Ms. Magazine Runs Mock Cover Highlighting Child Brides in Islam
In what could only be called a pig-flying moment (no halal pun intended), Ms. Magazine has published a mock magazine cover featuring “child brides.” And while it doesn’t specifically say Islam, it screams it â€” from the hijab to the references to Yemen ( an Islamic country) and acid attacks (notoriously Islamic).So many Muslim countries under the sharia allow child marriage, in accordance withÂ Muhammad’s preferences for child brides.Just last week, women in Iraq protestedÂ new sharia legislationÂ approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls (the age Muhammad consummated his marriage with his favorite wife, Aisha)Â and automatically give child custody to fathers.
And while it wasn’t Ms. Magazine’s idea, they wereÂ picking up the post from a crowdfunder site, they did run it, and for a sharia-compliant media, that is something.
Who needs childhood anyway?
Catapult backs up the covers with compellingÂ statistics:
- 14 million young girls will be forced into child marriages this year.
- In New York City, the average age a girl first falls victim to commercial sexual exploitation is only 13.
- An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked into slavery each year, the majority being girls.