Category Archives: Women’s Rights and Gender Apartheid

Jail Time for Muslim Teens in Malaysia?

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K-Pop stars B1A4, have unwittingly landed some Malaysian fans in very hot water. Last week, video footage surfaced of the boy band hugging and kissing (on the crown of the head) three young, star-struck female fans, under the inflammatory headline, “Malay girls molested on stage by K-Pop artists,” causing widespread outrage — at the girls. 

Under Malaysia’s Criminal Offences Act, even these simple, platonic gestures fall under strict public indecency laws. And so, politicians and keyboard warriors alike are calling for the girls’ prosecution for “offending the sensitivities” of Muslims.

The girls, as of writing, have not been identified, and authorities have called for them to come forward, warning criminal charges will be pursued if the girls don’t give themselves up.

Read the rest here.

Pakistani Wife Hides from Husband Who Wants to Kill her

i9MQB_vREUoU copyOn a freezing December night, Shehla Gul is in hiding from her husband in a squat brick house in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Sitting on a bamboo cot wearing a head-to-toe hijab, only her eyes are visible, and they stare at the floor.

Gul has barely been outdoors since escaping through the back door of her family’s house three months earlier, when her husband and three men tried to kill her with a pistol, says her brother,

Ghulam Murtaza Chachar. Her spouse, Faiz Muhammad, accused her of having an affair, an offense that as many as 40 percent of Pakistanis believe would entitle him to execute her.

“My husband is still looking for me to kill me,” says Gul, who covers her face whenever she leaves the house in Ghotki district, about 540 kilometers (336 miles) northeast of Karachi. “Who can run away from this menace?”

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Sharia Says Husbands Must Know Wives’ Social Media Passwords

saudi-woman-computer-1 copyA Palestinian cleric has said that women who keep Facebook, Twitter and other internet account passwords secret from their husbands are violating the Islamic Sharia law.

According to a video posted to YouTube by the TV service of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Palestinian cleric, Sheikh Khaled Al-Maghrabi, said in a lecture delivered at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on December 16 that husbands are entitled under the Sharia code to demand to know their wives’ Facebook and other social media passwords.

“In marital relations, the wife must not keep any secrets from her husband. If the wife has a cell phone and she uses a password, but refuses to give her husband the password, this constitutes a violation of Islamic law. This is prohibited. A woman is not allowed to block her cell phone from her husband.

“If, for example, she has a Facebook account with a password, but her husband does not know the password, this constitutes a violation of Islamic law, because her husband must be able to check her Internet account at any time. That is his right! He is entitled to demand this.

“Under no circumstances whatsoever may a woman have a cell phone, a laptop, or any kind of Internet account, which is locked with a password that is unknown to her husband. This would constitute a violation of Islamic law regarding marital relations.”

Read the rest here.

It’s all about control. Women are basically bought and sold via family and marriage like chattel. They must submit to Allah, the prophet, their fathers, their brothers, other males in the family including their sons. The concept of freedom for females is non-existent in Islam.

Muslim Female Police Torture Breastfeeding Mother

al-khansa-brigade copyThe so-called Islamic State’s all-female police unit tortured a breastfeeding mother by clamping her chest with a barbaric spiked clamp, it is claimed.

The al-Khansa brigade, the female religious police in Raqqa, the insurgency’s de facto capital in Syria, is said to use the bear trap-like device to punish women who defy their strict laws.

Opposition media group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently claim that in one case it was used on a 24-year-old woman who was arrested while breastfeeding her baby in the city centre.

Read the rest here. 

How messed up can a society be to do such an unnatural, evil act? The cruelty of the isis mujahideen is surpassed by the black widows of the Khansa brigade.

Problems with Gender Equity in Islam

unchildren_iran_by_stefania_spanc3b2_per_terre_des_hommes_low copyMuslim countries worldwide have problems with gender equality. They dominate the bottom 10 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report, and none of the 10 most successful countries offering equal opportunities for men and women is Muslim.

Girls lag behind boys in school attendance, making up 54 per cent of the out-of-school child population in the Arab states, a figure that has not changed since 2000.

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Why this inequity?

In many Muslim countries, women are subjected to patriarchal norms and varying degrees of restriction on economic participation. This reduces the value of girls’ education in society.

Some scholars blame culture and religion for this problem. Others say the economic structure of some Muslim countries is not conducive to women’s development.

They argue patriarchal norms persist because oil-rich economies limit the role of women in the paid workforce and restrict their participation in politics.

Read the rest here.

Here’s a statistical analysis of the position of women in Islamic doctrine from the Center for the Study of Political Islam:

Islam’s stand on women is the same as its stand on every issue—duality and submission. Dualism demands that everything is seen, not as a unified whole, but as divided. The primary political duality is the division between kafirs (unbelievers) and believers. The primary internal duality is the division between males and females.

The principle of submission means that one must rule over the other. No surprise, the women must submit to the men. CSPI measured the submission of the female to the male by analyzing the Islamic doctrine.

All of Islam’s doctrine is found in the Koran, the Hadith (Traditions) and the Sira (the life of Mohammed), the Trilogy. We collected every verse, every paragraph and every sentence that mentioned women and their power relationships. These were all categorized into the women being superior, inferior, equal or merely mentioned.

In 4% of the cases, women were superior, in 91% of the cases they were inferior and in 5% they were equal. But there is a big catch. The only way that women are equal is after death on Judgment day, when men and women will be judged on how well they followed the Koran and the Sunna. And guess what? The only way to follow the Koran and the Sunna is to obey men.

Equality means obeying men.

Saudi Arabia’s Gender Discrimination Examined

naomi001_0 copy“You cannot assume the same starting point” for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia as Western countries, journalist Katherine Zoepf obviously understated in a September 17 presentation of her research in the doctrinaire Muslim kingdom. Zoepf’s discussion of the “not just window dressing” reform in the kingdom’s strict “gender segregation” allowing women retail jobs, though, raises important questions about Islamic “extremism” in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Zoepf’s Washington, DC, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Pulitzer Center) address centered on her December 2013 New Yorker article “Shopgirls.”  Zoepf described therein how Saudi King Abdullah decreed in June 2011 a ban on male lingerie and cosmetic shop workers, leading the way towards other women retail positions. Though “not…immediately evident,” Zoepf wrote, a “women’s revolution has begun in Saudi Arabia.”

A “male guardian—usually a father or husband” controlling “permission to study, to travel, and to marry” makes Saudi women “effectively…legal minors.” A Saudi female doctor mentioned by Zoepf at Pulitzer Center, for example, enjoyed travel to places like Paris for medical conferences with her liberal husband’s generous permission, but after his death came under a conservative son’s strictures. Another woman under the guardianship of her brother was raising her son as a liberal future replacement.

A “devout Saudi man avoids even mentioning the names of his wife and daughters in public” and they never met the man’s friends at home in one of the world’s “most patriarchal societies,” Zoepf wrote. “You wouldn’t imagine that they live in the same homes.”

Read the rest here. 

I missed posting Katherine Zoepf’s article when it was published. Please read it. I think the “reforms” will always be minor. Prejudice against women is tightly interwoven into Islamic doctrine. And Saudi Arabia, like the Islamic State, is proud to be the fruit of orthodox, pure Islam.

 

Women Aren’t Capable To Be Political Leaders Says Islamist

jenis-niqab copyKuala Lumpur: Pengkalan Kubor Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary said women should not become political leaders as they are not capable.

In an exclusive telephone interview with Astro AWANI, he said this was evident when countries like Thailand and Pakistan, which were led by women, faced numerous problems.

“We can see the weaknesses of women leaders clearly just by looking at our neighbouring countries,” he said referring to Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Pakistan’s former PM Benazir Bhutto.

Izat, who is a former lecturer, said problems will arise if women become state or country leaders.

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Advertisement With Female Fighters Invites the Wrath of Allah

muay_thai_kedah_poster_2808_840_1188_100 copyMuslim group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) blasted the Kedah authorities today for installing billboard advertisements of “sexy” women muay thai fighters, claiming the pictures would invite the “wrath of Allah” on the state.   

The group’s Kedah chapter said the billboards were considered sinful because they showed the fighters garbed in “indecent” wear. 

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Erdogan Tells Female Journalist “To Know Her Place”

amberinTurkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a verbal attack on media and women, on Thursday (7 August), after he branded the reputed journalist of The Economist, Amberin Zaman, a “shameless woman” and told her “to know her place”.

Speaking at an election campaign rally in southern Turkey on Thursday (7 August), Erdogan indirectly shamed Zaman by labelling her as a militant.

“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman,” said Erdogan before adding, “They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and you insult a society that is 99 percent Muslim.”

His comments were in direct response to Zaman’s remarks on a television debate earlier this week where she had questioned the leader of the main opposition in Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, asking him whether a “Muslim society is able to question” its authorities.

Since then, Zaman’s remarks have been condemned on social media by pro-government supporters as “insulting to Islam and Muslims”.

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And what place is that Mr. Erdogan? The place right after male children and right above the female children and the slaves?

Phyllis Chesler on the Twisted Psychology of Jihad Brides

jihad bridesThe most barbaric bunch of blood-thirsty misogynists this side of Genghis Khan are yearning for western “brides”—and the “brides,” who will be no more than sex and reproductive slaves, are coming, via an internet campaign, to service ISIS’s male Jihadis in the Caliphate in formation in Syria and Iraq. There is a “marriage bureau” in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab for Western women in a marrying state of mind.

Britain’s interior minister Theresa May warned that “we think around 400 UK-linked individuals have gone out to fight in Syria, mainly young men but also some women.” Officials worry that these numbers will rise “with the increased online activity luring vulnerable women to Syria.” The would-be “brides” are given point-by-point guidance on what to expect.”

What is coming their way is far darker than “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Read the rest of Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s article here.