Boko Haram
American feminism is dead because we now live in a world where Ayaan Hirsi Ali — whose genitals were mutilated by Islamic subhumans — is barred from speaking at Brandeis University, while Suey “only white people can be racist” Park has articles published by Time. Condoleezza Rice must essentially be forced out of a speaking engagement to Rutgers’ 2014 graduating class, but “Snooki” is welcomed with open arms — and $32,000. The same “feminists” who would take a stand against Ms. Rice because she’s a “war criminal” are the same “feminists” who would welcome Hillary (I voted for the Iraq War and gave a thumbs up to Obama’s steroidal drone program) Clinton in a heartbeat.

American feminism is dead because while American feminists fret over the “pressure” to wear Ugg boots, little girls are kidnapped and sold into slavery in Nigeria.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday:

The gunmen commanded the hundreds of students at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School to gather outside. The men went into a storeroom and removed all the food. Then they set fire to the room.

“They … started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the 16-year-old student said. “And we knew.”

What they knew was chilling: The men were not government soldiers at all. They were members of the ruthless Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram [which means “Western education is sinful”]. They kidnapped the entire group of girls and drove them away in pickup trucks into the dense forest.

Three weeks later, 276 girls are still missing. …

Some of the kidnapped girls have been forced into “marriage” with their Boko Haram abductors, sold for a nominal bride price of $12, according to parents who talked with villagers. Others have been taken across borders to Cameroon and Chad, they said. Their accounts could not be verified, but child marriage is common in northern Nigeria, where it is allowed under Islamic law but not the country’s Western-style constitution.

Wait a second. I was taught by my college professors that “all cultures were equal.” I was told I was supposed to cheer on “diversity.” What’s going on?

Is a culture where large swathes of the population condones burning schools for little girls to the ground — and selling children for $12 into forced marriages — equal to Western Civilization? Am I supposed to offer a seat at the “diversity” table to an organization that literally translates: “Western education is sinful”? How strange is it that modern American liberals have reached a point where they give big wet intellectual kisses to individuals who seek to destroy them?

Mark Steyn and Ace of Spades probably put it best in reference to the revocation of Hirsi Ali’s speaking engagement at Brandeis.

First Steyn:

As for Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence and the others who took this decision, nobody’s asking them to be as brave as Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They will never know what it’s like to have their associates murdered and to be forced into living under armed guard. They will never have to “share the risk” that Ms Hirsi Ali faces every day of her life. All that was required of President Lawrence & Co was that they not be total craven, jelly-spined squishes who fold like a cheap Bedouin tent at the first hint of pressure.

But Lawrence couldn’t even do that. Ayaan Hirsi Ali campaigns against female genital mutilation – that’s to say, the barbarous practice by which Muslim men deny women sexual pleasure by having their clitorises cut off. Lawrence and the other fellows who run Brandeis are in no danger of any equivalent procedure since it seems clear they’ve nothing down there to chop off anyway. The eunuchs of the American academy are the beneficiaries of western liberty, of the spirit of openness and inquiry that is the principal difference between us and the intellectually stagnant Muslim world. But they will not lift a finger to defend that tradition.

And then Ace:

The letter demanding that Hirsi Ali be dis-invited from speaking at Brandeis was, get this, largely signed by women in the Women and Gender Studies program, and more-or-less-explicitly stated that Ali’s focus on genuine repression of women took the focus off the trivial microagressions they prefer to gab about.

[The professors said Hirsi Ali’s views on Islam “obscure(s) such violence in our midst among non-Muslims, including on our own campus.”]

Well, they’re not practicing forced clitorectomies at Brandeis, nor are they practicing forced marriage (which is essentially family-arranged rape for life), so I take their complaint to mean this:

Hirsi Ali’s own story of genuine oppression, and her agitation about important, fundamental rights of, and dignities owed, to women, makes our own neurotic prattlings seem rather silly and fluffy by comparison.

Modern American feminists have just about zero moral authority because, like the NAACP giving a lifetime achievement awards to a racist NBA owner in exchange for cold hard cash, they sold out long ago.

Ideologues with deep pockets are happy to pay women with useless degrees in Gender Studies to hold workshops where they try and convince other impressionable young women that “pressure” to wear certain kinds of clothes in the United States is worth dedicating countless hours of rage and anger. Meanwhile, real outrages take place in the Middle East, Africa and all parts of the globe where friends and allies of the Boko Haram worldview takes root.

The most recent example: Brunei. CNN reported May 1:

Brunei has become the first East Asian country to adopt sharia law, despite widespread condemnation from international human rights groups.

The Islamic criminal law is set to include punishments such as flogging, dismemberment and death by stoning for crimes such as rape, adultery and sodomy. The religious laws will operate alongside the existing civil penal code.

During a ceremony Wednesday morning, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced the commencement of the first phase of the sharia-based penal code, according to the government’s official website.

The oil-rich kingdom, located on the island of Borneo, has a population of just 412,000 people.

The reaction among American feminists? A few press releases here and there that really just say: When are the midterm elections going to heat up so we can pretend like white, straight, and Christian Republican men are more of a threat to world peace than Islamic nutcases with a never-ending mission to chop off female genitalia and hurl rocks at as many women as possible?

The next time an American feminist on your local college campus lectures you on “micro-aggression,” ask her when she’s going to voluntarily offer herself up for female genital mutilation in the name of “diversity,” and then continue about your business.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

21 comments

  1. I think your rhetoric may come off as a bit strong towards Muslims. Though, after having just watched the main quest line of South Park: The Stick of Truth, it might be funny for me to say that… but…

    1. That’s a fair point. Although, honestly, I’m sick of people having to add the qualifier “most Muslims are good people” any time it’s mentioned that the worldwide Muslim community is in dire need of reform. Who kills more Muslims than anyone else in 2014? Other Muslims. Who kills more Christians than anyone else in 2014? Muslims. When Catholics or Quakers start stoning girls, throwing acid in faces, selling them into slavery … then I’ll temper some of my language.

      I’d counterpoint that my own language is not really that inflammatory. I’d say the most damning quote comes from … a Nigerian.

      “They … started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the 16-year-old student said. “And we knew.”

      “And we knew,” as soon as they heard screams of “Allahu Akhbar,” is extremely telling. If Muslims around the world police their own nuts better, then guys like Mark Steyn would write about something else. CNN would go back to that missing plane. I’d write about the new Spider-Man movie, etc.

    2. “Although, honestly, I’m sick of people having to add the qualifier “most Muslims are good people” any time it’s mentioned that the worldwide Muslim community is in dire need of reform. Who kills more Muslims than anyone else in 2014? Other Muslims. Who kills more Christians than anyone else in 2014? Muslims. When Catholics or Quakers start stoning girls, throwing acid in faces, selling them into slavery … then I’ll temper some of my language.”

      I agree, Doug. When I was blogging, I always tried to distinguish the two in case any trolls came along and accused me of “Islamophobia.” But I get sick of having to add that qualifier, too. Islam is a religion that needs very serious reform and I’m tired of liberals in this country who dismiss the problem altogether and try to claim “well, we have some backwards people in this country, too” and “Christianity isn’t much better.” Well, last time I checked, Christians didn’t stone people, throw acid or sell young girls into slavery. Islam never had a reformation like Christianity did.

    3. During WWII, did FDR or Churchill constantly have to make a distinction between “Nazis” and “Germans”? (Or between “moderate Nazis” and “extremist Nazis”?) If the Allies had fought that war with the same sensitivity and political correctness that is expected today, we would all be speaking German or Japanese now.

    4. And Carl is right: the leftist retorts (“We have problems in this country, too” or “Christianity isn’t much better”) are basically variations on, “So’s your old man.”

      I’ve never heard of women in the US being punished for not wearing Ugg boots or Abercrombie jeans. I have heard of the Taliban stoning women to death for not wearing veils.

      And the spoiled brats at Brandeis don’t want to hear anything that Hirsi Ali has to say, because it puts things in perspective and makes their own petty complaints look trivial by comparison.

    5. You know, there is really no point in making distinctions anyway. It doesn’t do any good to say, “I’m not talking about most Muslims, just the militants in Al Qaeda and the Taliban.” Or, “I didn’t say ‘all black people are thugs,’ I said that the guys who murdered Shorty Belton should be in prison.” To the leftist mindset, there is no distinction between an individual and his/her group. Similarly, any criticism of Obama is presumed to be racist, any disagreement with Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi must be sexist, and so on.

      Of course, special dispensation is granted to allow leftists to criticize Sarah Palin or Condoleezza Rice. For that matter, the most vicious criticism of Hillary Clinton came from the left, when she dared to run against The One for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

  2. Feminists have extremely warped priorities. They scream about non-existent “micro-aggressions” while ignoring the Boko Haram monsters kidnapping girls. It’s pathetic and disgusting. This is the REAL War on Women, but they ignore it and get outraged about stuff that doesn’t even exist.

    It’s funny you should bring up the non-existent “War on Women” that idiot feminists think is going on here in the U.S. My sister (who fell for that crap, hook, line and sinker) apparently posted something on Facebook recently about how “voting Republican will force our daughters to fight the battles our grandmothers won.” I kid you not. My dad also mentioned a few statues of hers that referred to conservative women as the c-word. So much for that liberal “tolerance!”

    1. The term “first world problems” springs to mind.

      Women who have faced true nightmares like Ali should be heard rather than anyone called Snooki. I’ve never heard of Snooki and am reluctant to Google her as I’m afraid she will be a waste of my time.

      No matter her political stance, surely Condoleeza Rice should be held out as a success for black women?

      I hope the Nigerian girls are freed soon but I won’t hold my breath.

    2. “Women who have faced true nightmares like Ali should be heard rather than anyone called Snooki. I’ve never heard of Snooki and am reluctant to Google her as I’m afraid she will be a waste of my time.”

      Agreed, Andrew. And consider yourself VERY fortunate that you’ve never heard of Snooki. She’s a so-called “reality star” and her show (Jersey Shore) is one of the reasons why the younger generations are so messed up.

      “No matter her political stance, surely Condoleeza Rice should be held out as a success for black women?”

      You would think, but the left here in the U.S. frequently demonizes conservative women and minorities. Black conservatives frequently get called nasty names like “Uncle Toms.”

    3. @Andrew

      Yep. You hit the nail on the head with ‘first world problems.’ I guess that’s why a lot of the mimetic (I’m using the term as it is used in literature to refer to works that mimic reality with intense closeness and leaves out fantastical elements such as warp drives or magic) stuff I have to read just doesn’t hit as hard for me, since most of it deals with the kind of first world problems you’d find in ‘The New Yorker.’

    4. “Yep. You hit the nail on the head with ‘first world problems.’ I guess that’s why a lot of the mimetic (I’m using the term as it is used in literature to refer to works that mimic reality with intense closeness and leaves out fantastical elements such as warp drives or magic) stuff I have to read just doesn’t hit as hard for me, since most of it deals with the kind of first world problems you’d find in ‘The New Yorker.”

      Makes me glad I’m not in college anymore and being exposed to pretentious nonsense like the New Yorker. A lot of that so-called “realistic” fiction is boring, pretentious drivel. I could probably count on one hand the books I read in school that I actually enjoyed.

    5. I feel sorry for your sister, Carl. I can’t believe the amount of hostility she shows towards her own family…the people who cared for her and nurtured her until she was old enough to go out on her own. If my interactions with you are remotely representative of how you are in real life, then I’m thinking she grew up in a nice household. People can be strange…

    6. I do, too. I’m at the point where I tell people I meet in public that I’m an only child. She’s so full of hate, hostility and resentment…. and likes to accuse others of being “hateful bigots” when they disagree with her.

      We did grow up in a nice household and the way she’s turned out both saddens and baffles me. She always had a nasty streak in her, starting when she was a little kid; I noticed it pretty early on, but it took longer for the adults to notice, since she put on a “sweet little girl” facade whenever they were around. All that said, she really began her descent into darkness when she was in fifth grade and started to run around with a bad crowd. Some of my nastier relatives, such as my aunts (my dad’s older sisters) also had a hand in turning her against us.

  3. Many of our problems in the states may just be to stir up votes. We are not perfect and we have flaws but look at the freedom we have compared to others. We have people here that nitpick about things such as contraception (which is not expensive, just consider how much they spend on a cell phone) while as you mentioned other countries have real problems. Maybe ignoring other cultural atrocities by creating fictitious issues should be explored more. I would venture a guess that many people that promote the feminist movement do not even have a clue how women are still being treated in other countries.

    With all of this in mind, maybe Douglas should not be allowed to write about this topic because he is “a bad person”.
    Douglas the moral relativism police will be on your tail.

    1. With all of this in mind, maybe Douglas should not be allowed to write about this topic because he is “a bad person”.
      Douglas the moral relativism police will be on your tail.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain person goes on another forum in the future and says I think “all” Muslims are terrorists — even though I’ve never said such a thing. 😉

  4. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain person goes on another forum in the future and says I think “all” Muslims are terrorists — even though I’ve never said such a thing. ;)”

    Probably on youtube, then when he is caught lying and going nuts it will all disappear….

  5. Thank you for sharing that link,it looks to me like they want attention and they will jump on a cause to get it. I look at that and say really? Maybe rather than holding a sign and stating the obvious they should actually use some of their many dollars to do something about it. Hmmm why don’t you talk to your husband …you know…the President!

  6. No problem. Any idiot can hold up a sign and take a picture of themselves and post it on the internet. They think they’re accomplishing something, but they’re not. They don’t actually care about stopping this problem; they’re just doing it to feel better about themselves. Reminds me of the Joseph Kony campaign from 2012 that got people riled up on social media and they joined anti-Kony groups just so they’d feel good about themselves. Unsurprisingly, it did nothing to stop Kony and he’s still out there. This is what we call slackitivism, folks.

    And like Larry says, they want us to do something about this, but if we DID they’d flip out and accuse the military of being “racist,” “Islamophobic” and “colonialist.” They’re the same people who usually ignore this kind of thing because it undermines their politically correct worldview.

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