Thursday, November 10, 2005

Islamic misogyny in France

Don't let anyone tell you the battles in France have nothing to do with the rise of Islamic culture in Europe.

This Reuters report on the conditions for teenage girls in some parts of France is enough to convince us that Western Civilization, what's left of it anyway, is still worth defending.

A few short excerpts, then you should read the entire article.
Even before the riots, Ophelia, 16, used to run home from school every day because she was afraid of being attacked in the maze of high-rise buildings in her suburb northeast of Paris.

A series of gang rapes in these bleak housing estates shocked France a few years ago. In 2002, a 17-year-old girl was set alight by an 18-year-old boy as his friends stood by.
Walking near a burned-out garbage bin, Ophelia's twin sister Sandra says the riots came as no surprise. Violence against and pressure on women is part of daily life in the suburbs, where boys can dictate how girls should dress.

"You have to behave like a guy and look like a guy. If you wear a skirt, you get into immediate trouble. You're a slut," says Sandra, wearing a baggy sweatshirt and jeans.
Pressure is mounting for Muslim women to wear veils. Forced marriages that snatch them from college and career -- where they do much better than their male schoolmates -- are on the rise.

The support group "Ni Putes, Ni Soumises" ("Neither Whores nor Submissives") says the number of forced marriages has risen in recent years, with roughly 70,000 girls pressured into unwanted relationships each year in France.
This kind of thinking is diseased.


At 3:26 AM, Blogger cinnamon-cannelle said...

You know the saddest thing? You don't even need to be in the suburbs for that. My cousin lives in Paris, in the XXth... She is white, 25. And gets nasty looks if she wears a skirt (lest's not even talk about a dress), and I can assure you that what she wears is no mini-skirt. She stopped wearing them by fear. It is dangerous to be a woman in big cities.


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