Why Don’t Feminists Go To Saudi Arabia and Get To Work?

Women in Saudi Arabia

Why do western feminists continue to ignore the treatment of women in Islamic cultures?

If feminists in the west really want to wrestle with the real oppression of women, why are they so focused on non-existent faults in our country? Shouldn’t they be setting their sights on Islamic nations; namely Saudi Arabia? We hear feminists rattle on incessantly about non-existent rape culture in the west while there is a very real rape culture within Islamic countries. Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women is barbaric in every sense of the word, and yet we hear nothing from their western feminist counterparts. Only recently did King Salmon of Saudi Arabia allow women to drive for the first time, and still even that story got limited coverage here in the west.

Saudi Arabia is a country that treats women like cattle, has for a long time, and continues to here in modern times. Below are just some of the restrictions that Kingdom places on women in the country.

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A woman using an iPhone visits the 27th Janadriya festival on the outskirts of Riyadh February 13, 2012. The two-week-long festival showcases Saudi Arabian culture and traditions. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

1. Women may not make decisions without male permission

All women in Saudi Arabia are considered to have a male “wali” – an official guardian, typically a father, brother, uncle or husband. Although guardianship is not enshrined in written law, government officials, courts, businesses, and individual Saudis generally act in accordance with it.

In may of 2017, activists won a small victory when King Salmon issued an order allowing women make certain decisions without their male guardian such as attending university, taking a job, or undergoing surgery.

2. Hijab and the dress code

The Hijab and abaya is mandatory dress for women in Saudi Arabia. Not covering the face and hair when in public or when in the presence of men is punishable by public humiliation, lashes, or worse. Not to mention the middle east is a desert climate, and the Hijab and abaya are typically made of black polyester – a non breathable fabric. This means that not only are women hidden under what are essentially garbage bags, they have to deal with the sweltering heat as well.

3. Sex segregation

As a general rule, men and women are to be kept separate at all social gatherings. For a woman to associate with a man who is not a relative is to be harassed by the Islamic police, or even charged with committing adultery, fornication, or prostitution  – all of which can carry the death penalty. Most homes in Saudi Arabia have two entrances – one for the men and one for the women. Businesses, banks, and government buildings also require women to enter through special segregated doors. Public transportation is segregated, as are all public places. Restaurants are especially strict since eating food requires removal of the veil. Married men and women are seated separately from single men, and often behind a curtain or wall. This Starbucks location in Riyadh banned women from entering.

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This Starbucks in Riyadh Saudi Arabia posted a sign not allowing women to enter.
Starbucks in Saudi Arabia
Sign not allowing women to enter on Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi

4. Family life

Although forced marriage was banned by religious authorities in 2005, a marriage contract in Saudi Arabia is between the husband-to-be and the father of the bride. Neither a man nor a woman can marry a non Saudi citizen without official permission. In 2016, it was announced that married women were also to be given a copy of the marriage contract so as to “ensure her awareness of her rights and the terms of the contract.”

Until 2013, domestic violence against women was not a criminal offence in Saudi Arabia. Although a law was passed, it is seldom enforced.

There are no laws defining the minimum age of marriage in Saudi Arabia, so often women as young as 9 are entered into marriage with much older men. The Prophet Muhammad is said to have had many wifes, and many of them being young children. Within some Islamic circles, young women and children are sold into sex slavery – a practice that continues outside of the law even today.

5. Rape is legal

Under Sharia law, there is no written law which specifically criminalizes rape or prescribes its punishment. The rape victim is also often punished after a rape if it is found that she was out without her male guardian. That’s right – according to Sharia law, if a woman leaves the company of her male guardian and is raped, it is considered to be her fault and she is punished. This is justified by court rulings that the woman had committed adultery by provoking the attack, and of not being adequately covered. Remind you of Sweden?

There is also no law against spousal rape, or statutory rape – a common practice.

Why do western feminists continue to appease Islam?

Critics of Islam in the west are accused of being bigoted or Islamophobic by the left, and especially by their radical feminist allies. Every time I have argued with a western feminist about the treatment of women in the middle east, they always try to avoid the conversation. The chalk it up to “cultural differences” and that we should be sensitive to other religions. “Christianity is no better” is another nonsensical argument from these feminist types, as though Christianity hasn’t been though reformations. They see all religions as equal, and all cultures as equal. This is the big lie of egalitarianism at work. The proverbial head-in-the-sand syndrome.

The fact of the matter is that these radical leftist feminists simply don’t know anything about sharia law, nor do they care to learn. They don’t want to be distracted from their fantastical made up war against men in the west by real issues of female oppression. That would just be inconvenient to their cause. They are too busy worrying about a dumb joke Donald Trump made on a bus 10 years ago.

Why do feminists continue to appease Islam while ignoring it’s blatant contempt for women’s rights in the middle east?

Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Because Sharia law, and Islamization of the west is an enemy of the political right, they aren’t interested in joining the fight against them, even if it means allowing true injustice to continue unchecked. Such is the pathological narcissism of the left, and their relentless ideological selfishness. They are willing to ignore the victims they purport to help in order to protect their political doctrine from scrutiny.