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Islam versus Feminism

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My professor told me that men and women have different purposes, so we can’t protest how men are more “free”. We can’t protest on how wives have to do what the husbands say as long as it’s right. My Mom also told me that if your husband says no, then you don’t do it. However, there are feminists that are rebelling against this, they say that it’s sexist, women rights, equality, etc. What do you think about this? And what do you think about feminism? Sorry if it’s hard to understand.

It is true that men and women have different evolutionary purposes. I describe this in detail in my two essays Man’s Masculine Role and Woman’s Feminine Role in Family and Civilization and Civilization versus Feminism.

There are many types of feminists. Some of them believe in equal rights for women and there is nothing wrong with this. Others believe in women’s moral superiority and think that all men are inherently worthless

“I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” —Andrea Dworkin

“All men are rapists and that’s all they are” —Marilyn French, advisor to Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

“In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them” —Dr. Mary Jo Bane, feminist and assistant professor of education at Wellesley College, and associate director of the school’s Center for Research on Woman.

“The most merciful thing a large family can to do one of its infant members is to kill it.” —Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, in “Women and the New Race,” p. 67.

“We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men.” —Elizabeth Cady Stanton

These are feminism’s leaders and intellectuals. They have high-paying jobs as university professors and administrators, pundits and non-profit executives. These are not some crazy outsiders, they are at the center of feminism, and it is people like this who run most women’s studies departments at universities.

As for women who believe in the equal worth of men and women and simply want to promote equal rights and opportunities for women, then there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. So it is quite true that a Muslim woman can be a feminist and make a contribution to society.

There is a big difference between the old humanist feminism of Wollstonecraft and Stanton and the new radical leftist feminism in vogue today. The old one worked to end social injustice against women by demanding equal rights and freedoms for them. This old feminism is in keeping with Islamic principles and can serve a useful function in Islamic societies, ensuring that women’s rights are not neglected and women’s freedoms not limited due to un-Islamic cultural biases that exist in many places.

The new feminism, which is the doctrine of today’s women’s studies departments at universities, has little to do with the old feminism. It teaches that men are inherently evil and worthless, that men’s thinking is invalid, that the world would be a better place if all men ceased to exist. It promotes hatred and anger against men and civilization, teaching women to feel no moral responsibility toward their societies and to see everything from the highly skewed lens of a mythical war between the sexes. This view is highly un-Islamic, because it does not believe in the transcendent value of human life. It teaches that men are sub-human, lesser creatures, almost worthless. It teaches that a woman’s rights and feelings must be of the utmost importance while considering men’s (and boys’) rights and feelings laughable and worthless.

Any feminist Islam, therefore, must be highly sensitive to the differences between these two types of feminism and reject the new one in favor of the old, humanist feminism that truly believed in equality, in giving back to society, in cooperation with men rather than hatred toward them.

Patriarchy in the Quran

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Stick to posting Islamic art and quotes. Otherwise, go learn about the patriarchy and power imbalances before flaunting your misogyny everywhere. May Allah guide you.

Islam is a patriarchal religion, where men get a degree of authority over their women in their households, and with that authority comes the burden of having to provide financially for all of their female relatives, so that in a devout Muslim society no woman will ever have to work, though they can if they want to.

That authority is balanced by the fact that a woman can get a divorce any time she wants, and she is protected by all of her male relatives against any abuses by her husband, so that if her husband abuses his authority in any way, she can always leave him to find a better man. The Quran calls on men to fear God, to be kind, to be just, and to defend the weak (which includes the women and children among them) but it also gives them authority in their households.

So while in Islam we believe in the equal worth of men and women, and in equal opportunities for both, the fact that God has given men a rank over women in their households is in the Quran, and ignoring this and pretending it doesn’t exist is throwing part of the Quran away because it disagrees with your preconceived notions, because you think your inane feminist-inspired moralizing is better than God’s guidance.

The Quran, 2:85: “Is it that you believe in part of the Scripture, and disbelieve in part? What is the reward for those among you who do that but humiliation in this life? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be assigned to the most severe torment. God is not unaware of what you do.”

The Quran, 2:228: “And women have rights similar to their obligations, according to what is fair. But men have a degree [of authority] over them. “

The Quran, 4:34: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women [qawwamoon, literally “people of authority who watch over and maintain standards…”], as God has given some of them an advantage [in rank] over others, and because they spend out of their wealth.”

If you have a problem with a patriarchal society, you are in the wrong religion.

I encourage you to learn Arabic and read the Quran to discover the wonders of a society where men are not considered worthless and disposable like in the West, but where they are respected as figures of authority, and where a woman enjoys the peace of mind that comes with having multiple God-fearing men dedicated to her welfare, knowing that she could never, ever be homeless or wanting of food and income while a devout Muslim male relative remains to her, knowing that she can marry and divorce whoever she wants, start a business, or do whatever she wants with her life as long as it doesn’t go against God’s commandments, enjoying a peaceful life among men who like her and respect her and will not let anyone abuse her.

You are free to leave patriarchy, which means all sustainable civilized societies (all societies that have an above-replacement fertility rate, i.e. that are not on the path to extinction like Japan and Western Europe), to enjoy life among some Stone Age tribe where matriarchy is the order of the day, or in the ghettos and trailer parks of America where men belong to their mothers and do not know their fathers, where non-existent fathers make a patriarchy a practical impossibility, since patriarchy means rule of the fathers.

 

The coming end of White Americans…or not

Every other week a new batch of articles seem to appear in the media gleefully mentioning yet another statistic that shows why white people, you know, those bad, bad people who invented things like human rights and women’s equality, will soon disappear from the face of the earth.

One thing most projections fail to take into account is demographic segments. If a minority of a population has very low fertility, they can bring the entire population’s apparent fertility below replacement levels, so that demographers may blindly assume that the entire population is dwindling. But the reality can be the opposite; after a decade or two of population decrease, as the low-fertility minority dwindles, high-fertility segments of the population pick up the slack and fertility goes above replacement again.

Using politically-segmented demographic data from the General Social Survey (provided by the Audacious Epigone), I charted the change in the population of white people in the United States across the coming few generations, taking account of fertility rates, death rates and generational shifts in political leaning (using Gallup data). The surprising finding is that [trigger warning] white people aren’t disappearing, they are actually increasing.

[Link to the spreadsheet whence the data comes: Google Spreadsheets | Microsoft Excel]

Assumptions that went into my model:

  • 25% of the population is made up of fertile females.
  • The length of a generation is 28 years.
  • The fertile period of a woman’s life is 28 years (ages 16 to 44, for example). The usual assumption is 15-49. However, since the birth rate of above-45 women is negligible (less than 1%), and since teenage births are decreasing, a tighter range of 16 to 44 suggested by the 28-year fertile period is a reasonable assumption.
  • The death rate will continue to be 8.2 deaths per 1000 population.
  • 21% of offspring will move one step left on the political spectrum, 7% will move one step right, and the 72% remainder will follow in their parents’ footsteps (as suggested by the Gallup poll linked above).

Next up is the projected populations of the various political segments of the white population:

Here is the same data presented as a table:

Year Total White Population Extremely Liberal Liberal Slightly Liberal Moderate Slightly Conservative Conservative Extremely Conservative
2015 197.7 4.9 25.1 22.3 78.9 30.8 28.3 7.3
2043 229.9 7.0 26.9 29.5 87.2 37.4 32.6 9.4
2071 267.2 9.3 29.1 37.4 96.7 44.9 37.7 12.0
2099 310.2 11.8 32.0 46.0 107.7 53.6 43.8 15.2
2127 360.0 14.8 35.5 55.6 120.3 63.7 51.0 19.2
2155 417.7 18.1 39.7 66.3 134.8 75.3 59.6 24.0

The same data, presented as percentages:

Year Total Population Extremely Liberal Liberal Slightly Liberal Moderate Slightly Conservative Conservative Extremely Conservative
2015 197.7 2.50% 12.70% 11.30% 39.90% 15.60% 14.30% 3.70%
2043 229.9 3.04% 11.68% 12.84% 37.92% 16.26% 14.16% 4.10%
2071 267.2 3.47% 10.91% 13.99% 36.21% 16.82% 14.10% 4.51%
2099 310.2 3.81% 10.31% 14.84% 34.73% 17.29% 14.11% 4.91%
2127 360.0 4.10% 9.85% 15.45% 33.43% 17.68% 14.16% 5.33%
2155 417.7 4.33% 9.50% 15.87% 32.28% 18.02% 14.27% 5.75%

Below is the data aggregated by leaning (conservative, liberal or moderate). The green line shows the conservative advantage, the number by which conservatives outnumber liberals:

Here is the same data presented as a table:

Year Moderates Liberals Conservatives Conservative Advantage
2015 78.9 52.4 66.4 14.0
2043 87.2 63.4 79.4 16.0
2071 96.7 75.8 94.7 18.9
2099 107.7 89.9 112.6 22.8
2127 120.3 105.8 133.8 28.0
2155 134.8 124.0 158.8 34.8

If these numbers show one thing, it is that it is going to get increasingly harder for liberals to win elections as the number of conservatives grows. Liberals will have to continue importing benefits-dependent voters from poor countries to defeat the continuous increase in conservative voters.

My own feeling is that the white population will stay below 200 million until the 2030’s due to the increasing number of baby boomers dying, from then on things will follow the pattern suggested by the numbers above.