Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Arab World's Spinster Problem, and Dr. Sanity's Solution 

In case you didn't see this nugget of misogyny uncovered by MEMRI I'll reproduce just a bit of it in the hopes you'll read the rest:

Dr. Muhammad Wahdan: If a girl says she doesn't want it, she's free. No problem.
Interviewer: Is this what happens in reality?
Dr. Muhammad Wahdan: I have no relation to reality. I am talking about how things should be.
Interviewer: You are a religious sheik, from Al-Azahar University. You cannot say you have no relation to reality.
Dr. Muhammad Wahdan: Reality is a mistake, we must rectify it.
In Egypt we have four and a half million spinsters. The definition of a spinster is a woman who has reached 30, without ever receiving a marriage proposal. We have a spinster problem in the Arab world, and the last thing we want is for them to be sexually aroused. Circumcision of the girls who need it makes them chaste, dignified, and pure.
I came across this at a number of sites, but was particularly impressed with the way Dr. Sanity put this sickness on the couch and diagnosed it.

The men of Islam are obsessed with sex beyond even the wildest imaginings of the Western male's mind. And the obsession is far from healthy.

So frequently do we joke about men's preoccupation with sex and female body parts in the West, that we have failed to notice that the Muslim world is literally consumed by female sexuality and with their fear of it. It is ironic that both Muslim men and women are under the mistaken impression that Western society is oversexualized compared to them, when in fact, it is practically impossible to be more obsessed with sexual matters than they are in Muslim communities.
She provides some examples to back up her assertion, and I hope you'll read them because they're right on target.

I thought I'd add one more indicator of the truth of this obsession that is available to many of us who have blogs or websites. When checking my blog stats, I find frequent search engine referrals to my site for variations on queries like "young Israeli nude girls". Over time, a very clear pattern has emerged from these daily hits: they come almost exclusively from a very short list of countries. I'll leave it to you to guess which ones they are, but let's just say they aren't countries where you'll typically find "Israelis" or "nude girls."

From there Dr. Sanity pretty clearly diagnoses the pathology at work:

Women become mere possessions-vessels/repositories of the impotent male's honor. That men and women could relate equally in every sphere of human endeavor is a concept that is so alien and so threatening; I suspect it is what partly drives the rage the males feel toward western culture in general.

Without the subjugated woman, the entire house of cards of Islam and Arab culture will come tumbling down.
More importantly, she offers a prescription:

I have said it before and I will say it again here: the treatment of women under Islam is not only the key to understanding the pathology of the culture, but also the key to developing an antidote to its most poisonous and toxic elements. Unveiling the women of Islam and eliminating their second-class status; empowering them in the oppressive Islamic countries where their individuality and self-expression has been crushed-- may cause a ripple effect that could eventually alter a family structure that currently encourages the development of generation after generation of dysfunctional and pathological men and women.
While I've never even played a doctor on television, I'll concur with Dr. Sanity's diagnosis. I've said it before too -- maybe with a little more sarcasm than Dr. Sanity's clarity and eloquence -- but freeing women trapped by radical Islam's strictures has got to be the way forward in slowly integrating the greater Islamic community into the modern world.

If you really, really liked this -- or even really, really hated it -- there's lots more: