October 26th, 2006
A far more calm and sensible response to the remarks of Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali, Australia's senior Muslim cleric, than I could have made, courtesy of the Corpuscle.
Specifically, the women as uncovered meat analogy.
Apparently the Sheikh has apologized and says his remarks are being taken out of context, but I have trouble imagining a context in which they wouldn't be fairly offensive. Most people I know would resent the implication they had no more self-awareness and self-control than the average alley-cat.
I'm far, far too weary to even begin to address the deep-seated prejudicial ideas about women in specific thus revealed. Post-feminist world my ass.
I believe it is much like the quotes of Bush, Cheney, The Pope, and a lot of the conservative pundits that have claimed to be taken out of context lately. I think the context they are supposed to be taken in is the context of a favorable listener that shares their fucked up views and values.
But please don't quote me out of context. ;)
|Date:||October 27th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)|| |
I've seen stuff like that before from Middle Eastern countries. Their culture seems to have this embedded notion that men are driven literally insane with lust by the sight of a woman's... well, whatever that particular culture thinks she needs to cover up. And see, the poor little babies just can't help themselves, so it's all the woman's fault if she flashes, say, a bare ankle and the guy rapes her.
A lot of "she was asking for it" rhetoric in this country seems to be coming from the same place. The idea that women's sexuality is this mystic force that overwhelms free will in males.