After completing the readings it encouraged me to critically analyze the feministic traditions of both cultures. This made me think about the ways women are perceived in the Islamic culture, but why was there such a debate to force our Western European traditions upon them? I understand there are a lot of restrictions women have in Islam, particularly through veiling. The fact that women have to be veiled at all times makes a strong statement about how men perceive their women. It is very degrading. Through this restriction comes no freedom or sense of self worth if they are only to do what is told of them, pretty similar to a slave. Their duties are to take care of their men and children and to look after the house. I’m almost positive Islamic women don’t bother themselves with some of the things Western cultured women look at as necessities. For example simple upkeep to us is bathing daily, having our hair done and simply looking presentable. However, women in Islamic cultures are lucky if the bathe more than once a week.
It’s sad to know that women in some cultures are still treated this poorly and treated as objects…but wait? If you take a close look at how “liberated” women are here in the Western cultures, you can find several similarities. Its clear what the obvious freedoms women have such as being able to go and work as well as the man, choosing to be independent and not have a husband at all if they want, and the ability to speak their mind, but what about beneath the surface. Women in western cultures also are not forced to marry and take care of the children and look after the house but in a way women are still controlled through social norms. Women are still inferior to men in no matter what culture you’re in, it’s sad to know how dominant men are even with the great advancements of women. Once women do marry they are still expected to be the primary caretaker, clean the house while still maintaining a job on top of all of that. If you take a look at our popular culture (music, magazines, TV shows) look at how women are portrayed. They are treated like objects; they always have to behold a sex appeal about them for the entertainment of men. If they are not portrayed in that manner then they are showing some superficial trait. So my question is what makes our Western culture norms so much better than Islamic norms?