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After Ann Althouse started bitching about Jessica’s posture, Amanda had someone photoshop a burqa onto Jessica. Certain black and Hispanic Americans who think that their skin color allows them to speak for the entire third world then started getting offended.
Brownfemipower first bashed Amanda in a post that can be described with every Orwellian compound – duckspeak, doublethink, blackwhite, and so on. Bitch | Lab then upped the ante and claimed that Amanda was oppressing nonwhite women because the Taliban came to power with the help of the US.
Ignoring the fact that burqas are not veils, BFP proceeded to systematically portray feminism as a form of colonialism, even though modern Western feminism’s views about gender issues in other cultures are taken from each culture’s own feminist movement.
There’s something hypocritical with the way some American radicals try to enamor themselves to non-Americans, but in the process reduce them to pawns in their own internal politics. The forced burqa really is oppressive; feminists have been saying so for many years, only to have their complaints fall on deaf ears up until after 9/11. Any ideology that mandates that people should shut up unless nobody in power will listen is rotten at its core.
The most egregious examples of this practice come from post-colonialism. Instead of working to cause e.g. the Tamils and the Sinhalese to stop murdering each other over historical grudges, certain radical post-colonialists prefer to point fingers at some Western power. Sinhala and Tamil nationalism, Muslim fundamentalism, and Hindu fundamentalism are blameless; white people and only white people are responsible.
It’s no coincidence that Muslim feminists call bullshit on this whole deal. Taslima Nasrin has been bashing the West’s inaction for many years; if she were a white American, the nonwhite nationalists of the blogosphere would no doubt call her a racist. I’ve emailed the Muslim bloggers I know asking for their input; so far only one has replied, Abbas, who said, “People have become so damn sensitive! Please, it’s a joke, for God’s sake” (the rest of the email is in a comment of mine on Majikthise).
It’s only the radicals who have time to pontificate about inconsequential practices or about their right not to be offended. It doesn’t matter if their radicalism is leftist or Muslim or Christian. In each case, they’re clowns when out of power and tyrants when in power. Getting offended at ideologically unapproved jokes makes for great laughs, until the people who get offended start legislating their twisted morality, in which case you get a society as closed as Afghanistan.