I don't know about you, but I have about had it with conservative politicians using "feminist" arguments to fuel resentment and outrage toward Muslims. It sickens me as a feminist to think that Muslims around the world might get the idea that feminists are racist or otherwise bigotted. This morning I heard the following BBC report:
Let's not forget that the frenzied Neo-cons around W have been all to happy to point out how atrociously the Muslims treat their women. They also encourage that states like Iraq develop a secular government, while at home they embolden and encourage the rabid right wing to interfere and have control over all aspects of women's lives.
Stop the madness.
On behalf of feminism, I want to apologize to Muslims, and particularly Muslim women, who endure unfair criticisms for their decision to wear headscarves. The politicization of the headscarf is the most cynical misuse of feminism for despicable and deplorable foreign policy aims.
While telling women who don't wear the hijab that they are like "uncovered meat" is a statement I find offensive; it in no way represents all Muslims, nor does it even suggest that Muslims mistreat their women. All that it does is give Australians (Brits and Americans) further fuel for their irrational hatred of Muslims. It also allows paints Muslim women as helpless victims in need of the safety and rescue of the strong American (men).
Look, the last people I want being chivalrous, or championing women's rights, are the Neo Con wackos currently killing these very women with their disgusting foreign policy!