The contemporary women’s movement for equal rights has some new faces in 2017. Previously a designated “champion of change” by the Obama White House, and a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Linda Sarsour was one of the four national co-chairs of January’s Women’s March On Washington. A new champion for modern-day Feminism’s ever-more extreme platform, Sarsour’s beliefs embody much more than an average feminist’s political inclinations.
Sarsour’s War on Women
On March 8, 2011, Sarsour tweeted the following statement on her social media account: “Brigitte Gabriel= Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.” As a reminder, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was an Islamic woman who was forcefully subjected to female genital mutilation at the age of five when she was growing up in Somalia. Following the attacks on 9/11, Hirsi Ali renounced Islam in 2002, and has since bravely defended women’s rights within Islamic communities in Europe and the Middle East.
The extreme culture that irreparably harmed Hirsi Ali when she was merely five years old is vehemently defended by Sarsour. As Khadija Khan wrote at Gatestone, “The culture that Sarsour desires to impose on the world … does not allow women to interact with unrelated men, drive cars, ride bicycles, attend sports events, leave the house without permission, or wear makeup and clothes that reveal their body parts, let alone address a crowd.” Of course, none of this information was listed in the New York Times glowing puff piece of Sarsour.
In the end, Hirsi Ali’s stated response to the tweet summarizes the issue best: “Ms. Sarsour is not interested in universal human rights. She’s a defender of sharia law…No principle degrades and dehumanizes women more than Sharia law … If we’re really interested in civil rights, human rights and the rights of women we should not go with fake feminists.”