The queer and twisted world of Huda Jawad

Banning the burkini is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye

Huda Jawad’s jihad is trying to change perceptions, which is also a form of Mohammedan agitprop. According to her logic we should ignore FGM, child-marriage, wife-beatings, honour-killings & polygamy, and regard the defence of our (beach-) culture and civilisation “misogynistic”. Western people need to come to terms that Mohammedans have very queer and twisted morals and hate our way of life. What we must never forget is that Muslims will kill and die to make Islam rule over us.

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Choosing to conflate a cultural and religiously inspired mode of attire – which women choose to wear to feel safe from the sexual gaze of society while partaking in a very ordinary pasttime – with a terrorist group is a convenient ‘othering’ of fellow citizens in times of national crisis

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It has been a bad few months for women – the attack on Channel 4 news anchor Fatima Manji by Kelvin MacKenzie for fronting the news on the day of the Nice attacks, followed by Donald Trump’s accusation that a dead Muslim American Serviceman’s mother isn’t “allowed to speak”. The announcement of the opening of a “fellatio café” in London in December 2016 servicing only men’s desires with coffee on the side was a similarly shocking moment, in addition to the TUC’s report on sexual harassment of women in the workplace, the investigation by the Women and Equalities Committee on the prejudices faced by Muslim women in employment.

This week, we heard the announcement by David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, that he is prohibiting access to the beach to anyone wearing inappropriate swimwear that does not “respect good customs and secularism”.

I had my face in my palms wondering if it could get any worse, and then Thierry Migoule, head of Municipal Services in Cannes stated that the rule is about banning “ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us”.

Choosing to conflate a cultural and religiously inspired mode of bathing attire – which women choose to wear to make them feel safe from the sexual gaze of society while partaking in a very ordinary pasttime – with a terrorist group is a convenient “othering” of fellow citizens in times of national crisis.

No woman “chooses” the wear the burqa.  Muslim men beat them blue and green if they don’t wear it.  But this dumb twat would have you believe they do this out of their free will.

The greatest causalities of Isis have been Muslims, and the banning of the burkini illustrates the extent to which France’s fundamentalist secularism is singling out the most visible and vulnerable group in society for blame.

Yawn. Same old victimhood grievances.

Since when did wearing a burkini, in most cases a loose fitting nylon version of a wetsuit, become an act of allegiance to terrorist movements? Do Marks & Spencer or House of Fraser know that their attempt to raise profits and exploit a gap in the over-saturated clothing market is selling and promoting allegiance to Isis?

Our laws. Our rules. Mohammedanism has no place among us.

What is it about French secularism’s blindspot to its own racism and misogyny? The obsession to the point of fetishism with Muslim women’s mode of dress and covering curtails the most basic of human rights – that of self-determination and freedom of expression. As Arundhati Roy so eloquently put it, coercing a woman out of the burka instead of enabling her to choose is an act of violence, humiliation and cultural imperialism. Instead of extending the hand of fraternité, Mr Lisnard and his supporters are excluding Muslims, if not pushing them into the arms of radicalisers.

Arundhati Roy’s place is in a mental institution, not among civilised people.

Such policies and acts of discrimination are examples of how Islamophobia is more likely to manifest itself in a gendered way which targets and affects women uniquely, adding to their misogynistic oppression and religious victimisation.

You are a victim of your religion, Huda. But you’re also a perp.

Similar to the Everyday Sexism project, my friends and I sit and exchange stories of incidents that we would post on our imaginary “Everyday Islamophobia” blog. These daily micro, and at times macro, aggressions indicate the extent to which misogynistic Islamophobia has become normalised in Western discourse and public debate.

That’s what I call a wankfest for imbeciles.

What hurts the most is the silence of fellow mainstream and “western” feminists whose voices would have a significant impact on how these issues are framed and articulated. Their solidarity would mean so much to their Muslim sisters across Europe and the world.

There maybe some who are dumb enough to join you. Keep trying.

The Mayor of Cannes and the extremist secularism in parts of France and Europe are, in this instance, the other side of the coin to Saudi Arabia, Iran or, dare I say it, Daesh in Raqqa, where enforcement and regulation of women’s clothing and bodies is mandated by men acting in the name of the state.

Men are all the same, don’tcha know. Here’s a mayor in France, over there we got the head chopping savages from ISIL. What’s the difference?

It is when we cease to treat women’s bodies as commodities, using them to score points in ideological wars which strip them of control over their own bodies and deny them the right to choice that we honour libertéegalité and fraternité.

Well, that was a lousy try to appropriate some Frenchness which a Mohammedan simply cannot relate to.

Huda Jawad is an advisor at the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies

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