I follow the facebook page My Stealthy Freedom that posts photos of women’s risking imprisonment and even execution for not wearing the compulsory Hijab in Iran. You would think that they would be happy that French politician Marine le Pen refused to wear the hijab when pressured to do so in Lebanon, a country that was once a Christian majority country. Instead, they bemoan the lack of left-wing politicians who are prepared to stand up for their rights as Muslim women. Marine le Pen is right-wing and a strong critic of Islam so her bravery in standing up to the Lebanese Grand Mufti doesn’t count because of her “worrisome agenda” Read more »
There is NOTHING empowering about selling the lie that a woman’s hair is sexual and needs to be covered up. It runs against all our Western beliefs and values. Every concept of modesty in our culture revolves around sexual body parts. The hair on a woman’s head has always been a part of her beauty, literally her crowning glory. It has never been a sexual part of her body. There is nothing modest about covering your hair. In our culture when we put something on our head it is for one of three reasons only.
1. Practical reasons ie sun protection
2. Fashionable reasons ie to make us look more attractive
4. Uniform reasons ie to signify that we are a member of a specific group
Unlike the third wave feminists that dominate so-called feminist thought in the world today, Nazi Paikidze is not interested in gender pronouns, labels, or blaming the patriarchy. Like the original Suffrage feminists, she is concerned about standing up for women’s legal liberties, in particular the oppressed women of Iran. Unlike third wave feminists who virtue signal with rants on social media at no cost to themselves, Nazi is actually putting her career on the line in order to make a stand against the way that Iran oppresses its women.
The best-ranked female chess player in the United States has said she would rather sacrifice her career than submit to demands to wear a hijab at the next world championship.
The below article is another perspective of France’s intentions regarding the Burqa and the Burkini. It is not arguing right or wrong but attempts to explain the French perspective. Only you the reader can decide whether the French perspective is moral or not.
This goes back to the philosophical issue of the tolerance of intolerance, or more broadly of whether objective moral truths exist or not. Western democracies, such as France, have self-determined that there are objective moral truths in the universe, of which include concepts of non-intervention (on the person, and when possible); of personal freedom; and of religious freedom.
The problem, however, is that western democratic philosophies don’t have room in them for unlimited freedom or tolerance. Some things may not be tolerated. This is lost on many observers of western democratic philosophy, especially the uninformed who see the Bill of Rights and incorrectly assume that the protections and tolerances they afford are unlimited (which is not the case; there are many exceptions in place, both legally and ethically, concerning the rights laid out in that particular document). As an example relating specifically to religious tolerance, even a “deeply held” religious belief in the spiritual power of snake handling is not protected in the States because of the great risk untrained professionals have, both towards themselves and others, of injury when handling snakes.
This will be a short post.
Susan Devoy in her open letter to us all said this…
Not long ago we publicly called out Neo Nazi fascists who wanted to march against child abuse. Many Kiwis joined us when we argued that the symbols of a regime that murdered 1.5 million children have no place at a march against child abuse. That’s not us.
In my open blog post to Ms Devoy I say this…..
Our MSM are bizarre. Remember the free bleeder runner who stole the thunder of the actual winner of the race because she ran the race with period blood running down her leg? The media ignored the real winner and buzzed around a woman who they called an ” inspiration ” simply because she had no hygiene standards whatsoever. They turned a smelly woman with soiled pants into a feminist super star! Even funnier was the fact that the free bleeding movement was a prank started by 4CHAN and embraced by stupid third wave feminists.
If I was in an Islamic country I would be forced to show respect for their culture by wearing a hijab just as female politicians have when visiting Islamic countries.Western women in Islamic countries are expected to submit to their values and culture yet many Muslim women refuse to submit to Western values and culture. This is a blatant double standard and I am sick of our media defending it.
Most of us believe in religious freedom but few of us would support a religious legal system of government. In Iran the government has removed people’s freedom to practice or not practice the religion or non-religion of their choice and instead forces them to adhere to one religion’s rules in a totalitarian manner.
When any religion uses force or coercion to keep and control its members it has more in common with a cult than it does a religion.Personal choice is something that we take for granted here in the West and we women must never forget how hard other generations of women fought for us here in New Zealand to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Women in Iran used to have freedom but it was taken away from them. They now are fighting a very difficult fight to regain even the most basic of rights, such as the right to feel the wind through their hair.