This article by Maria Khwaja appears in Salon and is a good example of delusion and denial and, perhaps, displaced envy of the Kafir female.
I agree with Maria that Western women can’t save Muslim women; they must save themselves and many are trying to, even in extremely difficult circumstances. I applaud them for trying.
But it breaks my heart to read stories like this of courageous women who meet, talk, write, speak out, demonstrate and actively work against the gender bias and violence in Islam because they are doomed to failure, even those in the West where they are protected (somewhat) by our human rights laws.
What women like Maria do not seem to realize is that there is no way to change these crimes against female humanity. Islam is a religion, a culture and a political system (sharia law). Islamic doctrine is based on the Koran and the sunnah, the words and actions of Mohammed. Islam is from Allah (God) and, therefore, its creed is perfect, eternal and can’t be changed so wife beating is forever sacred and women will always be inferior to men.
The more Islamic law is followed, the worse the treatment of females. So what these women are asking for is a type of apostasy, where the laws aren’t followed in toto. And in many Islamic countries, this is what has happened. But these women must never forget that at any moment, the fundamentalists can gain power and all their progress in attaining basic human rights for women can be swept away, as in Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.