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.
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.