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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Taking on the cultural revisionists

With the full horror of what happened to CBS News reporter Lara Logan in Cairo's Tahrir Square ten days ago just starting to come out, Phyllis Chesler takes on a group of writers who are unable to acknowledge the basic truth that Logan was raped (that term sounds so much starker than the blander 'sexually assaulted') by Muslims as an act of war against westerners.
Writing at the London Guardian, blogger Amanda Marcotte chose not to focus on this act of jihadic barbarism because she did not want anyone to draw negative conclusions about Islam, Muslims, Egyptians, or about the so-called Egyptian pro-democracy “revolution.” Instead, like many other commentators, Marcotte bemoaned the fact that “rightwingers” might now draw some politically incorrect conclusions. Marcotte writes:

“In this case, rightwingers who have an interest in stoking fear and loathing of Muslims worldwide pounced at the opportunity to smear all Egyptians with this crime.”

She dismisses the possibility that any “rightwingers” might have a genuine concern for the victim and condemns them all for using Logan’s public gang-rape and beating for “political score-keeping.” After all, every good multicultural relativist knows that all cultures, all countries, all religions are equal and therefore are pretty much the same—except for Western cultures which are somehow worse.

Thus, while Marcotte admits that Egypt is well known for its sexual harassment of women, she insists that women in the West, especially in the United States also endure street sexual harassment. Marcotte cites one study that shows that “up to 100% of women in the United States are sexually harassed” on the streets and claims that at similarly “jubilant” times, such as fraternity parties on the American college campus, women are also ”sexually assaulted.”

I doubt that fraternity gang-rapists curse their victims as “Jews.” But forgive me: I am about to accuse Islam and Egypt of having an anti-Jewish bias. I also doubt that boozed up American fraternity gang-rapists claim that they are overthrowing a dictator and taking power for the people.

In any event, according to Marcotte, “rightwingers” are also delighted to focus on the vulnerability of female journalists because “rightwingers” want to keep women pregnant and barefoot and out of the job market, certainly far away from war zones.

Well, at least they don’t want them to wear burqas. Again, forgive me: I am suggesting that burqas are not a sign of freedom but that burqas and face veils do, increasingly, characterize Islamic gender apartheid in a jihadic era; and that they were all over Tahrir Square.

Ultimately, Marcotte believes that the real assault on Logan is a “rightwing” “assault on all women who have ambitions, or who are willing to be out in public while looking attractive. This response to Logan’s attack should make it clear that the US and Egypt differ on the issue of sexual violence perhaps only in degree but not in kind.”
Read the whole thing.

I'm not familiar with the other writers Chesler cites - Asra Nomani, Kim Barker, and Sabrina Tavernise - but Marcotte is an all-purpose hater. She hates Jews and Israel as well. I guess she hates us enough to even sell out her own gender. Can a woman be misogynist? Marcotte is trying hard.

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At 7:03 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Poor Marcotte thinks she is a man! Lara Logan fell for the same thing!

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

All that incredible savagery aside, why the **** did the Daily Mail find it necessary to publish a photo of Lara Logan's home in DC? And mention that she has two young children?

Are those "journalists" half-witted or are they trying to further endanger her and her children? I honestly don't see a third explanation.

Comments on that, anyone?

At 9:37 PM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

No one really knows at this point exactly what was done to her. If and when those details come out, some of these people might find themselves standing on the wrong side of history - essentially just like Nir Rosen. It might not end up that way, but why would you want to risk it?

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The Obama Administration: Pushing the world into a mode where our daughters will not be able to leave home without tenting themselves and will have to take a male bodyguard... Hmmmm..... that set up sounds familiar somehow...

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

With these "progressives", it's almost like playing bridge. There is an established hierarchy of victimhoods and hatreds.

For example, under this metaphor, hating whites for purported "oppressing" of non-white victims is a numbered card. Way at the other end are the Ace, King, Queen and Jack of trumps: hatred of Israel, hatred of Jews in general, hatred of America, hatred of non-"progressive" Americans. Nothing beats those cards!

I've dealt with and attempted to have civil discourse with people like Marcotte. It's a waste of breath. They're rigid leftwing ideologues, sharing a 100% or nothing ideology. So yes, she does hate Jews and Israel that much. And I'm sure hates America and Americans almost as much. That's her "progressive" programming. Any other considerations are lower cards, so to speak, cheerfully disregarded when necessary for the "top trump cards".

I'm really not being facetious here. This seems to me how these "progressive" people really think. With some of them, it's almost a mental illness.

At 12:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - does Ms. Carl bag your lunch when you fly?

After what happened on EasyJet you may not want to eat food your rabbi hasn't personally OK'ed.

The passengers on the Israel flight couldn't eat treif food - and had to go hungry.

Oy vey!


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