Tuesday, August 7

Moslem woman...


Simon de Beauvoir (& Le Deuxième Sexe) :

When the family and the private patrimony remain beyond question of the bases of society, then woman remains totally submerged. This occurs in the Moslem world. Its structure is feudal; that is, no state has appeared strong enough to unify and rule the different tribes: there is no power to check that of the patriarchal chief. The religion created when the Arab people were warlike and triumphant professed for woman the utmost scorn. The Koran proclaims: ‘Men are superior to women on account of the qualities in which God has given them pre-eminence and also because they furnish dowry for women’; woman never had either real power not mystic prestige. The Bedouin woman works hard, she plows and carries burdens: thus she sets up with her spouse a bond of reciprocal dependence; she walks abroad freely with uncovered face. The veiled and sequestered Moslem woman is still today in most social strata a kind of slave” (The Second Sex: “Patriarchal Times and Classical Antiquity”, 89).
katayoun

4 comments:

Winston said...

don't you think Muslim woman accepts the fact she is a slave of her creepy idealogy?? it makes me sick to think that people want to subject themselves to something that would make them slaves!

Bita said...

Dear Winston,

Absolutely. In fact, the emancipation of women in Islamic societies depends on their recognition of the fact that Islamic Ideology, by nature and in its essence, is incapable of recognizing women as human beings equal to men.
If only Moslem women examine thier role in thier societies, only then there is a hope for bringing about the topic of "democracy" and emancipation, and when that happens...


katayoun

RoxieAmerica said...

To enslave women in name of any God; to make women lesser-humans in the name of any God and to impose unequal hardship on women in the name of any God is an abomination. It is not religion, but power and control. It is not about God, it is about people reigning over other people.

Winston said...

It's sick, man! Simply Sick!