I've wondered for a long time why the Left is so cozy with Islam and especially why feminists are so cozy with Islam. For those who aren't aware, most Muslim countries have strict policies as far as women's clothing and behavior is concerned. The women are policed in a way that makes the American police look absent and indifferent. Most Muslim women have to cover their hair (minimum requirement), while others have to cover their whole bodies, their faces, even their eyes. Now, I must say that I love wearing scarves and hats, but I don't have to if I don't want to. It's a far cry from being jailed if you don't. Yet, western feminists defend vigorously the choice to wear a scarf and/or a hijab, but do not object to the mandatory wearing of one. This is doubly curious since their grandmothers fought so hard to get rid of the mandatory restricting corset and the volumes of fabric that made their lives unbearable. Why this double standard? Some say it's because the Left wants to be different from the Right that has vilified Muslims.
For the Manchester-based doctor and writer on Middle East issues, Egyptian feminist Nervana Mahmoud, there is a symbiotic relationship between Islamists and liberal western leftists.
"Islamists need a wider platform to help them legitimise their existence in western society, while liberal leftists need new pawns in their fight against the radical right," Ms Mahmoud told me. (Read the whole article here).
Pawns have the unfortunate ability to become queens when they make their way to the end of the chess board, and queens have the ablity to move unfettered. This is where we find the real reason this alliance between Islam and feminism is so dangerous for women. This is not to say Islam is dangerous as a concept. It is the faulty interpetation of the religion that is dangerous to women, just as the faulty interpretation of Christianity, Judiasm, Hindusim, Confucianism, etc. is dangerous to women. When feminists cozy up to a group of people that actively oppresses women and when they themselves actively suppress feminists who work for women's rights (because they aren't "woke" enough), it creates a recipe for a disaster that is going to take years, even decades and centuries to fix.
The next question is, why are the "woke" so intent at destroying western civilization? White men, who work at maintaining the structures of civilization, are the object of most the ire, and the more successful the man, the greater the wrath. The "woke" talk about "privilege" as something negative, while they say everyone should have their fair share of this said "privilege." But why would anyone want to get their share of "privilege" that makes them the target of anger, shaming, and vindictive bullying from the "woke"? The strange thing is that most of the "woke" object to the deplorable conditions of the slums and projects and under-financed areas they see around them. But "gentrification" is an evil too. There seems to be an idea out there that money should flow in their direction whether they deserve it or not. "I do so much free work here, consider supporting my work," tweets the "woke" as if spouting opinions and bullying others is "work"; As if tearing down is worth more than building. But this is to be expected as most of the "woke" seem to suffer from a touch of NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder). "See me! Think about me! To hell with you!" is the mantra of the NPD person. Or maybe they have PTSD form having grown in the safety oriented decades following 9/11. "I need to feel safe!" cries the "woke." But how do you keep someone safe who sees real and imaginery enemies everywhere, who thinks anyone who doesn't think they way they do is an enemy that must be destroyed? There is no safety for such people, only a constant agony and fearful expectation of the Final Day that never arrives. The "unfaithful" continue to prosper and there's nothing they can do about it, which creates an undening cycle of anxiety.
Since white men are the target of most of the ire, and Christian white men especially (which is only to be expected due to the "woke" alliance with Islam), white women find themselves in hot water when they wade into feminism. "White women's tears" are evoked as constant criticism when white women talk about sexism, since the "woke" cannot talk about the sexism men dish out to women since it has nothing to do with racism. White women have nothing to complain about, since they don't experience racism or any other discrimination - unless they are Muslims; a rare occasion, or disabled, or gay, or trans, or any of the other "protected" groups. In other words, the "woke" have effectively created a situation in which women cannot talk about sexism, unless it's from a white man. President Trump's sexism is a free-for-all; anyone can talk about it. Saudi Arabian men's sexism? Just hush. You're having a white savior complex, and you shouldn't meddle in cultural practices. Don a hijab yourself in support of Muslim women and don't cry when you're treated like a infant. That's how you prove yourself to be "woke." And that's why I say, don't be woke; be awake. Look around and see what's really going around you. Women are the most discriminated group of people in the whole entire world. They have been and will be, unless we do something about it. Stop listening to those who want to destroy feminism and join those who want to build it. We can support other causes, but not at the cost of our own. Be brave, be a woman, be awake.