Feminism's blind spot for oppressive Islam exposed as NOW defends 'empowering' hijab - Lumen Student News

BY TUDOR DIXON

Our young people are being bombarded with images of the American flag-style hijab worn by many during the recent women’s march and feminists are screaming “empowerment” at the top of their lungs.

Last night, Sonia Ossorio, the president of The National Organization of Women of New York, touted a new line of oppressive garments Macy’s will be rolling out soon during an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson.

Watch the mind-bending interview:

Yes, Macy’s will be reaching into Muslim pocketbooks by hocking a new line of hijabs in a country that prides itself on being the “land of the free.”

While companies in our great country can capitalize on oppression of women if they so choose, should one of our top feminists cheer them on along the way?

Ossorio gushes over the financial foresight of this US company with a glaring, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality, from a woman who is paid to fight for women.

“Muslim women in the U.S. have $44 billion in buying power,” she mused, as if to say Macy’s merely made a genius business decision by tapping into the market of female oppression.

When asked if this is appropriate for a feminist she quipped, “what a feminist goal is, is for women to be in control of their lives, and their destinies and to have choices. So whether a woman wants to wear a hijab or she doesn’t, isn’t really the point.”

Oxymoron much, Sonia? After all, being forced to wear a garment many women see as oppressive is precisely the point.

She goes on to praise American women who donned the hijab at the JFK airport as a symbol of “resistance” and “empowerment” during the travel ban debate and in the same breath remarks that this is all happening while women in Iran are bravely standing on platforms and ripping off their hijabs.  She even notes that those women are risking their lives.

Here is one such woman:

And unlike in Ossorio’s America, women in Iran are being arrested for removing Ossorio’s garment of so-called “resistance.”

The Daily Mail reports:

Protests against the compulsory wearing of hijabs in Iran have continued despite the arrests earlier this week of 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf.

Symbolic protests took place throughout the country this week with women posting videos and photographs on social media of themselves standing on utility boxes, street sidewalks and other public places as they defiantly waved their hijabs.

Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were ‘trivial’ and ‘childish’ moves possibly incited by foreigners.

“We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression,” said Masih Alinejad, purveyor of the website, My Stealthy Freedom.

Maybe Ossorio sees Macy’s as a new lifeboat for Muslim women, keeping them alive in the face of certain death on the off chance they can’t find a hijab to wear. Is this the new feminism?

With regard to her actual position as “lead feminist of New York,” she states, “I don’t go to work everyday and think about what wardrobes women are wearing and what it represents.”

Clearly, Sonia, someone should teach you what the hijab represents and ultimately who you represent as the president of NOW, the self-declared organization for women.

If you think this is merely a voluntary religious expression, well, according to Islamqa.org, “if a woman does not observe the hijab, she would be considered as being openly disobedient to allah and his rasool.  The act of disobedience on her part is indeed a grave sin, and brings about severe punishment from allah in a manner he sees fit.”

Severe punishment indeed, in December 2016 a Saudi woman posted a picture of herself on social media without the hijab and there were immediate calls for her execution. Not a meeting of elders, not a calm talk with dad — execution. One man even demanded they, “kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs.”

Is she “empowered,” Sonia?

U.S. feminists now defend Islam’s oppression of women by supporting Macy’s new hijab line. They celebrate a garment that represents women who cannot vote, walk outside alone, are subject to female genital mutilation and can be stoned in the streets by their own family members, all in the name of the almighty dollar.

We must educate our kids about the reality of the hijab and Islam – a dark reality for many women. This is not empowerment. We are the land of the free and our children will fight for what is right if we no longer allow today’s feminists to hide the truth.

Tudor Dixon is CEO of Lumen Student News.