The current government of Sweden openly describes itself as “feminist” and has done things like call for “feminist” foreign policy (whatever that might be). As a sign of just how equal men and women are in Sweden, women made up a large majority (11 out of 15) of a recent delegation to Iran…. where they promptly set back the cause of femimism years by obediently submitting to the ruling theocracy and not showing their dangerous, nasty, western hair in public.
A minster of the Swedish government, Ann Linde said she hadn’t wanted to wear the hijab: “But it is law in Iran that women must wear the veil. One can hardly come here and break the laws.”
Where to start? Ann, dear? You do realize as a minister of the government of Sweden YOU HAVE DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY! They can’t arrest you, all they could do is refuse to see you and kick you out of the country which would have made them look a lot worse than you.
Alternately the delegation could go to the Swedish Embassy, and send their regrets that the women won’t wear hijabs and so they can’t leave the grounds and therefore maybe the Iranians would like to visit them there.
There were other ways to handle this, but the Swedish “feminist” governmnet chose the most cowardly, appeasing manner possible and further cemented the idea that when Muslim tribal customs come up against Western civilizational norms then the Muslim customs must prevail.
It should also be noted that Michelle Obama purposely did not cover her hair in Saudi Frickin’ Arabia where people would rather schoolgirls burn to death in agony than be seen in public with their hair uncovered. While recognizing the government of Saudi Arabia as human goes against the grain Obama played her hand a lot better than the Swedish “feminist” ministers did.
Compare the Swedes’ behavior to that of the great Oriana Fallaci who interviewed Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. When she complained about having to wear the chador and the following exchange took place:
Khomeini: …If you do not like Islamic dress you are not obliged to wear it. Because Islamic dress is for good and proper young women.
Fallaci: That’s very kind of you, Imam. And since you said so, I’m going to take off this stupid, medieval rag right now. There. Done….
Fallaci was ahead of the pack back then. As Second Wave feminism was achieving about all it could reasonably be expected to, the next task was to take on non-western mysognistic practices no matter the justification (tradition, modesty, religion, our women want this… the excuses never change).
But a confluence of events (not the least being the publication the year before of Orientalism by Edward Said which drew a line in the sand against criticising Middle Eastern cultures that western academics were cowed into respecting).
Instead feminism withdrew into itself and quickly lost all relevance to anyone with a functioning brain and sense of morality.