Predictably, I guess, Pamela Bone’s question to Germaine Greer on behalf of ALL DECENT LEFTIES EVERYWHERE (discussed in this post from me and by Helen at the Balcony) didn’t just get play on Andrew Bolt’s blog, but also resulted in… (drum roll) the inevitable op/ed!!!
It’s a particularly poorly argued piece, even by Bone’s standards. I invite you to consider her admission that her point really wasn’t relevant, and then the strange segue into “but what about Mia Farrow!”… But perhaps the best way of refuting the antipodean Eustonistas is to turn their logic around on themselves. Have a read of this post from Vanessa at Feministing about Iranian feminist activists being arrested, detained and harrassed. Then go here and offer some support for their freedom and their cause. And then ask yourself what Bone is on about with this:
Muslim feminist groups such as Women Living Under Muslim Laws are raising their voices against the misogyny of sharia laws but, with some honourable exceptions, there is no rallying by Western liberals against the gender apartheid under which women in large parts of the Islamic world live, as there was against racial apartheid in South Africa.
If you can step out of Bone’s worldview of emotion and conspicuous compassion (and let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she really is serious about these issues and doesn’t just raise them to kick the INDECENT LEFT around… a benefit I wouldn’t give to Bolt and other feminists of convenience) and actually think rationally for a moment, it should be blindingly obvious that the way in which support is expressed and campaigning has done has changed since the 70s and 80s – a lot of it is happening on the web. Note that the “crime” for which Jelveh Javaheri was arrested was creating a website to advocate for women’s rights in Iran and note further the dissemination of her views via both that site and blogs run by “Western feminists” who are organising action to free her – if not through the tried and true method of “marching in the streets” which Bone appears to regard as the only yardstick of activism. As Darlene put it on the earlier thread, if you want to know what Western feminists are doing about women’s rights in the Islamic world, just google.
Or you could stay within Bone’s dumbassed paradigm and ask her why she’s not marching in the streets to free Jelveh Javaheri or writing an op/ed about it. After all, the report to which Feministing links was from the Fairfax newspapers, so there’s a reasonable chance Bone would have seen it – concerned as she is about these issues. See what a stupid question that is? Well, that’s the entire logic of Bone and her pals’ loud condemnation of teh Western feminism.