Naomi Wolf (and those like her who will not see…)

What Muslim Women Want

Who would know better than this psycho from San Francisco? Recently she was attacked by “right wing” bloggers over her gushing burqa promotion schlock-piece, which found her some Islamic friends among the Muslim Brotherhood: Naomi Wolf takes on the hijab


wolf_narrowweb__300x384,0Finding no enemies, but plenty of (rich and powerful) friends in strange places…ah yes:  Wolf finds “Chanel-wearing media stars who are rebranding a more contemporary Jordan…”

In Defense of the Freedom Sack

Naomi Wolf/Kaleej Times

When caricature takes the place of dialogue, everyone suffers — especially when it comes to understanding issues affecting women, who struggle worldwide against being silenced. Some right-wing American bloggers recently twisted an article that I wrote in a way that did just that.

Oh, the irony:

Iran: Grand Ayatollah misunderstands Islam, thinks Koran forbids women to hold governing roles/quick Naomi: this is a case for you! Don’t you think you can straighten this misunderstanding “right winger” out?

I wrote that many women activists in Muslim countries tend to emphasise issues such as honour killings, legal inequality, and lack of access to education, and that they express frustration that the obsession among Westerners with Muslim women’s clothing can come at the expense of these concerns. I also pointed out that many Muslim feminists defend their dress in terms of nationalism, anti-imperialism, or as a matter of faith.

This provoked a small firestorm of distortion in the West: “Wolf Wants to Institutionalize the Burka,” etc. It was depressing to see a simple appeal for Westerners to listen to Muslim women deliberately distorted into a representation of all Muslim women as meek, will-less beings in need of rescue.I was so sure that Muslim women should be allowed to speak for themselves because of the faces of Muslim feminism I encountered in recent travels — notably in Jordan, a country fascinatingly poised between tradition and innovation, developing under a forward-looking monarchy that is seeking to modernise and, to an extent, democratise. For those Westerners who worry about Islamic fundamentalism in the Arab world, surely Jordan is a worthy model to understand, support, and engage. The women leaders I met in Amman were not saying, “Please tell the West to save us.” They were too busy making egalitarian, modernist new worlds of their own, with an Arab, and often Islamic, imprimatur.

Princess Rym Ali, sister-in-law of Queen Rania — the Chanel-wearing media star who is rebranding a more contemporary Jordan — is one vivid example; Princess Rym is making immense progress in a more behind-the-scenes way. She met me in a leafy Amman suburb, in the palace that she shares with Prince Ali and their 
small children. A former CNN journalist, her quiet bearing and diplomatic manner belie her courage: she captured her husband’s heart as she was reporting from Baghdad on the eve of “shock and awe,” standing firm before the cameras even as the bombs were falling.

Princess Rym and Prince Ali have supported a new film institute, the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, a joint production with the University of Southern California that is bringing together bright young people from all over the Middle East to learn contemporary filmmaking, apprentice with international film productions, and get the region’s stories out.

Though she can no longer practise journalism directly, Princess Rym is also co-founding new Jordanian journalism school. Her aim is to replace journalists’ acceptance of the “party line” — even if the party is her own extended family — with a more 
critical perspective.

She directed my attention to Jordanian-made films about the subordination of women inside the home, and to Rana Husseini’s powerful book on honor killings, Murder in the Name of Honour. But her implicit message was that these critical examinations of women’s inequality in the Arab world are most enlightening when they are created by women’s advocates from within that culture, rather than sensationalized or superficial versions of the problem created in the West.

Mary Nazzal, owner, with her family, of a chic and bustling boutique hotel, is another dynamo who looks as if she stepped out of a fashion shoot. But it would be a mistake to underestimate her seriousness. I call her “Martha Stewart meets Che Guevara,” because, when not renovating the elegant public spaces of her hotel, she is suing Israeli generals for war crimes that she claims were committed against civilians 
in Gaza. Nazzal was trained as a British barrister, and chairs the board of the Human Rights Legal Aid Fund. Her organisation is intent on using international law to hold accountable members of the Israeli military who put civilians in harm’s way during the invasion of Gaza — events that the recent Goldstone Report confirms.

She is passionate about the Palestinian cause, mixing her cutting-edge legal advocacy with a willingness to listen to decent people from all sides of the conflict, and a fierce attachment to peace in the region based on due process 
and justice.

Finally there is Rana Husseini herself — a role model for investigative reporters everywhere who began documenting and investigating honour killings in her newspaper, The Jordan Times. Honour killings claim an estimated 5,000 women every year, and are increasingly common in immigrant 
communities abroad.

After she began her series of reports, Husseini received death threats at her office almost daily — as well as hundreds of letters of support from readers. As a result of her brave investigations, which included interviews in prisons, many Muslim countries are revising their criminal codes, and the issue has taken centre-stage internationally.

These women are exactly the kind of leaders that everyone should be cultivating and supporting, rather than overlooking because of a belief that they cannot exist in the Middle East. We would do better to find out more about them than to waste our time on superficial debates about how they — and many others who are just as accomplished — should dress.

Naomi Wolf is a political activist and social critic whose most recent book is Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries. Distributed by Project Syndicate

From “Harry’s Place”

In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein – who is the coolest anti-Zionist ever – she says Israelis actually like terrorism, because it creates a market for stuff they’re good at making.

I confess, at first I didn’t get this, but when I thought about how important Israeli medical know-how is to the world, it began to make sense!

Finally, to enforce Israeli apartheid, we’ve got to get radical.  Think about this: the first two Hebrew letters are alef and bet.  Yes, Alef-bet … Alphabet!  So, as of the end of this sentence, I’m taking the ultimate step and boycotting the written word – that’ll show those Zionists!

7 thoughts on “Naomi Wolf (and those like her who will not see…)”

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  2. Thank you Jake.

    The utter and complete selfishness of the islamist thug – kill others to get into heaven!!!

  3. Naomi Wolf is just beneath contempt. Her “I am in a burqa and feel so free” story is pure bull. What an asshat she is! While she extolls the virtues of being a walking vagina, women and girls in Afghanistan are in hell behind that very item of clothing. It is a symbol of degradation and powerlessness. It is a symbol of inhumanity and war upon women. Shame on her, she can take the damned thing off, they can’t!!

  4. Muslim men must have very little self-control to insist on such a cover-up as the burqa to be worn everyday. I think that the burqa leads to fantasising, unfulfilled due to the stringency of Sharia, which leads to Islam’s mysogony due to no Muslim woman EVER putting out.

    It’s not particularly natural to NEVER has sex. Look at the animal world, free of religion, animals follow insincts. Not sex education programmes, or rather lack of them like in Sharia.

  5. I lived in the Middle East and got so fed up with having my butt pinched, I ended up wearing a robe/djellabah and was left alone. I was there the year before the Ayatollah Khoumeni came back from exile. I remember a film on at one time – Robin Hood And His Merrie Men with a very voluptuos Maid Marion being held by Robin with fullsome breasts very well displayed on a poster outside the cinema!

    Everybody was fed up with the decadence of the Shah and Empress Fara, which is why Khoumeni got back in. The burqa wearers were all in villages and now they live round the corner to me here in London!

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