Monday, May 12, 2014

Boko Haram and the Death of Feminism

Michael L.

{Cross-posted at Jews Down Under and the Times of Israel.}

girlsFeminism is dead and multiculturalism killed it.

Almost a month ago Islamists broke into a Nigerian secondary school and kidnapped hundreds of young girls which, initially, they were planning to sell into slavery but, according to Reuters, they are now willing to trade for their comrades in Nigerian prisons.

{By the way, the very notion of "Nigerian prisons" will probably keep me from sleeping tonight.  I am thinking Midnight Express... except without the joy.}

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim apostate feminist scholar native to Somolia, tells us the following:
The kidnapping of the schoolgirls throws into bold relief a central part of what the jihadists are about: the oppression of women. Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated. The terrorists' mission is no different from that of the Taliban assassin who shot and nearly killed 15-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai—as she rode a school bus home in 2012—because she advocated girls' education. As I know from experience, nothing is more anathema to the jihadists than equal and educated women.
Malala1One would expect that given the outrageous violations of the rights of women among Islamist groups that western feminists would vehemently object to those violations, yet they do not.

Nor, of course, do they tend to stand with Israel which is the only country in the entire Middle East which stands with them.

If western feminists honestly objected to the abuse of women in other parts of the world - and if they honestly believed in universal human rights - then we would see some expression of that objection on places like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post.

Let us take a quick gander at

Do you see any reference to Boko Haram in the last month?  No?  That is, of course, because there is none.

There are fifteen "diaries" under the Daily Kos tag "feminism" since the attack and not a single one of them is concerned with those hundreds of Jihadi captured girls in Nigeria.   One of those fifteen, entitled, The Hijab and the West,  dares to reference Islam, but only to imply that perhaps robbing women of identity and individuality might be perfectly in keeping with western feminism.

Surely the Huffington Post would do better considering that Arianna is in charge:

One of the very top articles is this:

Self-Described 'Feminist Fatty' Responds To 'Fat-Shaming Anti-Feminist Meme'

There is also an article about how Monica Lewinsky claims that she is not a feminist... which is important.

Although I do not know who Shailene Woodley is, apparently, unlike the editors of the Huffington Post feminism section, she Doesn't Understand What Feminism Means.

What you do not see, however, is any reference to hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls by Islamist forces.  Will they be raped?  Will they be sold into slavery?, a little institution that remains alive and well in certain parts of the world.  Or, will they be traded for the release of murderers?

This, from the Huffington Post Feminism Section, must be my favorite:

25 Signs You're Truly a Girl's Girl.
Most women enjoy the company of other women. But there is a special strain of human female who finds the company of women wholly preferable. There are social conditions that can create a girl's girl -- an awkward youth in which athletic activities and dating were eschewed for sneaky "Sex And The City" marathons and Jane Austen paperbacks, a stint at women's college or a career in a female-heavy field. But ultimately, it is a choice of companionship every woman has the privilege to make. 
Does not the economic privilege just reek from the above paragraph by Amanda Duberman?

And what smug "privilege" do those kidnapped and enslaved, if not raped, Muslim girls get to enjoy?

And how many of them are going to turn up dead?

And how is it that the feminist left remains virtually silent in mainstream progressive-left venues?

That is the question.

So, when Phillys Chesler claims that feminism is dead she needs to be listened to.

She also has a new book entitled An American Bride in Kabul.

Take 10 minutes and give her a listen.


  1. "Radical Feminist" Naomi Wolf is a huge apologist for both the Taliban and Boko Haram calling both a 'CIA/Mossad Jewish plot' to defame Islam.

  2. Two friends on Facebook had a 'discussion' on this last night. Both women, both Democrats, though one is more of a far left type, and another more of a centrist Democrat type. The former was claiming that Boko Haram is, in fact, not even Islamic at all, in defiance of all logic. The latter gently suggested that, yes, the group certainly is Islamic, but their version of same is a perversion and it's nice to see some Islamist groups (allegedly) denounce them (at least for public consumption).

    Even this stance, however, was too much for the first person, who insisted that no, Boko Haram is not an Islamic group.

    I like both of these people a lot, and I generally agree with the first on most issues over the second, but it's truly startling how completely oblivious to reality certain well-meaning people become when the discussion turns to the very obvious reality that Islamist groups are a serious threat to everything that we liberals stand for.

    It's not enough for these terrorists to say that they do what they do in the name of Islam? We're supposed to pretend they have other motivations, instead?

    It truly is just fucking mind-boggling, this 'thought' process...

    1. It couldn't be more simple.

      Islam is a religion of around 1.5 billion people.

      At the heart of Islam, like at the heart of Judaism, is religious law. For the Jews it is Torah, for the Muslims it is al-Sharia.

      al-Sharia insists that the People of the Book be incorporated into the system of submission known as dhimmitude.

      I have nothing against any Muslim, anywhere, so long as they are not very good Muslims and do not insist up al-Sharia as the basis of government given the fact that it is a highly oppressive system of government.

      I am a liberal.

      There was a time, as I recall, when we cared about such things.

  3. There are a lot of dimensions to this - the girls are Christians, they're girls, they're underage, it's Africa, they're black, liberals in thrall to violent Islam and so forth. Boko Haram routinely slaughters hundreds of people and no one seems to mind. But somehow we have another Kony2012 moment. And similarly nothing will get done.

    Having a hashtag isn't dull enough, I need to have a sign with a hashtag on it so that other people online can see that picture and feel that they've done enough. Hell, in Hollywood they stand on streetcorners with signs of hashtags like a it's a topless carwash.

    It's the least I can do which is why I'm doing it. It's a statement about how I feel about how YOU feel about my self awareness & pity project.

    The fact is no one will ever get those girls back just like you can't unkill the hundreds and thousands of people Boko Haram killed and you can't unrape the hundreds and thousands of victims of that. Those hashtag friendly girls are gone. They're sex slaves today and you're never going to find out what happened to them because Boko Haram doesn't give a fig for your hashtags.

    Boko Haram is more than a rag tag bunch of terrorists, they are effectively a violent Islamic terrorist nation inside a nation. They kill other Muslims as much as they kill infidels. They openly espouse a belief system that commits atrocities in the name of Allah and they are happy about that. They are proud to tell you about their war crimes.

    So unless you're ready to kill every single one of them, chop off their heads and genitals and stuff them on sharp sticks as a warning to the others you're wasting your time. And that is simply never going to happen. Not by us not by anyone.