This Muslim Pakistani dude is all rah-rah Islam. His religion is the greatest! It’s so great, he claims, that Christian women—i.e. white chicks—are converting in absolute droves. Why? Because Islam “gives women uncanny respect in the society especially in the roles of Mother, sister, daughter and wife.”
(As long as they don’t get themselves raped).
The dude is getting his information on white chick conversion from a Christian Science Monitor article which in fact suggests that Europeans—both women and men—are defecting at a rate of only a couple thousand a year, a veritable trickle. But it’s still significant to this spinster aunt that any women at all would volunteer for such a narrowly-defined, super-submissive gender role. What gives?
What gives is, why shouldn’t they? A commenter in a recent thread on this very patriarchy-blaming blog revealed how relieved she was to turn 40. No longer of interest to the repellent male gaze, her days as a sex object were done, and she could now embark on a career of lo-stress invisibility. Despite the fact that no man of 40 is rendered automatically invisible, she finds her own public insignificance infinitely preferable to being constantly assessed by men as a potential receptacle.
If we hear remarks like this from a patriarchy-blamer, is it really so bizarre that regular Western women, exhausted by the sexbot mandate to conform to impossible 90-lb supermodel bowling-ball-boob physical standards, by the constant pressure to be hot, kinky, and wild, by Botox, by having to shave their pits, by cruel shoes, by hating their ugly selves and hating other women who get better cosmetic surgery than they do, by men who would rather live without them than live without pornography–might find a simpler, more straightforward standard of femininity more appealing? The Islamic feminine is so uncomplicated. You just drape yourself up to your eyeballs in yards of solemn fabric, agree to shut the fuck up, and voilÃ . You’re celebrated for your piety rather than reviled for your unsightly asymmetrical labia.
Sadly, these convert gals are in for it. For Islam, like Christianity and Judaism and Skank-worship (the West’s other religion), was invented by dudes, for dudes. Control of women is central to all these cults. In fact, from the point of view of a woman who fancies herself a human being, the only differences between them are the props (and the degree of public humiliation—there is never no humiliation—she will suffer if she happens to piss off any dudes).
A woman functioning under the auspices of any of these misogynist doctrines is degraded; she exists only in terms of men. She has as her central duty the business of ministering to male whims. She lives in a constant state of reaction to male laws. Her ceaseless (yet fruitless) solicitation of the respect of males defines her. To the male who offers the best deal, she agrees, by legal contract, to whore herself. Washington wife-ofs are whores. Strippers are whores. Those somber chicks in scarves are whores. Brass pole = hijaab = cultured pearl choker.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Pakistani dude worries that Skankism is creeping into Islam. Be of good cheer, Muslim Pakistani dude! Skankism is a detail, a minor detail. Control of women—patriarchy’s raison d’Ãªtre—is not the slightest bit endangered by slow-dancing or miniskirts. Patriarchy has successfully planted in every woman the seed of fear that keeps us all in line. A woman is always rapeable, whether she’s rolled up in black muslin or sliding down a brass pole on her prehensile beaver.