Linda Sarsour was the head of the Women’s March in the United States. There is a great irony and contradiction in letting someone who deflects criticism from the misogynistic Saudi Arabia lead the Women’s March. Let’s examine some tweets.
She’s basically saying “women not having the right to drive in Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be a big deal because they get 10 weeks paid maternity leave.” Do you not realize she’s talking about a place where the culture only values women as mothers and wives? If the culture favored women as solely housewives/mothers don’t you think incentives for pregnancy would exist?
In this tweet she attempts to deflect criticism from the headscarf and women’s covering by trivializing it as a social issue. Say Linda, do you really think all women in Saudi Arabia somehow don’t feel hot in their clothing? Wouldn’t they at least enjoy the OPTION to dress how they want? This isn’t a call for women to wear less because God knows the “if no hijab then naked” card is getting old. This is for a woman to have the right to choose. If the government is so invasive of women’s bodily expressions, wouldn’t you call that misogynistic, sexist, etc.? As a “feminist”, how do you fail to see this?
Of course. She is completely dishonest about the facts. She appeals to followers by showing women in high positions, and that somehow alleviates the problems of the average woman. It’s similar to saying “racism doesn’t exist in the United States because Barack Obama was president.” In some of these countries there is honor violence, and even sharia courts that punishes rape victims. But of course, they have women leaders, therefore “no sexism.”
She is basically defending Sharia Law in this tweet. Does she not realize that as an apostate, I would be subject to capital punishment in Saudi Arabia and homosexuals would be punished in some way? People would become sexually repressed because having sex can lead to capital punishment. Women who complained about rape needed the testimony of four witnesses in Sharia court, which they could not find, making them subject to public stoning. Of course despite all this, Linda brags about the interest free loans in Sharia and ignores who would be marginalized in that system.
After seeing these tweets you can imagine why Linda Sarsour would be criticized for leading the Women’s March if she deflects criticism from Saudi Arabia, a place very difficult for women to live.
Linda’s Response to criticism.
Of course Linda had to spin the narrative.
She’s basically saying her haters don’t want to see her succeed because she’s Arab. She felt offended by the criticisms against her, so she framed it as a “coordinated attack campaign.” She then brought her children into it and said they shouldn’t be subjected to seeing these attacks, basically as an attempt to draw the readers’ sympathies.
She brilliantly makes it seem like this is not an attack on her, but her entire progressive politics community. Through her wording she made it seem like she was under danger and the left needed to unite against these “right wingers” (just for challenging someone’s feminist convictions.) The appeal to human’s sense of tribalism amazes me.
She even calls these “alternative facts.”
In the last paragraph she makes it seem like this is a backlash against the progress of feminism. When, in fact, her deflecting criticism from Saudi Arabia prevents progress of feminism there. What’s intriguing is her ability to make it look like her critics are these misogynistic/racist right wingers who plotted an attempt to attack her because they did not want to see a Palestinian woman in power.
The All Powerful Islamophobia Card
These articles lumped all attacks on her, including this article, as “Islamophobic.” Because this card was played, if I presented these tweets to progressives, they would just think “Islamophobia” and altogether avoid the discussions on Linda Sarsour’s deflections of criticisms against Saudi Arabia.
The cry of racism becomes a method of silencing her critics, who can’t be critical of Linda in anyway because it’s now racist. Linda used her racial identity, motherhood and tribalism to make this an existential fight against her critics. And of course, the left wing media and activist community followed suit. How ridiculous is that?
That being said, you gotta find some amusement in those Saudi apologist tweets. She really sounds deluded.
Mark my words… The left is cannibalizing itself.
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