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Women in Islam

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Submitted by Allyson Rowen Taylor (United States), May 28, 2004 at 22:47

Let us not forget the countless mutlilations done to women, by the removal of their clitoris in Egypt and many Islamic countries. This is done to eliminate any pleasure for the sexual act, so the men retain control of all functions of the woman.

While in Egypt, at the airport I witness a women, in full veil, from head to toe carrying her baby. She was thirsty, and her husband pulled down a part of her face covering and had her sip water from a small cup. I was astonished that she depended on him for the very sustinance of life. She could not even drink by herself to satisify her thirst.

Had he not been there, would she just have remained thirsty? This is a society that is so obsessed with sexuality, that their oppresson only leads to extreme behavior. While I have witnessed many Arab Muslim men in Las vegas, drinking, gambling, and hanging on to the local prostitutes, their double standard is both revolting and dangerous.

The notion that women are the purveyors of evil sexuality only deepens the mistrust of their feminity and reduces them to sexual objects who can derive no pleasure from the sex act except producing numbers of children. Until the arab world moves into the new millenium they are doomed to behave in a manner that is repressive to females, and to society as a whole.

Just imagine the many things these women could have brought to the Arab world. You see from the repression a tragic loss of potential of all the female generations who have been forbidden to study, to work, and to even learn to drive a car.

What discoveries, what talents has the world lost due to the repression of millions of women who have been reduced to breeding machines? It is not only the Arab world that has suffered from tis but the entire world. The Muslims have no one to blame but themselves.
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