Women’s Lib, what it really means:
When a certain faith insists on segregation inÂ publicÂ buildings…. well, go right ahead:
Take a look at this photograph. It appeared inÂ The Toronto Star‘sÂ education section
Why do ‘human rights’ fly out of the window when confronted by Islam? Why does liberal democracy take a back seat in the toleration of sharia law? Why do universities and public institutions bend over backwards to avoid the charge of ‘Islamophobia’?
- Mark Steyn: how unclean was my valley
- Canada 2011: Muslim girls sit in back, menstruating Muslim girls in …
- Islam in Canuckistan: Menstruating Females Squat in the Back …
In principle, we should be free to associate as we choose.
The Left is furious when private clubs exercise that freedom. From four years ago:
Private clubs enjoy an automatic exemption from anti-discrimination laws and are free to restrict membership on attributes including gender.
Attorney-General Rob Hulls has indicated he would like to change the situation when state cabinet considers a rewrite of the Equal Opportunity Act, passed in 1995.
Major changes up for consideration includeÂ ending the automatic exclusion for private clubsÂ and allowing the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to initiate its own anti-discrimination actions.
But when a certain faith insists on segregation inÂ publicÂ buildings…. well, go right ahead:
On April 13, a lecture entitled “Islamic rulings on Jihad in Syria & why great scholars’ silence” (sic) was held in the university’s Copland Theatre by Islamic education organisation Hikmah Way.
At the entrance to the lecture, attended by The Australian, signs directed “sisters” to the back of the theatre, and “brothers” to the front. Asked whether seating was segregated, a male attendee said: “It usually is here, yeah.”…
Gender segregation was also encouraged at an information session for prospective Australian Islamic Peace Conference volunteers held by the Islamic Research and Educational Academy at the university’s Public Lecture Theatre on March 10.
The Australian understands the practice has been encouraged at many similar events held at the university in recent years.
On Tuesday, the university was made aware of these events and asked about its policy on gender equality and whether it would consider prohibiting gender segregation at events held on campus.
A spokeswoman said yesterday the lecture had been held by a non-university organisation and run as an external event.
One Leftist, at least, is consistent in her beliefs:
University of Melbourne gender politics professor Sheila Jeffreys said she was shocked to learn that this “form of subordinating women” was taking place on an Australian university campus.
“There needs to be great outrage about this,” Professor Jeffreys said. “It is a Rosa Parks moment . . . Making women sit at the back in lecture theatres is sexual apartheid…
“Religious ideas that so blatantly make women into second-class citizens are not worthy of respect…”
Professor Jeffreys said the events at the University of Melbourne were part of a “wider trend” that was seeing women’s equality rights eroded under the mantra of religion and culture, even at the level of the UN.
University of Melbourne student union women’s officers Amy Jenkins and Mercedes Marsh declined to comment until they had the opportunity to meet with their Women of Colour Caucus on Wednesday.