In an analysis entitled, "Why Feminism is AWOL on Islam", Kay S. Hymowitz believes that a big part of it is the entrenchment of postcolonialist theory within the left:
These days, being a Muslim woman means being saddled with what can only be referred to as the 'burden of pity.' The feelings of compassion that we Muslim women seem to inspire emanate from very distinct and radically opposed currents: religious extremists of our own faith, and evangelical and secular supporters of empire in the West."
Hirsi Ali counters: "
is critical of the,"...reflexive identification some Muslims in the West unthinkingly offer to groups like Hamas or the Taliban. I met one person [like that] at Oxford University last night. I asked, 'Do these women realise that the very groups and individuals whom they are defending are the very people who, if they were in power here, would frankly their daughters particularly of their right to be at Oxford at all?'"
To me it is fascinating that both Ali and Manji are attacked by the left and have had to find a home somewhere to the right. Whereas the apologists of Muslim misogyny are invariably on the left. Is it time to throw out these categories and simply call things as they are?
Breaking News: A certain Useful Idiot, Julie Webb-Pullman a member of the Viva Palestina convoy that just recently drove into Gaza via Egypt has reported about her meeting with Prime Minister Haniyeh and the Deputy Prime Minister in scarily gushing tones reminiscent of teenage girls thrilling to Justin Bieber. In an earlier, now corrected, version of her post she mistook the name of the Deputy Prime Minister, calling him Dan Meridor -- swear to G-d.
She also posts photos of her souvenir scarf autographed by Haniyeh and foreign minister Zahar -- think Elvis throwing his sweat soaked scarf into the all-female audience at his Las Vegas show -- and ends her post with:
"The convoy women are now excitedly awaiting the opportunity to find out more about Palestinian women's participation in the process of building - and rebuilding - a fair, free and open Gaza. Viva Palestina!
Viva Ismail and Mahmoud! Viva women!!!"
Who said these girls weren't properly feminist?
(H/T:: Harry's Place)