Thanks to GP Reader Lesbian NeoCon for sending along this piece swimming in irony…..
Women’s Studies Departments Ignore the Plight of Women in Islam – FrontPage Magazine
Despite their vigilance in behalf of women’s rights in America and other Western nations, Women’s Studies Departments across the nation have been strangely passive in the face of the barbaric treatment of women in Islamic regimes. Numerous hours are spent in the classroom, dissecting the reasons for the ‘wage gap’ in America, violence against women and the ‘privileges’ accorded Caucasian males. But courses on the plight of women in Islamic regimes are strangely absent. Where there are a few courses that touch on Islamic women in Women’s Studies programs, the focus is often cultural and literary, while the abuses go unmentioned.
This failure to confront the abuse of women who live in Islamic countries stands in stark contrast to the mission statements of many Women’s Studies departments, which describe their focus as the inequality that women suffer in patriarchal societies. Thus the official mission statement of the Penn State Women’s Studies Department declares that “As a field of study, Women’s Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender.” Why then does the Penn State department not offer a course analyzing the extreme inequalities that characterize the status of women in the Islamic world?
In a study of eight prominent universities, the University of Pennsylvania was the only school which offers a course specifically concerned about the equal and oppressive treatment of women in Islamic nations. That course, “Women Social Movements in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” focuses on the struggle of women in these nations to claim equal rights with men while still maintaining their identity as Muslims.
Well, come on. We know the answer to these questions. America’s universities, especially the Women’s Studies departments, are chock full of America-hating, white men-hating, anti-capitalist left wing professors. They can be shown a true global threat against women right to their eyes yet only see what they want to see: Evil White American Men.
[Related Story – Ivory Tower Decay – Michael Barone, Real Clear Politics]