Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sexuality and the Middle East

This is from a Front Page Mag article from October 2001 by Jamie Glazov titled, "The Sexual Rage Behind Islamic Terror."

Throughout the Islamic Middle East, men and women are taught to be vehemently opposed to pleasure, especially of the sexual variety. Men are raised not only forbidden to touch women, but to even look at them. Sex before marriage is not just a sin -- but a criminal offence. It is punishable by a severe beating at best, and an execution at worst.

The sexual privileges that are allowed in Islamic cultures are permitted to men. Women’s sexuality and social independence represent major threats to male supremacy and are tightly controlled. A deep-seated fear of, and hostility to, individuality prevails, and its main expression exists in misogyny.

Socially segregated from women, Arab men succumb to homosexual behavior. But, interestingly enough, there is no word for "homosexual" in their culture in the modern Western sense. That is because having sex with boys, or with effeminate men, is seen as a social norm. Males serve as available substitutes for unavailable women. The male who does the penetrating, meanwhile, is not emasculated any more than if he had sex with a wife. The male who is penetrated is emasculated. The boy, however, is not, since it is rationalized that he is not yet a man.

In this culture, males sexually penetrating males becomes a manifestation of male power, conferring a status of hyper-masculinity. It is considered to have nothing to do with homosexuality. An unmarried man who has sex with boys is simply doing what men do. As the scholar Bruce Dunne has demonstrated, sex in Islamic societies is not about mutuality between partners, but about the adult male's achievement of pleasure through violent domination.

There is silence around this issue. It is the silence that legitimizes sexual violence against women, such as honor crimes and female circumcision. It is also the silence that forces victimized Arab boys into invisibility. Even though the society does not see their sexual exploitation as being humiliating, the psychological and emotional scars that result from their subordination, powerlessness and humiliation is a given. Traumatized by the violation of their dignity and manliness, they spend the rest of their lives trying to get it back.

It is excruciating to imagine the sexual confusion, humiliation, and repression that evolve in the mindsets of males in this culture. But it is no surprise that many of these males find their only avenue for gratification in the act of humiliating the foreign "enemy," whose masculinity must be violated at all costs – as theirs once was.

This is the first I've heard of such things happening in the Middle East and I would question the article's veracity had I found it somewhere other than at Front Page Mag. I think this explains the treatment of Muslim women and also explains a good deal about the rising occurence of rape in European countries of western women by Muslim youth.

From May 3, 2004, Phyllis Chesler writes for Front Page Mag:

So a crucial question must be asked: from a psychological and anthropological point of view, what kind of culture produces human bombs, glorifies mass murderers, and supports humiliation-based revenge?

According to Minnesota based psychoanalyst and Arabist, Dr. Nancy Kobrin, it is a culture in which shame and honor play decisive roles and in which the debasement of women is paramount. In an utterly fascinating and as-yet unpublished book, which I will be introducing, the Sheik's New Clothes: the Psychoanalytic Roots of Islamic Suicide Terrorism, Kobrin, and her Israeli co-author, counter-terrorism expert Yoram Schweitzer, describe barbarous family and clan dynamics in which children, both boys and girls, are routinely orally and anally raped by male relatives; infant males are sometimes sadistically over-stimulated by being masturbated; boys between the ages of 7-12 are publicly and traumatically circumcised; many girls are clitoridectomized; and women are seen as the source of all shame and dishonor and treated accordingly: very, very badly.

According to Dr. Kobrin, "The little girl lives her life under a communal death threat--the honor killing." Both male and female infants and children are brought up by mothers (who are debased and traumatized women). As such, all children are forever psychologically "contaminated" by the humiliated yet all-powerful mother.

Clearly, only evolution of democracy and the elevation of women can begin to change such dynamics. Western feminists, American leaders: Please note. Alas, historically and theologically, Arab and Muslim culture strongly opposes both democracy and equality for women. This is why the battles to liberate Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East are so important and so very difficult.

Chesler goes on to tell of a former Palestinian terrorist, now Christian, named Walid Shoebat:

Shoebat confirmed the widespread sexual abuse of both boys and girls in Palestinian society. "It is a strange society. Homosexuality is forbidden but if you're the penetrator, not the penetrated, it's okay." He is describing prison sexuality. "If you're a teenage boy with no hair on your legs other boys your age will pinch your butt and tease you ... And once, on a hiking trip, I saw a line of shepherd boys waiting for their turn to sodomize a five year old boy. It was unbelievable."

Shoebat's father also told him stories about starving Arab men who would barter sex for meat from Iraqi soldiers. According to Shoebat, teenage boys prey upon younger children; older male relatives prey upon pre-adolescent and adolescent boys and girls. They do not have intercourse with the girls since this would render them un-marriageable and bring shame upon their families. I heard many stories in both Afghanistan and Iran about the male preference for anal sex, even within marriage, either as a form of birth control or as a preferred homosexual practice.

And finally, Parvin Darabi quotes from writings attributed to the Ayotollah Khomeini:

"A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as forplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not comitted a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man's four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl's sister."

I don't know how widespread and common this kind of abuse is. Nor do I know how much of this reporting is a product of prejudice. For me most troubling is the fact that a religious leader would legitimize the sexual abuse of a little girl. I've read that Mohammed married a 6-year-old and took her to his bed when she was 9, so I suppose that is the justification here.

This is a culture best studied from afar. It must never be allowed to exist in America even in some ameliorated or diluted form.

And we have to ask: Why are the feminists in this country silent?


SkyePuppy said...

What a sobering look at the culture that wants to take over the world.

The Left, especially the feminist crowd, prefers to cover their eyes to this. In their abhorrence of conservatism and the military, they would rather allow these abusive practices to continue than to do anything supportive of the Right.

Analpigen said...

We´ll show them !!!
A Feminist

janice said...

Great post. This is an evil, evil cult. Period.
I have been studing this "religion" for a decade now, and I thought after 9/11 the voices of rabbis and pastors would be heard distancing themselves from the "brotherhood" of faiths who worship the God of Abraham. But, they didn't. The brave few who did come out were labeled islamophobic and racist. Honorable men, like Franklin Graham were slandered for speaking the truth.
This is not a religion of faith, their is no faith only works by which paradise is reached. Works spelled out in the koran that include lying to the infadels to further islam and murder, even condoning the murder of your children who disgrace you.
Pure evil.
I ask you, when you hear muslims scream "allahu akbar" (god is the greatest)what fallen angel wanted to be greater than God? Lucifer ring a bell....

janice said...

One more thing, a few good books are Inside the Kingdom by Carmen Bin Ladin, Hatred's Kingdom by Dore Gold and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam by Robert Spencer. Anything by Spencer will increase your knowledge, we must know the enemy.

Peter W. Heck said...

I concur with Janice 100%. Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam and the Crusades is a must-read.

janice said...

Thanks Peter....