Gloria Steinem should expatriate to the world of radical Islam.
It's the best solution for America and for our enemies,
judging from yet another ludicrous speech she delivered, Friday,
in Palm Beach.
According to the Palm Beach Post, "Whether discussing
pedophile priests, domestic violence or the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, Steinem found the inequality between men and women a
big part of the problem."
But, regarding Sept. 11th, it wasn't the radical elements of
the Muslim world that drew most of Steinem's ire. No. Instead,
it was the way "we" raise our men.
"We need to raise our sons more like our daughters, with
empathy, flexibility, patience and compassion," the Ms.
Magazine founder told the Palm Beach County YWCA, urging the
promotion of "[T]hese so-called feminine qualities . . .
present in men. . . ."
Yup, that's the solution to terrorism against Americans-let's
give our boys Barbies, pearls, and china patterns. Everyone
knows that would have prevented attacks on the WTC. And created
some real macho firemen and policemen to rescue the victims.
As the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto said, "What
do you mean, 'we,' Gloria? Our enemies are the misogynistic
ones. . . ."
While Steinem was busy attacking America's men and comparing
our alleged "cult of masculinity" to Hitler's
"strong, patriarchal, authoritative structure," she
needed a reality check from feminist delusions--like seeing what
happens where women are really oppressed: the world of radical
Here's some of what Ms. Steinem would face, while trying to
set up her NOW chapter in Wahabbi-controlled Saudi Arabia and
elsewhere in the Arab Middle East:
According to CNN.com, on March 11th, Saudi Arabia's mutaween,
religious police in Mecca, tried to keep girls inside a burning
school because they did not wear hijabs (head scarves) and
abayas (black roves) as required by the kingdom's interpretation
of Islam. The police, part of the Saudi Commission for the
Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, beat some of the
girls, stopped others who tried to help them, and blocked the
gates, resulting in 15 girls dead inside the blazing building.
Life in that world is so desperate for women that Bahraini
Royal Princess Meriam Al-Khalifa recently fled a life of
privilege and outrageous wealth for a life of low socio-economic
status as the wife of U.S. Marine Jason Johnson.
Then, there's the Islamist feminism exported here to the
U.S., courtesy of Princess Bunieh al Saud a/k/a "Princess
Bonnie." The niece of the current Saudi King, and the
daughter of the previous one, the 41-year-old al Saud's idea of
feminism is throwing her Filipino slave-maid, Ismiyati Soryono,
down the stairway of her Orlando townhouse in December. So much
for Steinem's whining about the female pay-scale. Soryono was
rarely paid her meager $200 monthly salary, was kept prisoner by
al Saud, and regularly subject to her beatings.
Well, at least Steinem would be proud about one thing-a
certain degree of gender equality in despicable, brutal
treatment of human beings. According to ABC News, human rights
groups (including Amnesty International) and the State
Department have repeatedly cited Saudi Arabia as a place where
foreign domestic workers, irrespective of gender, are enslaved
Of course, if Steinem were to head to the Israel, she could
join the Palestinian Authority's newfound equality for women.
Thank G-d (or Allah) for women's lib. Now, females, too, can be
suicide bombers. Remember the glass ceiling supposedly keeping
women from reaching the top, which Steinem and her crony-ettes
are always whining about? In Yasser Arafat's world, women can
explode their way through the glass ceiling-all the way to
Allah. The only problem is there really isn't much prospect for
career advancement after that. In heaven, you must be one of 72
virgins to be gainfully employed.
Yes, unlike our American "cult of masculinity,"
Steinem would encounter Arafat's own unique brand of feminism.
According to Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian
Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority (PA), through its
U.S. subsidized media outlets, like Palestinian Television (PATV),
are encouraging women to become suicide bombers. In a video even
MTV wouldn't run, a singer becomes a warrior in an army uniform,
encouraging violence and singing of her desire to die as a
suicide bombing martyr.
Unlike our "male-controlled" media, Al Hayat Al
Jadida newspaper gives women high marks for on the job
performance, praising female suicide bombers Wafa Idris and Abu
Asiyah as "heroines." "These actions . . . attest
to the Palestinian woman's capability to perform successful
actions." Al-Ayyam newspaper promotes Idris as a "role
model" for young Palestinian girls. So does Palestinian
Authority honcho Zaad Abu Ayin, who claims Idris
"represents the major role of the Palestinian woman in the
national struggle." Ditto for Raviha Diyav of the
Palestinian Women Union, who claims Idris illustrates "the
determination and resolve of the Palestinian women to
participate as full partners in the national struggle."
This is the ultimate progression in Steinem-esque thinking.
Al-Ayyam's "The Women's Voice" column honors Idris
and Palestinian women who blew up people in supermarkets and at
Hebrew University. PATV broadcasts constantly honor female
terrorist Dalal El Mughrabi, who in 1978 kidnapped and murdered
Israeli bus passengers, as "she who is building Palestinian
society." She frequently appears in PA newspaper crossword
puzzles with the clue "Famous Palestinian Martyr."
Steinem wants to feminize our men. The PA is masculinizing
their women. Both paths are deadly. Al Hayat praises a bride for
demanding, "I do not want gold, or a diamond ring, or
jewelry, but rather an M-16" with which to kill Jews.
Since Steinem thinks our "androcentric" society is
the root of all evil, she should try her shtick in our
Middle-Eastern nemeses' homelands.
Judging by their cavalier regard for female life, her turns
at donning mini-skirts, a bunny costume for Playboy, and
complete nudity at age 50 in a bathtub, would probably make a
lasting impression in the Middle East. Immediately on her
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