Was wollen muslimische Frauen?

NEW YORK – Wenn Karikaturen an die Stelle des Dialogs treten, leiden alle – insbesondere wenn es darum geht, Themen mit Auswirkungen auf Frauen zu verstehen, die weltweit dagegen ankämpfen, zum Schweigen gebracht zu werden. Einige rechte amerikanische Blogger verdrehten vor Kurzem einen von mir geschriebenen Artikel in genau dieser Manier.

Ich schrieb, dass viele Aktivistinnen in muslimischen Ländern dazu neigen, Themen wie Ehrenmorde, Ungleichbehandlung vor dem Gesetz und fehlenden Zugang zu Bildung zu betonen, und dass sie sich frustriert darüber äußern, dass die Obsession des Westens mit der Bekleidung muslimischer Frauen zu Lasten dieser Probleme gehen kann. Ich wies zudem darauf hin, dass viele muslimische Feministinnen ihre Bekleidung als eine Frage des Nationalgefühls, des Antiimperialismus oder als Glaubensfrage verteidigen.

Das hat im Westen einen kleinen Feuersturm der Verzerrung ausgelöst: „Wolf will die Burka institutionalisieren“ usw. Es war deprimierend mit anzusehen, wie eine einfache Aufforderung an die westliche Welt, muslimischen Frauen zuzuhören, bewusst zu einem Bild verzerrt wurde, in dem alle muslimischen Frauen als unterwürfige, willenlose Wesen dargestellt wurden, die der Rettung bedürften.

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