Whale Oil and others are asking the question about how lefty feminists are managing their conscience over the rights of Muslim or the rights of women. It appears a conundrum. And I can only think of small components that don’t make up a whole answer!
When we were fighting for our freedom as women to grow, develop and be recognised as equal to men, we fought the traditional belief systems that have existed almost forever. In one generation we changed our world. Not completely, but by a lot.
But many of us, because of our upbringing as women found it hard to do things for ourselves. The pork chop syndrome was strong. (And for those of you who don’t know the expression, look it up). It was symptomatic of our lives. But we could fight for others. Somehow that was more worthy than fighting for ourselves. So we could fight for the poor and downtrodden, who were let’s face it frequently women. We could fight for the children. We could fight for women’s health. But hardest of all was to fight for ourselves, our own rights to be recognised as equal to men. For many of us, in our heart of hearts it seemed wrong, selfish, to fight for ourselves, and right to fight for others.
So perhaps fighting for the right to have a religion accepted as equal (or more so) to our own patriarchal Christianity might somehow seem more right than fighting for Christianity, which is our status quo, and still does not support equality anyway. Yes I know, Catholics are a minority here, but a strong one. Read more »