So, your very own Elspeth, a self-avowed feminist (since childhood) is waiting patiently for NOW, Fund for the Feminist Majority and other women's rights groups to talk about Sharia in Europe. She is waiting for the blizzard of emails to tell her to immediately write letters of protest to the British government explaining how women could lose their rights, money and possibly their lives under Sharia.
Ok, WHERE ARE YOU???????
So your very own Elspeth is FURIOUS.
Furious at mainstream feminists.
You ladies have bought into cultural relativity to the point that we can't talk about "honor" killings without being considered racist??
A lot of mainstream American feminists buy into cultural relativity because of the history of the Civil Rights movement, in which racial and feminist issues got combined. It's a political "marriage" that doesn't always work, as in the OJ Simpson case, where a clearly guilty man got away with two murders (and continuous domestic violence) and ended up getting custody of the kids. The mainline feminists, who usually speak out for female victims, were completely silent, blackmailed into it by the male black leadership. (Tammy Bruce has some interesting stuff on this. I actually was involved in the feminist movement in Southern Calfornia at the time she was, and I can vouch for a lot of what she says.) I see the same type of thing happening with discussions of "female circumcision" (really genital mutilation), the Indian practice of widow-burning, and other 3rd World phenomena, forms of brutality against women and children that are "justified" on a cultural basis.
I have also seen the mainstream feminists hold back during this election with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama's campaign, aided and abetted by a complicit media, let loose unfettered misogyny during Hillary's primary run. The DNC did NOTHING to fight back, even though this was one of their potential candidates, and the feminists were remarkably silent. However, when Hillary referred to Lyndon Johnson getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed (by arm twisting Congress) and signed into law, Hillary was instantly accused of racism. (I don't get it either, but that's what happened.) Every little comment that Hillary made was examined for anything that could be considered remotely racist, and when she referred to RFK's assassination, she was accused on progressive blogs, like Democratic Underground, of wanting to assassinate Obama. I kid you not.
Meanwhile, Obama was able to play "99 Problems and the Bitch ain't one" at his Iowa caucus win and his supporters were able to wear "Bros before Hos" T-shirts and no one called them on their obvious misogyny. The mainstream feminist movement was, again, silent. I am on several feminist mailing lists and have heard nothing from them in regard to the sexist discourse surrounding Hillary Clinton (or Sarah Palin, for that matter.) But when the New Yorker came out with a cover showing Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and Michelle Obama dressed as a 60s radical (the cover was satire), I got a blizzard of emails telling me how racist this cover was and that I had to write to the New Yorker to show my outrage. I thought the cover was clever satire, in the vein of Stephen Colbert, and felt no reason to complain. But this just tells you where the mainstream feminist priorities are, and they are, more and more, not my priorities. They no longer fight for women, unless the coast is clear and they are not "stepping on" someone else's race or culture. To me, feminist issues transcend race and culture because all women in all cultures have physical and societal vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.
Sharia is an absolutely horrific thing for women and children. I don't doubt that it was "progressive" in AD700, but we're a long way from that. There is a great book called "While Europe Slept" that details the many alterations made in European law and cultural practices to accommodate Muslim males over the past 20 years. (We know they're not accommodating the Muslim females, many of whom came to Europe to escape sharia in the Middle East.) It's a great book and a scary one. A friend of mine at the Pentagon (who has reason to know) tells me that Europe will be more or less Muslim in a generation or two. At the time he said this, I thought he was exaggerating. But with this development in Britain, I am beginning to think he is right.
I am a feminist army of one at the moment. I will fight against Sharia if it comes here. I don't give one flying damn about cultural relativity when all that term means is that women are allowed to die.
Hang it up NOW. Go away, Feminist Majority.
It's time for a new movement.