I have been skeptical of the idea that Islam would be any sort of anti-feminist force. The belief that Islam would be anti-feminist is based on the same myth that the tradcons are anti-feminist. If anything Islam will end up on the same path of feminization that happened to Christianity and conservatism. The only reason that we haven’t seen Islam become outright feminist yet is because Islam was really off the radar screen. Now that Christianity and Judaism have been feminized, Islam is now a target and ill prepared to fight off feminism. The end result is that Islam will become like the tradcons where they insist that they are “anti-feminist” all the while being feminized and pro-female in everything they do.
We will start seeing examples of the feminization of Islam. One such example is how the conservative Islamic political party in Malaysia is telling (Muslim) men to marry single mothers. They are claiming that Islamic polygamy which allows a man to have up to four wives was only to “protect widows and orphans”. That may be correct, but from what they are saying, such a concept is being stretched:
Malaysia’s conservative Islamic party has urged Muslim men to marry single mothers as additional wives instead of “young virgin girls”, a state official said.
Wan Ubaidah Omar, a cabinet minister from northern Kelantan, which the party controls, said the proposal aired in state parliament this week was needed to help single mothers and widows in the under-developed region.
“Muslim men usually like young girls or virgins as their additional wives, so I suggest instead of taking these young virgin girls, why don’t they marry the single mothers as their second or third wife?” she said.
“This will ease the burden of the single mothers as the men can help them to take care of their children. The single ladies have no burden,” said Wan Ubaidah, who is in charge of women, family and health affairs in the state.
We now have a Muslim woman telling Muslim men to not marry virgins. For now, only a Muslim man’s first wife (and most Muslim men will only have one wife) can be a virgin, but soon enough even that will fall by the wayside. Some of you may think this is only about helping widows. Think again:
Wan Ubaidah said her call was not meant to encourage polygamous marriage but as a way to help at least 16,500 single mothers aged under 60 in Kelantan, a state that has one of the highest divorce rates in the country.
It’s a call to force men to marry divorced women, not widows. These same people defend this as being necessary for the “welfare of women”:
The minister also called for husbands who leave their wives without good reason to be whipped under religious laws.
“Some of these husbands just go missing in action suddenly, and leave the wives without any food or money. These kind of men should be whipped, they deserve it,” Wan Ubaidah said.
“This punishment is not in the state sharia law at the moment, but we can make it a law to make men more responsible; there is a lot of room for improvement in the legal system to protect the welfare of women,” she added.
The Muslims are now on the verge of adopting all of the feminist myths that divorce only happens because men are abusive or vanish. It’s also clear that they are only a step away from promoting deadbeat dad myths.
Islam is well on its way to becoming as feminist as the tradcons are.