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November 17, 2004

Main Attraction of Radical Hardcore Islamofascism?: Slapping Around Women

Theodore Darymple thinks that Theo Van Gogh was murdered because his film exposed the heart of Islamofascism's appeal to the young men
-- the sexual enslavement of Muslim women:

The abuse of women has often, if not always, appealed to men, because it gives them a sense of power, however humiliated they may feel in other spheres of their life. And the oppression of women by Muslim men in Western Europe gives those men at the same time a sexual partner, a domestic servant, and a gratifying sense of power, while allowing them also to live an otherwise westernized life. For the men, it is convenient; interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, almost the only openly hostile expressions toward Islam from British-born Muslims that I hear come from young women, some of whom loathe it passionately because they blame it for their servitude.

The theory has some appeal. There must be some reason this toxic stew of medievalism and murder has such a hold on people.

Sex can't explain everything, no matter what Freud thought, but it sure can explain a lot.


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