“Where is the feminist outrage over this?” is a question asked all the time on social media when someone posts an image or video of the hijab protests. In order to be fair, I should clarify that we are discussing the feminists in America and other western countries specifically.

First, I think we need to look at third wave feminism in America and see who they are. Probably, most recently-notable would be Linda Sarsour, who is one of the leaders of the Women’s March. They of course, had a large event this year. Sarsour is an American-born Palestinian woman who tells us that sharia law is “reasonable” and simply misunderstood.

She promotes the hijab as a symbol of ‘liberation’ and assures us all that Islam is a super feminist religion.

You can see many videos of her shoveling this and other assorted bullshit on YouTube, and I encourage you to do just that so you can see for yourself, because nothing I could write here would ever adequately show you what she’s all about. (Incidentally, “Sarsour” means “Cockroach” in Arabic, and Linda says she’s proud of that)

So, we have a Palestinian woman in a hijab who is a leader of the Women’s March trying to package and re-brand Islam as something feminist, liberating, awesome and wonderful that no one should be criticizing or questioning.

On the other hand, we have women in the Islamic Republic of Iran risking freedom and even life to protest the hijab they are forced by law to wear.

We’re beginning to see a conflict, aren’t we?

Islamic republics are Islamic, and to question is to be Islamophobic, xenophobic, and whatever other term they can sling your way.

We have a woman who is openly pro-Hamas (and is said to have actual ties with its members) and adamantly anti-Israel.

Iran’s regime is pro-Hamas and anti-Israel.

Our little conflict just got a bit deeper, didn’t it?

Now, normally in the liberal political world it would be pretty unspeakable to attack a person of color, or entire group of people, but Linda Sarsour skates on by after having done both of these things.

She has said that no one should tell Palestinians they cannot kill Jews, and launched quite the vicious attack against women who disagree with her.

The most notorious has to be her comments toward Ayaan Hirsi-Ali.

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The kicker? Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation, or FGM.

She is a women’s rights advocate, but also an advocate for universal human rights, and though Sarsour’s demented tweet is several years old now, her hatred for Ayaan is still very current. According to Ayaan, Linda Sarsour hates her because she speaks out against sharia law.

Sharia law, obviously is anything but compatible with western life or any other religion. Here are just a few tidbits:

• Theft is punishable by amputation of the hands (Quran 5:38).
• Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.

A woman or girl who alleges rape without producing 4 male witnesses is guilty of adultery.
• A woman or girl found guilty of adultery is punishable by death.
• A male convicted of rape can have his conviction dismissed by marrying his victim.
• Muslim men have sexual rights to any woman/girl not wearing the Hijab
• A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
• Girls’ clitoris should be cut (Muhammad’s words, Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).

In all fairness, Sharia law is practiced somewhat differently throughout the middle east, and varies from one country to another. In theory. In reality, more rural areas of any Islamic country are where you will find many things happening that might be more frowned upon in large ‘progressive’ cities such as Tehran.

I was surprised to learn that in Iran, child marriage occurs. I found out only recently when I stumbled across an Iranian activist, Anni Cyrus. Even my Mother did not know this, as she had seen no such thing occurring in Iran during her time there. Child marriage is freely allowed under sharia law, which became the system of laws in Iran when the revolution took place in 1979.

I wonder which part of sharia Linda Sarsour finds acceptable for women, girls or any human being in general? It clearly leaves absolutely no room for religious freedom, and in fact there are 13 countries where atheism or ‘blasphemy’ can be punishable by death.

These are the beliefs of a woman who is leading the feminists in America. If their marches and demands seem more convoluted and pointless than before, it’s because they are. They have dissolved into mass confusion, and are lacking all direction or coherent message.

(Other than “We’re still not over the election and hate Trump” it was just a miasma of pink rage and angst with no logic or reason to be found.)

How can these same women who would throw a protest march over a school dress code ignore women in Iran who are forced to wear a hijab or be arrested?

How are the same women who fight for their right to choose what happens to their bodies ignoring little girls who are held down and mutilated with rusty blades throughout the middle east and parts of Africa?

How are the same women with, as Katie Hopkins might say “A hashtag and a hard-on” with the #MeToo movement ignoring young girls being forced into marriage, raped, abused, and sold like cattle?

In short, how can these BE feminists?

They’re led by someone who makes no secret of her love for a set of Islamic-based laws that would remove every right they currently have. There would be no freedom of speech, and thus no more marches. No ability to do the only thing this group really does now, which is to protest the current President.

Women living under sharia law have only two basic rights.

To sit down and to shut up.

If they forget that second part, sharia allows them to be beaten until they do.

So, why are masses of these pink hat followers seeming to fall for this? These are the same women on a rampage over mansplaining, manspreading (manbreathing..) and they’re coddling an ideology of actual patriarchy and suppression of women because why?

Their fear of coming off “Islamophobic” is obviously much greater than their care for true oppression and patriarchy in this world. They shriek those words as if they hold any meaning at all here in the free world when they don’t, but turn their backs on their fellow women suffering the very things they never have or will.

Are they scared to offend their cult leaders, such as Linda Sarsour by speaking up? To her credit, Linda did mention Iran one time, but it was only to shame people for ‘selective outrage’ because while protests in Iran were current news, she needed to squash people’s speech about it. She cited Palestine and Yemen as her reasons that no one could be justified in any outrage for what Iran’s people are up against.

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Ex-Muslim women’s rights activists such as Ayaan Hirsi and Anni Cyrus expressed the opinion that Linda Sarsour has probably never even bothered to read the Quran. If she had, obviously her delusional narrative about women and human rights would be shattered.

Are her followers not capable of Googling, or are they just somehow so brainwashed by her that they don’t question what she says?

I can’t claim to know the answer to that, but this is my opinion of why we are not, and will not be seeing much public support for women in Iran from our so-called ‘feminists’. Iran is not the only country they willfully ignore, of course. At the moment, women and children in many parts of the world are being treated with cruelty and disregard, and we’re not seeing these vagina hat superheroes saying a word about any of it.

I suppose if calling a horrible third world country a ‘shithole’ is too much truth, then  criticizing governments, cultures and ideologies who abuse and oppress is more than they can offer.

Unfortunately, feminism in America has become nothing more than ‘resisting’ an election outcome they didn’t want, and demanding things like an end to tampon taxes because women in this country have long since won their rights, freedoms and opportunities under the law.

There simply isn’t much left to demand.

We’ve somehow gone from this..

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To this:

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Is it truly any wonder  that this group of  pink sheep, so easily led to believe that they are oppressed in the freest country this world has ever seen are so eager to swallow the false narratives and empty  talking points that Linda Sarsour and those of her ilk feed them?

The marching vaginas of America are truly a (deliberately) misguided bunch.

I wonder what a woman risking prison and death to wave a cloth on a stick would think of the slogans on their protest signs.

I would ask them, but the real and actual  tyrannical patriarchy that is Iran has severely limited their access to the internet, and monitors the few sites they can access. Saying the wrong thing can easily land you in a prison where you will likely be tortured or killed.

As it stands, all I can do is support them and those who share their stories. Sadly, even this small effort is more than we will see from the social justice crowd.

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-Rachel

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