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On behalf of those who participate in Memes Feministas Islamicos (MFI )
and considering that we have been denied a fair right to response on MMW we would like to share the following reflections:
1.-Why dont criticize the thousands of pages and groups that make defense and promotion of female submission in the name of religion? Because is easier to criticize Muslim women speaking for their own and making an autonomous efforts to respond to the speeches of subjugation with which they are overwhelmed every day. This only counteract our exercise of empowerment. Thanks.
2.-Why dont make a real analysis of page content of MFI? Because is easier taking two photos that support your position and you can skip everything else because, who need a fair and serious analysis when is pointing fingers?
At MFI we are more than memes : We share positive content on Muslim women and Islamic feminism . We receive complaints on discrimination , domestic abuse and banning of the presence of women in mosques. We have helped many sisters who dont have other channel of expression, bringing a space where they can exercise her freedom of speech, without fear of retailation and anonymously.
We share the contribution of Muslim women leaders from the past and present. This was precisely what we did last Ramadan.
We are not against of hiyab or pro hiyab. We are for the right of women to dress as we wish and this not become a measure of our qualities.
You would have know that if you really have followed our page and take the time to send us a message.
3.-Why don’t take the effot of recognizing something positive in women who do not know English if it is easier to assume that they do not understand a word about Islamic feminism because we don’t speak english?
4.- Who needs to talk about the mis representation of latina muslim women and what we are doing in behalf of our rights? It’s easier to avoid the topic: For sites like this one and many more, Latina Muslim women only exist when they live in USA and Canada. All the rest of us dissapear under the carpet of looking down to the south. This is so true that we even don’t deserve the same space than you to answer to your article.
4.-How is possible to talk about having a serious conversation on media watch if you didn’t take the time to ask the creators of this project
what we seek and what we hope to achieve? Because is easier to throw on
us your biased opinions. That’s not serious.
One pic doesn’t explain our work. We do oppose fundamentalism and violence against women in Islam and we don’t care who or where this come from and we will keeping doing it.
We keep our identities hidden because for us the risk is real but we answer all the questions. We criticize bad things that really happen in real life. Now, some of us have to come out to defend our project. We would like to make you think about this point that maybe you don’t see from the distance.
We think if criticism against fundamentalism and male arrogance in Islam bother you so much, you have to ask yourself who is you talking in behalf for.
We would like to see this same harsh criticism against the misogynist Islamic pages. These days more than one cleric is making waves due to their mysoginyst preaching but you’re outraged for a couple of pic in a page that don’t pretend washbraining anyone, just to be a space for people can express freely. Our option is for people, not for ideas. Ideas don’t have rights, people do.
We believe that sexism, misogyny, preaching of the objectification of women are very serious issues within Islam. To combat this, in our own way, worth more than the honor of the clergy who say we are second-class human beings. It’s sad you see in this something wrong. Our goal is to uncover smelly sewers, do not cover them.
Something stinks in Islamic Feminism is the priority is to defend the honor of the Wahhabis over the right of women to create their own ways of denouncing and struggle.
Munira, Karima, Maryam, Tasnim and Nasreen,
(post it from the disquis account of Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente)