Feminisim as an imperialist tool

In a recent CNN interview, religion scholar Reza Aslan was asked by journalist Alisyn Camerota if Islam is violent given the “primitive treatment in Muslim countries of women and other minorities.”

Aslan responded by stating that the conditions for women in Muslim majority countries vary.

While women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia, elsewhere in various Muslim majority countries, women have been elected heads of states 7 times…

How is it that people like Camerota and Lemon, who very likely have never travelled to “free and open” Turkey, Lebanon or Bangladesh, or read the scholarship on women’s rights struggles in Morocco, Iran and Egypt, seem to know with complete certainty that women are treated “primitively” in “Muslim countries”?

On what basis does Lemon believe that he has the authority to call Aslan out for supposed dishonesty?…

The answer lies in a ubiquitous, taken-for-granted ideological framework that has been developed over two centuries in the West.

This framework, referred to by scholars as colonial feminism, is based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire…

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