He notes that:
"...Phyllis Chesler, a feminist psychologist and author in the U.S., has responded by lamenting the fact that Western feminists have offered no support to the women who are Daesh’s [ISIL] victims.
This is not a new theme for Chesler. A few years ago, in her book The Death of Feminism, she argued that feminism had abandoned women in Muslim-majority countries. Kate Millett said that Chesler was “sounding a warning to the West that it ignores to its peril.” But it was largely ignored.
Chesler now says, in a statement issued by the Middle East Forum, that feminists have lost their way. They need to rekindle their original passion for universal justice. Fifty years ago, they launched a campaign for freedom and equality. That inspired a revolution in the West and a fresh vision for girls and women everywhere.
But today feminists ignore the ISIL crimes against women. “An astounding public silence has prevailed,” Chesler says. “The National Organization for Women (NOW) apparently doesn’t think ISIL is a problem.” NOW’s upcoming annual conference doesn’t list ISIL or Boko Haram on its agenda. The most recent conference dedicated to women’s studies dealt with foreign policy but considered only Palestine.
Today’s feminists, she adds, are disproportionately focused on Western imperialism, colonialism and capitalism while ignoring Islam’s long history of imperialism, colonialism, anti-black racism, slavery and forced conversion.
Since ISIL is insanely misogynist, it calls out especially for attention from anyone especially concerned with the female half of humanity.
Her arguments make sense. The struggle against the Islamic State and its caliphate will need enormous public support. We can’t expect that to be given easily by citizens and politicians who believe they have more pressing problems. Since ISIL is insanely misogynist, it calls out especially for attention from anyone especially concerned with the female half of humanity.""So why aren't Canadian feminists speaking out in support of the women in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East? Is it because they're too busy speaking out against Christians?