As the 45th President of the United States continues to demonstrate his unfitness for the high office to which he has been elected, some of his opponents continue to demonstrate that “race” will always trump (snigger) gender in the gospel of victimhood and identity politics.
Donald Trump demonstrated his flaws in the Republican primary and in the general election against Hillary Clinton. He appears to have a very short attention-span, little grasp of policy detail and an extremely thin skin. He seems to prefer abusing the media in his car crash press conferences and basking in the adulation of his most fervent followers to actually doing the job he has been elected to do. However, the sordid and petulant behaviour of Trump’s “celebrity” opponents is deflecting attention away from the proper scrutiny his Presidency so desperately requires.
To be called “needy” by the publicity hungry denizens of Hollywood is hilarious; some of these people would attend the opening of an envelope if it would get their picture in the papers. To be abused by the narcissist -in-chief Meryl Streep as out of touch is beyond parody. Streep is as lacking in self-awareness as she is in acting breadth; as far as I can tell, she plays Meryl Streep in every film – the same hammy, breathless delivery whatever part she is playing. Streep represents the most sexist and racist industry in the world – an industry where women are judged almost entirely on their looks and which is still preening itself because a black actor played a lead role in Star Wars 7. Talking garbage about politics appears to be a compulsory part of a Hollywood audition; speaking down to the plebs from the top of Mount Olympus goes down very well in LA these days. I wonder how many refugees could be helped for the price of one of the numerous self-congratulatory “awards” shows where these Hollywood types massage each other’s vast egos?
Trump stands accused of sexism after details of a 2005 conversation came out during the election. One does not have to be a Trumpite or a conspiracy theorist to find something fishy in this recording emerging at just the right time to damage Trump in the election; after all, Hillary Clinton referred to a “vast right-wing conspiracy” against her husband when the dress worn by Monica Lewinsky emerged, stains miraculously intact, several years after her encounter in the Oval Office. Trump does not come out well in the cording of what he admits was “locker room talk.” But who has not said things in private that they would not want broadcast all over the internet?
So, “feminists” around the world organised marches against Trump and his sexism. Fair enough, that is their right. But these “feminists” had some strange allies on these marches. In the USA, the anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour was a key speaker – a woman who supports the imposition of anti-female Sharia law in America. Placards showing a lady wearing an American flag hijab were waved by demonstrators – support for a dress code imposed on women by bigoted male clerics. Some demonstrators were even heard to yell “Allahu Akbar,” battlecry of the violent Islamists currently raping and enslaving women and girls across Iraq and Syria.
Fight boorish sexism by supporting violent misogyny! That’ll stick to The Man.
Some modern “feminists” will always side with Islamists because they seem to see racism as a worse sin than sexism. This despite the fact that even Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Islamist-apologist Council on American Islamic Relations, has said that “Islam is an ideology. It’s not a race.” And even mainstream Islam is pretty anti-feminist; the Koran clearly states (2:228) that “men have a status above them [women].”
Now, I’m aware that I am “mansplaining” to these “feminists” and I probably need to “check my privilege” before I publish this article. But Western, almost entirely white, “feminists” have no trouble “Infidelsplaining” Islam to Muslims. By this I mean that every time a terrorist atrocity occurs or someone mildly right-of -centre has an issue with an Islamic practice, some people are quick to denounce the actions as “unIslamic” or that “Islam is a religion of peace.” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the self-styled Islamic State has a Ph.D in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University in Baghdad. He is able to support ISIS’ actions with extensive quotes from the Koran, the Hadith and the Sunnah. May I respectfully say to Western “feminists” who derive support from Muslims that al-Baghdadi probably knows more about his religion than you do.
My favourite example of Infidelsplaining is this quote from the Koran 5:33…
“…whosoever killeth a human being… it shall be as if he had killed all mankind…”
This is tweeted and referred to endlessly after each Islamist atrocity to prove that the perpetrators were not really proper Muslims. However if you look at the whole verse…
“For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth.”
… and the next one …
“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.”
… then it is pretty clear that this favourite quote of the “Islam is peace” mob has been wrenched entirely out of context.
In conclusion, I have not written to support Donald Trump or excuse his boorish behaviour and sexism. I merely point out that if something is wrong when Donald Trump does it then it is wrong when the Islamist allies of some “feminists” do it. If Trump’s unpleasant “grab them by the pussy” talk is wrong and anti-feminist, how much more so the violent misogyny of the Islamists who would rather mutilate a vagina than grab one and who, in their “holy” book, repeatedly deny half the personhood of women and girls (Koran 2:282 and 4:11 amongst numerous examples).