Oppression in the Guise of Freedom
There is an excellent political cartoon that depicts two women walking past each other. One is a stereotypical Muslim woman. She is wearing a black burqa that only shows her eyes and hands. The other is a stereotypical Western woman. She is wearing only a bikini on her body and sunglasses on her face. As these two superficially different women approach each other, each is thinking the same thought. Each pities the other’s plight in not being free. Each believes the other is dominated by patriarchy. Is one right and the other wrong? Or do both women sense the evil of sexism in the "other" culture while downplaying their own society's sexist rules?
Latif Simorghi is an activist, blogger, and author.