Radical Islam Is the Real War on Women

moroccoThere are some people who think that lack of government taxpayer-funded birth control constitutes a War on Women.

I think a court forcing a 16-year-old Moroccan girl to marry the man that raped her so that she can remain ‘sexually pure’ and he can avoid punishment is a War on Women. It’s hard to find sympathy for grad school students that don’t want to shell out $9 a month for birth control when things like this happen in the world.

Last year, Amina Filali was 15 when she was raped by a man 10 years her elder. Her parents pressed charges, but rather than drawing-and-quartering the guy, the judge ordered the two to marry in order to “resolve the damage of sexual violation to her.”

The judge wasn’t even out of order. He was perfectly in line with Morocco’s justice system:

Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the 'kidnapper' of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honor of the woman's family.

Amina went to live with her new husband rapist and his family, where she was so traumatized that she killed herself by swallowing a handful of rat poison.

Tragedies like this happen throughout the Middle East. Last week in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai endorsed a “code of conduct” that allows husbands to beat their wives and encourages gender segregation. So things would go back to the way they were in 2001 -- when women weren’t allowed to leave their homes without being covered head-to-toe in a burka and accompanied by a male relative.

Women in Saudi Arabia aren’t allowed to drive. They aren’t allowed to exercise either, which kind of makes a girl wonder how they go anywhere. Oh yeah, they’re at the mercy of whichever man they belong to. If they could drive, they’d be tempted to become dirty dirty whores

In Pakistan, a family made news by refusing to kill their rape-victim daughter. How messed up is that?

This is the real War on Women. Our sisters are suffering tremendous oppression. Radical Islam is not a religion that ‘pampers’ women, but treats them like dogs, completely subjugated by their masters. They are the victims. Not the grad students that had to buy their own condoms. 

Image via Maria Rosaria Sannino/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Anon

So because another country has it worse means we shouldn't strive to be better? So if our government decides to, hypothetically, take away our right to own guns we should take it with a smile since there are some governments out there that kill there people? Should a man who lost his arm just be happy he didn't lose two arms? And the man who lost his two arms be happy he didn't lose his legs too? And if the government takes away my right to do with my body as I please, I should be grateful they don't kill me? Yes, there are people out there who have it worse than us and sometimes it's good to put that into perspective. But to say something doesn't matter because someone always has it worse is really... dumb.

From what I've read, women just want their birth control covered by the insurance policy they already pay for.

And just something I thought of that was interesting: government funds births for uninsured women. Why is that acceptable but contraception isn't?

katyq katyq

The comment about saudi women not being allowed to exercise isnt true but everything else is and its disturbing. My husband is afghan and while he hapoens to be the best man ive ever known, I see pkenty of afghan men who are total pigs an their wives who accept it, ugh! We do have it very good here in tje west

katyq katyq

Sorry...writing from my phone

Maias... MaiasMommy619

These are not Islamic teachings...they are bullshit culturally charged crap that some "Men" made up....these women do need help from assholes like these. I find it ridiculous tho that the world blames Islam for these actions and not the men solely...its not Islam...its the men. These scum buckets use Islam as a scapegoat...

mik1of3 mik1of3

First...no one wants gov't /taxpayer funded birth control.  Fluke wanted the gov't to require insurance companies cover birth control.  Insurance policies which are paid by the policyholder.  Not taxpayers.  Before you start spouting the kool aid, make sure it's really kool aid, and not guyana punch.

Second, everyone knows that Muslim countries treat women like crap.  But that's those countries business, not ours.  Our country has enough of its own problems to solve...we don't need to be butting into anyone else's business.

jkm89 jkm89

While I understand your sentiment, truth is, horrible shit happens all over the world. You and I can't do anything about the way way women are treated in the middle east, but we can here. Don't tell us how we should feel about the "war on women" here in America, or tell us that because someone, somewhere else has it worse, our feelings don't matter.

You're using the way your "sisters" are treated to push your agenda of getting us liberals to hush up about those pesky women's rights issues.

Speaking of sisters, do you consider us filthy, birth control-loving, dirty hippy liberals your sisters too, or does that only apply when you're trying to gain sympathy for your cause?

bb510 bb510

Yes!!!! Thank you for writing this article! This "War on Women" crap has been driving me insane. American women have it pretty darn good and should have very little to legitimately complain about.

Prakash Sarko

OK, How much these three isolated events described above represent the whole of society. Are these statistically different to a stray westerner battering or killing their womenfolk? Islam, controls both men and women equally. If there are rules for clothing and restrictions for women, the same applies for men. The last day, I was sitting in a Park with a Russian Christian friend of an acquaintance, he was asking the other folk where he can find a chick for a shag that evening even though he has a doctor wife. Is this very respectful and empowering women?

jasmi... jasmineg86

yes, this story is horrible... but it happened in another country where we have no control over voting for leaders. thankfully we do have this right in the US and i am so glad i can use my vote for representatives that aren't interested in limiting my rights as a women to just what THEIR religion deems acceptable. while not as violent as this disgustingact- the war on women you are insistent doesn't exist comes from the same line of thinking:  "GOD/ALLAH/BUDDHA/.... says this is wrong and it should be law because my religion trumps your rights"

for someone so fired up about this, i would think you would agree that limiting women's rights to LEGAL activities in this county is abhorrent. guess not.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

This is why the United States must keep religion and government SEPARATE!!!

So NO wacky religious ideal is forced on anyone else! And I'm looking right at you Santorum and republicans and THIER war on women.

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