Humanist Perspectives: issue 210: Where are the Feminists?

Where are the Feminists?
by Dale Branscombe

Where are the Feminists?
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hen six young girls were groped in a public pool at the West Edmonton Mall, no feminist protest was heard. When a woman and two young girls were sexually assaulted in a pool in Lethbridge, Alberta, the response from the feminists was a deafening silence. The victims in each of these cases testified in court that the perpetrators were migrant men.

In 2018, a couple in Fredericton, New Brunswick, threatened to kill their daughter for dating a non-Muslim. A Syrian refugee in Chipman, NB, beat his wife with a hockey stick. A fourteen-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Fredericton High School by two Syrian refugees. There was no response to these egregious acts from the feminists.

When a serial rapist, a Syrian refugee, destroyed the lives of ten school-age girls in Montreal, scant mention was made in the mainstream media. There was no candle light vigil and no women’s march was held.

Several Canadian women have been murdered in what are known as “honour killings.” Aqsa Parvez, sixteen, was strangled to death by her father using her own hijab. Three teenage sisters of the Shafia family, Zainab, Sahar and Geeti, along with Rona (their father’s other wife in a polygamous marriage) were drowned in a plot by their father, mother and brother. The victims in each of these cases had refused to comply with the norms of Islam. Marrisa Shen was murdered by a Syrian refugee. She was thirteen years of age. These crimes occurred in Canada!

Where is the outcry over the countless atrocities perpetrated worldwide on women? Where is the call for justice and human decency? Everyone knows about honour killings and female genital mutilation. Everyone knows that little girls are being taken as sex slaves and that many are being forced to marry men old enough to be their grandfathers! We know these things. These practices have existed for centuries. Where is the condemnation of these barbaric acts? Where is the outrage? Where are the feminists?

Dale Branscombe is a retired teacher, luthier, musician and songwriter is concerned about the erosion of freedom of speech as well as the encroachment of Islam on every aspect of society. He had always been an advocate of the political left until recently when it “Taxied to the dark side.”

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