Mona Eltahawy is hardly what you would call a freedom fighter. At the beginning of the "Arab Spring" she was one of the foremost voices of obfuscation and denial of the fact that it was an Islamic supremacist takeover:
But then Eltahawy got mugged by reality, literally -- beaten and sexually assaulted by Egyptian security forces. And maybe that horrible experience has started to open her eyes. She recently wrote a long piece for Foreign Policy, assailing the mistreatment of women in the Arab and Muslim world. Here's an excerpt:
Name me an Arab country, and I'll recite a litany of abuses fueled by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. When more than 90 percent of ever-married women in Egypt -- including my mother and all but one of her six sisters -- have had their genitals cut in the name of modesty, then surely we must all blaspheme. When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating "virginity tests" merely for speaking out, it's no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a woman has been beaten by her husband "with good intentions" no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are "good intentions"? They are legally deemed to include any beating that is "not severe" or "directed at the face." What all this means is that when it comes to the status of women in the Middle East, it's not better than you think. It's much, much worse. Even after these "revolutions," all is more or less considered well with the world as long as women are covered up, anchored to the home, denied the simple mobility of getting into their own cars, forced to get permission from men to travel, and unable to marry without a male guardian's blessing -- or divorce either....
It's easy to see why the lowest-ranked country is Yemen, where 55 percent of women are illiterate, 79 percent do not participate in the labor force, and just one woman serves in the 301-person parliament. Horrific news reports about 12-year-old girls dying in childbirth do little to stem the tide of child marriage there. Instead, demonstrations in support of child marriage outstrip those against it, fueled by clerical declarations that opponents of state-sanctioned pedophilia are apostates because the Prophet Mohammed, according to them, married his second wife, Aisha, when she was a child.
Then the WaPo gave precious space to hijabbed Obama adviser Dalia Mogahed to run interference for the Muslims who brutalize women in the name of Islam:
Critics question not the crimes Eltahawy describes but the causes she assigns, namely Islam and Arab culture’s inherent “hate” for women, alleging that her analysis is not only pedestrian but panders to prejudice.
The real danger however is that Eltahawy’s narrative harms the very cause she claims to champion. Conflating women’s rights advocacy with Arab inferiority or Islam bashing doesn’t empower the champions of change, it aids their enemies.
That's right: don't stand up for the rights of Muslim women -- it just aids the racistislamophobicantimuslimbigots. Women are being beaten, clitorectomized, victimized in all kinds of ways, but never mind -- must not offend Islam!
Yet if we don't identify the root cause and speak out against it, nothing can ever be done to improve the lot of Muslim women worldwide.
Mona Eltahawy's transformation into a racistislamophobicantimuslimbigot is instructive: it shows yet again that the real haters and bigots are those who would prefer that women be beaten, raped, mutilated, etc., rather than offend Islam.
Dalia Mogahed ought to be ashamed of herself. And every Muslim woman in the world should stand up and denounce her.
And what is the Washington Post doing? They should stop shilling for this groteque propaganda and open their pages up to the defenders of freedom and real scholars of Islam, like Robert Spencer and Ibn Warraq.
The sharis is the only brutal, murdering ideology that gets such overt support. What other ideology that oppresses, persecutes, and subjugates gets such sanction? Whereas the crime is not condemned, just those pointing out the crime. Kill the messenger. Literally.