Less than two decades ago, feminist groups in America often targeted the poor treatment of women in Muslim-dominated countries. Oprah Winfrey famously took the burqa off of a woman to the cheers of 18,000 people in Madison Square Garden in 2001 to protest the fact that women in certain countries couldn’t go out in public without being covered, couldn’t drive, and couldn’t vote.
They were outraged back then. Today, there is barely a peep out of any of the prominent feminist groups despite the fact that the ill treatment of women by ISIS and even some Islamic nations themselves are much worse than they were before. They are no longer fighting for their right to drive a car. They’re trying to survive. Masses of women and young girls are held captive by the Islamic State. They are continuously raped until they are no longer physically able to be raped. Then they are killed.
Now that the threats are real and the stakes are high, the modern feminist movement is unwilling to face the big foe. They will happily attack Christian and Jewish organizations because they know that those organizations aren’t as likely to kill them. The Islamic State will. The Islamic State plays by no rules. The Islamic State treats women worse than any other entity in the world. Despite all of this, you won’t find the Islamic State, Boko Haram, or any of the other Islamic terrorist organizations on the list for these groups to go after. You will find evangelical groups on the agenda. You’ll find Palestine on the agenda with a very clear rhetoric about the state of Israel.
The hypocrisy is thick and Phyllis Chesler over at the New York Post did a very nice job of exemplifying this in an article titled, “As ISIS brutalizes women, a pathetic feminist silence.” It is pathetic. It’s absolutely deafening. Here’s an excerpt from her article:
These atrocities are war crimes and crimes against humanity — and yet American feminists did not demand President Obama rescue the remaining female hostages nor did they demand military intervention or support on behalf of the millions of terrified Iraqi and Syrian civilian refugees.