Monthly Archives: October 2011

Our Ignorance

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Earlier in October, we were treated to this news from Iraq. THIS is part of our payment for the blood and money we spent “liberating” Iraq. From Yahoo News:

The World Health Organization has estimated that one in five Iraqi women has reported being a victim of domestic violence, and experts say  rate is much higher. Government officials say for the time being there’s little hope that laws giving men wide rights to “discipline” their wives will be changed.

“There are abusive laws against women … but we believe that in this era, this project will be rejected,” said the Human Rights Ministry‘s spokesman Kamil Amin. “Politicians have no will to change these abusive laws.”

State Minister for Women’s Affairs Ibtihal al-Zaidi agreed.

“The new reforms might raise issues against Islamic laws as well as tribal and traditional norms,” she said. “It is a very sensitive issue.”

Why is this a very sensitive issue?

Because according to Islamic doctrine from the Koran and Hadith, women are subjugated to men and are considered inferior beings. These beliefs are embedded into the culture, the politics and the religion as the words of the god Allah and the words and deeds of Mohammd. We took out an aging dictator and replaced him with a theocratic rule that is, and will be, far worse. We are so ignorant.

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Wife Beating, Enshrined Forever in Sacred Law

An article from Yahoo caught my eye. It was about domestic violence in Iraq.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The World Health Organization has estimated that one in five Iraqi women has reported  being a victim of domestic violence, and experts say the rate is much higher.  Government officials say for the time being there’s little hope that laws giving men wide rights to “discipline” their wives will be changed.

“There are abusive laws against women … but we believe that in this era, this project will be rejected,” said the Human Rights Ministry‘s spokesman Kamil Amin. “Politicians have no will to change these abusive laws.”

State Minister for Women’s Affairs Ibtihal al-Zaidi agreed.

“The new reforms might raise issues against Islamic laws as well as tribal and traditional norms,” she said. “It is a very sensitive issue.”

Why is there ‘little hope’ in changing these oppressive laws that allow for violence against women?

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A Decree Does Not A Freedom Make

Anytime I feel depressed with any aspect of being a female, I read articles or books (like Princess by Jean Sasoon) about being a woman in Saudi Arabia in order to put things into perspective.

Ida Lichter takes a penetrating look at the problems of women in Saudi Arabia and their gender apartheid.
She writes:

The Saudi monarch’s decree to give women voting rights for municipal elections in 2015 was generally welcomed as a giant step on the road to reform.

However, the celebration could be premature in a country where women cannot have coffee with male colleagues for fear of arrest and imprisonment, and a woman who was caught driving was punished with 10 lashes, recently revoked by royal edict.

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NO MORE HAREMS!


Phyllis Chesler, the grand lady of the feminist movement, has written an excellent and inspirational article titled, “No More Harems: The Hidden History of Muslim and Ex-Muslim Feminism.” As always, Dr. Chesler, a woman of courage and conviction, leads the way through the morass of offenses committed against women.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“We are in the midst of an Islamic and ex-Muslim feminist uprising. Some names are known to Westerners: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Irshad Manji, Azar Nafisi, Taslima Nasrin, Asra Q. Nomani, Wafa Sultan — grave, elegant, impish, and fiery spirits who live in exile from their countries, communities, families, or even faith.

These heroic feminists have been systematically demonized as “racists” and “Islamophobes.” Yes, even those whose skin colors may be brown, black, or olive; some are still religious Muslims but most  are secularists, atheists, or apostates. These are high crimes according to Shari’a law.”

“Many more such heroes have risen up. They are not yet known to us in the West: Ida Lichter, in Muslim Women Reformers, has written the biographies of more than 100 such “inspiring voices,” mainly female, but also male, from 23 Muslim countries and from Israel, the (disputed) Palestinian territories, the United States, and France.”

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Put Your Bikini On: Women Breaking Taboos


“Yara Mashour has made it her business to break taboos. As editor in chief of Lilac*, an Arab magazine based in Israel, she has set out to challenge customs and tradition – and her latest milestone is perhaps her biggest triumph to date,” says an article in Britain’s Daily Mail.

And what has Yara done? She has put a picture of 22 year old model Huda Naccache, from Haifa, posing in a black bikini on the cover of the women’s magazine Lilac. The complete article with photos is HERE.
There is more HERE.

In the article, Yara says, “In a region that is synonymous with gender discrimination, women’s rights violations and spousal domination, Lilac is daring to tread where no other publisher in the Middle East has ventured.”

She continues, “Huda is the first Arab model to appear on the cover of an Arabic magazine in a bikini. Lilac is the first Arabic magazine to show a cover with a bikini!

I don’t recall this being done elsewhere in the Arab world,”she added. “I have been working for a decade on changing society so Arab women can have more rights and freedom in the Middle East.”

Why are there taboos against women wearing swimsuits? Why don’t women have equal rights and freedom in the Middle East? The article in the Daily Mail never explains why this is, skirting around the reasons with such weasel words as ‘culture’ and ‘social taboos’. But the answer lies in the doctrine of Islam which provides the basis for Arab culture.

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Leave Your Bikini at Home. There’s Terror at the Beach

I don’t wear a bikini and haven’t for many years. Especially after the babies came. I wear a black, tummy paneled, one piece swim suit. But many women wear bikinis and two piece suits and look great in them.
What is important here is that I have a choice. In Islam, there’s no choice. Now Muslim women can wear a burkini, a bathing suit/robe that covers the whole body, head and neck so they can go into the water and swim, but face it, ladies, it’s not a charisma statement.

The Daily Beatarticle has posted an article from comes via InfidelsAreCool blog which concerns a Russian beach on the Caspian Sea that has been bombed due to women not following sharia law and covering themselves head to toe. Read it and be thankful you are not one of these women.