drive or go out alone in public, and tell the person that's where they should focus. Then I point out that there are no homosexuals in Iran because they've all been hanged. Boy, do lefties not want to discuss this stuff; they just have a huge blind spot. I don't get it; are they unwilling to criticise brown men? Yeesh.
34 weeks ago
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One reason that mentioning those facts don't work on feminists is because that doesn't convey the true societal standing of women in Saudi.

Not allowed to drive? Just have a chauffeur drive you around, what's the problem with that? Have to be escorted outside? Wouldn't it be nice to be surrounded by security all the time? No homosexuals in Iran? Who really wants to live there anyways, they should be happy to be living elsewhere.

In my opinion, the best way to describe how women are treated in the mid-east is to compare their situation with cattle. Cattle are directed where to go, what to eat and nothing is expected of them beyond birthing more calves and providing nourishment in the form of milk or meat. If a cow does something it shouldn't, you just shrug and correct it or kill it for the meat. Women are directed where to go, what to do and nothing is expected of them beyond birthing more sons and providing nourishment in the forms of cooking and cleaning. If a woman does something wrong you beat them because they are supposed to know better; or you kill them for dishonoring you.
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Penny's post is an almost unbelievable expression of a moron who doesn't know the difference between law and bad people. In fact the two have exchanged places. And why wouldn't they for the politically correct? Identity liberals literally define right and wrong based on your identity: what those identities do is puffed up or deflated according to a hierarchy that goes something like this:

Gay - Woman - Black
Woman - Black
Gay - Black
Black
Gay - White
Woman - White
All other non-whites
Islam
Whites
Men - White
Men - Straight - White
Old - Men - Straight - White

It's simply a matter of consulting a giant pie-chart at lib-central and hammering out any conflicts like umpires do when they gather to discuss a foul ball. Morality is a simple matter of looking at the standings.

In the case of Islam, law (i.e., no female president by law in Egypt) and cultural custom and practice are ignored as if they don't exist. Bad men in the West are puffed up into all men, treated as if they are cultural custom and practice and law. Liberals are stupid insane people, and it's as simple as that.

If Penny had been seized in Egypt when she was 11 yrs. old and had her genitals filed off she'd most likely adapt her views accordingly so that water once again becomes wet.
34 weeks ago
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Pity Marcia Clark didn't have your list handy when she was picking O.J. Simpson's jury. She thought all women were plugged in ahead of all men. But then it was in the earlier days of identity politics and some things hadn't been worked out in detail.
34 weeks ago
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Furthermore , Laurie Penny conflates race and religion. She doesn't seem to be aware that millions of men in the Middle East - Arabs, Persians, Caucasians (men of the Caucasus that is), and many others are white. All of the ruling class of Iran and most of the population are white. Furthermore there are millions of black and brown men in the West who beat their wives (or their hos) and behave in the most misogynist ways. I can only conclude that Laurie Penny has an irrational prejudice in favor of Muslim men, white or dark, and against white men who are not Muslim. She hasn't a shred of credibility.
34 weeks ago
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You forgot to add "illegal immigrant and "legal immigrant" in there somewhere.
34 weeks ago
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Penny Dreadful is an evergreen fixture of the more demented end of the British hard Left. It's really quite hard to see what she brings to the table, since her writing is jejune and so predictable in its lock-step doctrinaire Marxoid puerility that it could easily be written by a machine. Personally I think she's given a pass because unlike so many of her sisters womyning the barricades against sexism, racism and other forms of crimethink, she's not terrifyingly, toad-garglingly hideous.
34 weeks ago
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Really? The photograph makes her look pretty damned hideous.
34 weeks ago
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Eh, she's do-able.
34 weeks ago
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Seriously dude? She's anti-amorous, even by British standards AND with beer goggles on.
34 weeks ago
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Perhaps when her clitoris is the next one up on the chopping block she might have a different opinion. Only time will tell.
34 weeks ago
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No! No! Not even then!

We're already seeing it in Sweden and Holland. Women and gays are fleeing Malmo and Amsterdam because of the rape gangs and street beat-downs. But they never, ever come right out and admit to what's going on.
34 weeks ago
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Frankly, they get what they deserved because they brought this all on themselves as a result of their constant whining and ultra-supra-toleration beyond necessity.
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