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The Feminist Politics of Islamic Misogyny

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Just when you thought irrationality could not get any more irrational, criticizing the barbarism of honor killings is now being classified as "simplistic, civilizational thinking." No, this is not some psycho deranged terrorist. It is a Columbia University professor.

Studying honor killings is not the same as sensationalizing them -- but Columbia University professor Lila Abu-Lughod disagrees. Moreover, she believes that indigenous Arab and Muslim behavior, including honor-related violence, is best understood as a consequence of Western colonialism -- perhaps even of "Islamophobia."

On October 25, 2010, at the American University of Beirut, Abu-Lughod admonished feminists who ostensibly sensationalize honor killings, a position which, in her opinion, represents "simplistic, civilizational thinking." She "warned that an obsessive focus on the so-called honor crime may have negative repercussions" and that "people should be wary of classifying certain acts as a distinctive form of violence against women."

Abu-Lughod opposed the "concept of clear-cut divisions between cultures, which she viewed as a form of imprisoning rural and immigrant communities," and suggested that focusing on "honor crimes" allowed "scholars and activists to ignore important contexts for violence against women: social tensions; political conflicts; forms of racial, class, and ethnic discrimination; religious movements; government policing and surveillance; and military intervention."

What kind of feminism does Abu-Lughod represent? She is a post-colonial, postmodern, cultural relativist, a professor of anthropology and women's and gender studies who does not believe in universal standards of human rights. However, her allegedly feminist work primarily serves the cause of one nationalism only -- Palestinian -- and of one tradition only -- Islam/Islamism.

And in case you think this is some radical middle eastern way of thinking,

In fact, Abu-Lughod herself and her professor parents are all products of an American academic establishment: Her Palestinian-American father, Ibrahim, taught at Northwestern University for 35 years; her Jewish-American mother, Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod, did so for twenty years. Their daughter was raised a Muslim -- but in America, not the Middle East. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota and received her Ph.D. from Harvard. Abu-Lughod is married to another Columbia professor of Middle East studies, Timothy Mitchell, who shares her views about Palestine, Israel, and America. They and others represent an academy which has also sacrificed most real feminist values and curriculum for a hard-left agenda which masquerades as "feminism."

The author of the article observes:

They may study women for complex reasons, but they use their work to condemn the West again and again. Sadly, they are all speaking the same politically correct "feminist" language from which a universal concept of human rights for women has been utterly banished.

Once again, we see demonstrated that hatred of reason is the fundamental motive uniting all those who oppose western values.

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No, this is not some psycho deranged terrorist. It is a Columbia University professor.

Why is the first sentence negative?

Once again, today, I was stuck in a similar conversation. A guy was blaming African poverty on the slavery of the White Man. I told him they were poor cos they chose socialism cos they didn't want to do any work. He didn't want to listen. Told me I was a rich white guy who was making enormous amounts of money off their backs (implying slaves) and that of course that world worked for me but not for them. I asked him for his alternative. He didn't have one, since he had previously agreed that the USSR and Maoist China were sub-optimal.

What is a polite but rapid way to exit a conversation once you realize you are talking to a socialist? I still find myself wasting half hour chunks rehashing the same boring arguments, and cannot bring myself to pretend to agree with the guy to silence him.

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Rtg24, I end the conversation by asking them when was they last time that taxes and regulations produced prosperity? With their mouths hanging wide open, I usually say, exactly and then walk away.

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What is a polite but rapid way to exit a conversation once you realize you are talking to a socialist? I still find myself wasting half hour chunks rehashing the same boring arguments, and cannot bring myself to pretend to agree with the guy to silence him.

Once they get going, don't say anything. Just look at them straight with a neutral expression. To speed up the process you can also start raising a questioning eyebrow as the madness escalates. I have found that many times they will either start to backpedal, or start to weave themselves into more irrational arguments - sometimes even defeating their own previous points. If you have to answer anything use as few words as possible. When they've had enough you can exit with a "hmmm..." or "I see".

Since their philosophy is full of irrational ideas they're bound to, sooner or later, defeat themselves. And when you don't offer any argument, while they keep talking, you're shortening the process.

I remember a lady at work with whom this tactic worked wonderfully. She was quite nice and rather intelligent, but sometimes... sweet jeebus - the things she would say! Anyway, I had no desire to be rude, and certainly no time nor interest to argue with her. At first I gave her a baffled silence, which later turned into more amusement. It usually ended the same way, with her saying something to the effect of: "Oh, i'm not claiming this is true or anything, it's just one way to look at things!".

Regarding that article, I don't know what to say. Lila Abu-Lughod must have reached a rare level of insanity.

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Just when you thought irrationality could not get any more irrational, criticizing the barbarism of honor killings is now being classified as "simplistic, civilizational thinking." No, this is not some psycho deranged terrorist. It is a Columbia University professor.

Gotta re-post this on Facebook with a hat tip to you, Paul.

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Rtg24, I end the conversation by asking them when was they last time that taxes and regulations produced prosperity? With their mouths hanging wide open, I usually say, exactly and then walk away.

I did. He ignored me and said regulation was necessary and all speculation should be banned. And that we should tax the rich more to redistribute, and if I disagreed it was because I was born white and European, so the system fitted me well.

I told him if you had to sell your car now, and there was no buyer for six months, am I evil for offering to buy the car from you at a discount to sell it to the guy who wants it in 6 months? He told me it was not a valid example, although seemed confused when I asked him why.

I am willing to educate a child, but a grown man a decade or more my elder who displays such blatant lack of understanding of basic economics makes me very weary indeed. I cannot help but feel like John Galt & co in Atlas, that these people ought to have the system they so desire, and run it to the ground like they so desire. But that is already the case! A Bulgarian woman just told me I was evil for selling wheat to Africans when I could just give it to them. I told her that if I wasn't there selling to the Africans they would starve to death, as would the Columbian coffee farmers if I wasn't there with a ship to buy their coffee. She gave me a disgusted look and moved away swiftly.

I currently do not have any decorations in my studio, but I am tempted to download a photo of a green card, frame it and put it up on my wall to stare at in moments like these. Couple more years...

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...I currently do not have any decorations in my studio, but I am tempted to download a photo of a green card, frame it and put it up on my wall to stare at in moments like these. Couple more years...

I look forward to meeting you when your goal/value is achieved.

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I look forward to meeting you when your goal/value is achieved.

And I look forward to becoming your client when that is the case.

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While the crickets are chirping over at NOW, there is a group of women in Ukraine who are not taking Islamic maltreatment of women sitting down: Here.

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While the crickets are chirping over at NOW, there is a group of women in Ukraine who are not taking Islamic maltreatment of women sitting down: Here.

Thanks, mcvideo. Brave women!

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