Every time there is an Islamic challenge to Western “women’s issues,” our feminists fail the test. Look at what happened during a Swedish trip to Tehran.
On January 20, while at the White House, Donald Trump was signing his first executive order, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin was photographed sitting at her desk and signing an order alongside seven other female ministers. “We are a feminist government and this picture proves it,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. In 2014 the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, formed a coalition between his Social Democratic party and the Greens, and since then, Sweden has claimed to be the first “feminist government” in the world. Except when a large Swedish delegation travels to Iran.
The Swedish Minister of Commerce, Ann Linde, and ten other female members of Löfven’s cabinet paraded in front of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other ayatollahs wearing hijab, chador, and long coats, in obedience to the laws of “modesty” that Iran mandates. This despite the Swedish promise to promote “a gender perspective at the international level” and to adopt a “feminist foreign policy” in which “equality between women and men is a fundamental goal.”
Thus feminists in power in Sweden have ignored the recent appeal of the Iranian women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad, who had called on European leaders to refuse to bow to the Islamic veil. “European female politicians are hypocrites,” says Alinejad. “They stand with French Muslim women and condemn the burkini ban — because they think compulsion is bad — but when it happens to Iran, they just care about money.”
The Swedes, in fact, were in Iran to sign many contracts. “If Sweden really care about women’s rights, then the female ministers never should have gone to misogynistic Iran in the first place,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. After the attacks of the Liberal leader Jan Björklund in an interview with the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, Ann Linde has defended herself by saying that she was not willing to violate Iranian law, which has made it mandatory for women to wear the headgear in public since the Islamic revolution in 1979. According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, there were 11 women on the Iranian trip out of 15 in total of the delegation. The Swedish officials were photographed wearing the Islamic obscurantist veils “almost all the time” they were in Teheran.
Yet there was another female European leader who has refused to give in to the blackmail of Islam: the German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen, who a month ago, during a trip to Saudi Arabia, refused to wear the veil and the abaya, the traditional long dress. Ursula von der Leyen has proven herself to be more courageous than the feminists in power in Sweden, who are always ready to plead issues of principle when at stake are the hymen and the hair of Western women or the Muslim swimsuits in the French Riviera, but who become submissive and promptly relativist as soon as they land in Tehran. For these feminists, domination comes only from the white male Europeans. The feminist Rebecca Brink Vipond said it: “I won’t take the bait of a patronizing call for feminists to set aside their goals in America to address problems in Muslim theocracies.”
The feminists of the National Women’s Studies Association, who voted for a boycott of Israeli colleagues, did not condemn the atrocities perpetrated on women by Hamas, Islamic State, Boko Haram and Taliban. They did not pass any resolution on the female genital mutilation and marriage childhood in the Arab-Islamic world and Europe’s Muslim enclaves.
Look at what happened also during the burkini affair. Western non-Muslim women dumped tons of sand outside the French embassy in London and sported burkinis to protest against the French law banning this obscurantist Islamic garment. The New York Times ran an article titled: “At the beach with my burkini.” To quote Eiad Shalabne: “By banning the burkini, the French view themselves as the ones liberating veiled women from Muslim patriarchy. Instead, they are only imposing a different form of oppression.”
Elisabeth Badinter is one of the very few Western feminists who dared to speak the truth about Islam. Christine Delphy, who in 1981 founded, along with Simone de Beauvoir, the magazine Nouvelles Questions Féministes, called Badinter an “Islamophobe” for her uncompromising stance on freedom and women’s rights. Badinter testified at the National Assembly of France in favor of the law that banned the burqa in the workplace. She penned an open letter to Muslim women: “Are we so despicable and impure at your eyes as to refuse any contact, any connection with us, till the smile?”
Another brave feminist is Elisabeth Lévy, who fought all the progressive struggles. Then she wrote a book, La gauche contre le reel (The Left Against Reality), explaining why she abandoned her old comrades in the struggle. “They have become moralists and unrepentant puritans.”
How is it possible, in fact, that a Swedish or American feminist would defend this Islamic medieval tradition? The Islamic veil directly contradicts the Western values that the relativistic and romantic Left, to which the Swedish feminists belong, defends them with such enthusiasm. Islamic supremcists understood this sick psychology among our feminist élite, who are so terrified of being accused of “xenophobia.” In a speech at the Independent Women’s Forum, Ayaan Hirsi Ali declared that feminism in the West has “won,” but also that feminists are now wasting their victory on “trivial bullshit.” “We are seeing that Western feminists are shy about pointing out the misogyny that’s committed in the name of the religion of Islam, because they feel we can’t impose our ethnocentric or Eurocentric or American-centric ways,” Hirsi Ali also said in an interview.
The Islamic world accuses the West, and many Western feminists are participating in its campaign, so that Western “responsibility” is always affirmed with indignation and contempt. No speech on the Third World can end until these feminists echo a leitmotif: “Only the white man is evil.”
Islam hypnotizes these Western feminists and uses the veil against them. That was the meaning of the feminists’ sinful silence about Cologne’s “multicultural gangbang,” as it was called by the German journalist Alice Schwarzer. While thousands of Yazidi women were still enslaved by the Caliph, American feminists were busy protesting against Donald Trump.
If these feminists don’t change their views, Islamic supremacists will force them into clitoridectomies and burqas.