I have a dear friend who has proven over the years to be remarkably prescient. As you may recall, on April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 innocents. The airwaves were instantly filled with talking heads, all chattering about Islamic terrorism.
Unusually for the blather that normally emanates from the talking heads, it wasn’t at all unreasonable for them to do so. This was only two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center and 12 years after the Beirut bombing that killed 241 American military personnel (as well as dozens of French military personnel). Oklahoma City looked like more of the same.
My friend, however, immediately said that the bombing was the work of home grown terrorists. He didn’t say this because he was in any way connected with these homegrown terrorists. He’s an ultra-Republican Jewish man who is as far removed from those terrorists as it’s possible to imagine. Instead, he said it because he’s a voracious reader, and is skilled at interpreting what he reads. Being aware of the animus these home grown nut jobs were expressing in the wake of Waco, his first conclusion was that the two events — Waco and Oklahoma City — were connected. He was right, of course.
But this isn’t a post about Oklahoma City. It’s just a set-up to tell you how smart my friend is. So I took him very seriously during a conversation shortly after 9/11 when we were talking about Islamists. I don’t remember what led up to it, but I distinctly remember him telling me that the intense hatred the Islamists feel towards the West all boils down to women. He argued convincingly that the Islamists are absolutely terrified that Western influences will break the choke hold they have on their women. That is, they’re not afraid that Westernism will increase their crime rates, or change their architecture, or mess with their traditions. Their overriding fear is that their women will be unveiled and become free to live as independent human beings, with intelligence and aspirations extending far beyond the burqa and harem.
My friend spoke based on his huge fund of knowledge, and his often startling ability to synthesize information. Dr. Sanity now makes the same point based upon her psychiatric experience. It began when Dr. Sanity received a couple of emails that attacked her ideas, not on substantive grounds, but on the ground that she, a woman, can’t possibly be expected to have an intelligent opinion. She used those attacks as a springboard to analyze the Muslim culture’s peculiar and scary obsession with and fear of women:
If there was ever in history a better example of the paranoid fear of female sexuality [than Islam], I can’t think of it. You don’t have to be much of an expert on Islam or Muslim culture to be able to observe that it has evolved into a societal structure whose primary purpose is to contain and manage female sexuality.
This containment has not only become a key aspect of the worship of their god; but it also is a key factor in individual personality development; as well as the main pollutant of all possible social interactions within the culture.
The men of Islam are obsessed with sex beyond even the wildest imaginings of the Western male’s mind. And the obsession is far from healthy and even further from reality.
We frequently joke about men’s preoccupation with sex and female body parts in the West, but our fascination with “T&A” is nothing when you consider that the Muslim world is literally consumed by female sexuality and with their fear of it. It is ironic that both Muslim men and women are under the mistaken impression that Western society is oversexualized compared to them, when in fact, it is practically impossible to be more obsessed with sexual matters than they are in Muslim communities.
Dr. Sanity points out that the Islamists aren’t subtle in demonstrating this overriding fear:
Enormous effort goes into veiling women, dressing women modestly, silencing women, covering women’s bodies, punishing women, controlling women, reviling women, humiliating women, beating women, subjugating women, avoiding the dishonor of women, keeping women uneducated, policing women, infantilizing women–in short, dehumanizing women in every way possible — all under the guise of “protecting” and “honoring” them as they relegate them to animal-like status.
From there, Dr. Sanity explains the Orwellian dimension that has Islamic women being horribly abused, but convinced that this abuse is for their own benefit:
The women in this misogynistic Islam are brainwashed from birth into thinking that this cultural preoccupation somehow is necessary and that it “liberates” them in some bizarre manner.
Amazingly, this medieval culture has grasped the fundamentals of both Orwellian and postmodern rhetorical rationalizations, that are so prominent in certain intellectual quarters within our own culture! I have heard the canned rationalizations coming from their lips of muslim women myself; and they all claim that it frees them from having to be “sexual objects.”
For all that the above packs a punch, it’s just the starting point. Dr. Sanity has a lot more to say on the subject, including a long discussion about how this horribly perverted view of women is a never ending petri dish for emotionally disturbed children, boys and girls, who grow up to become dysfunctional, violent, misogynist adults.
Incidentally, there’s a flip side to the sexual obsession that characterizes the Muslim view of women. Any culture that views women as such temptresses that they must be completely obliterated is also a culture that has a very low view of its men. We in the West expect that our men will be able to control their sexual urges. And for all that college campuses like to characterize all men as potential rapists, the fact is that Western men are spectacularly good at keeping a rein on their sexuality. I know that when I walk the streets of my community, I will not be verbally harassed or physically assaulted, and I know that this is due to the fact that the vast, way vast, majority of men I come in contact with are civilized beings who will not give in to their baser instincts.
Muslim culture has no such respect for its men. Just as it assumes all women are vile sexual temptresses, so too does it assume that all men are animals, incapable of exercising even a modicum of self-control when their hormones are triggered. That’s a pretty dismal view of mankind, reducing men to the level of animals. And considering that even dogs can be trained to control their impulses, it’s amazing how low on the evolutionary scale Islamic men have chosen to rank themselves.
Hat tip: Flopping Aces