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Why is Arab misogyny ignored by Western elitists...

... while the alleged misogyny of American military culture is played up?

Caroline Glick has an interesting and provocative thesis centered on what she calls "the international media's quest to advance the ideology of identity politics":

To date the most egregious attack on a foreign journalist in Cairo's Tahrir Square took place last Friday, when CBS's senior foreign correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten by a mob of Egyptian men. Her own network, CBS, took several days to even report the story, and when it did, it left out important information. The fact that Logan was brutalized for 20 to 30 minutes and that her attackers screamed out "Jew, Jew, Jew" as they ravaged her was absent from the CBS report and from most other follow-on reports in the US media.

The media's treatment of Logan's victimization specifically and its treatment of the widescale mob violence against foreign reporters in Cairo generally tells us a great deal about the nature of today's media discourse.

...

This week, a group of female US soldiers filed a class action lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and his predecessor Donald Rumsfeld. The plaintiffs allege that both men and the US defense establishment are responsible for the sexual assaults they suffered during their military service. They claim that the men who abused them were a product of US military culture.

The US media has provided blanket coverage of the story, which effectively places the entire US military on trial for rape.

What is interesting about the lawsuit story is that it highlights the alleged perpetrator. Coverage of the lawsuit has been heavy on details about the alleged misogyny of US military culture.

In stark contrast, coverage of Logan's sexual assault makes almost no mention of the perpetrators. Certainly the issue of Egypt's societal misogyny has been ignored.

What makes the distinction between coverage of the two stores so remarkable is that there is there is no comparison between the alleged anti-female bias in the US military and the actual misogyny of Egyptian society.

There is much more at the link and it ties things together quite nicely. 

Read it, digest it, use it as a filtration system for reading liberal thought.  It will help make some sense out of that which more normally would seem to be nonsensical.


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I'm sure the ladies from "T... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm sure the ladies from "The View" will waddle in shortly and explain about "rape" and "rape-rape".

The issue is that leftists ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The issue is that leftists are not interested in equality or freedom or any of the other right that they trot out to cloak their real aims. Their true aim is control. They want to control everyone and everything. They want to make the world into their own social experiment because they believe that they are superior to every other human being who ever lived and they will be able to create Utopia where generations before have failed.

Rights, equality and freedom are just window dressing to get the useful idiots to all in line until they are able to consolidate power. Once they do they will march people into the countryside like in Cambodia or create famines like Stalin to rid themselves of the unnecessary or the opposition.

Laura Logan and what happened to her means nothing to the left. It's just one person and they cannot use it to advance their agenda so it gets ignored. Individual rights have no meaning. Everything and everyone is merely a means to an end.

What #1,2 say.. Plus they a... (Below threshold)
914:

What #1,2 say.. Plus they are afraid of starring in a beheading video.

It's the soft bigotry of lo... (Below threshold)
Roy:

It's the soft bigotry of low expectations. Same thing applies to blacks and other minorities. Elites are prejudiced bigots, by definition.

because we can do something... (Below threshold)
Colin:

because we can do something about misogyny in the military and not misogyny in the middle east?

So you are saying that beca... (Below threshold)
jim m:

So you are saying that because you cannot have a direct effect on something that you are absolved of any responsibility to stand against it?

Nice lack of moral compass you've got there. Must come in handy.

Because one culture has don... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Because one culture has done more positive things for the world than any negatives? One culture has done more for freedom and security around the world in 200 years than any other? Because one makes much of what the elitist say, believe and desire look silly on the best of days?
And the other is inspired by an dark ages warlord and generations of degenerates that came after?

It's simply another case o... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

It's simply another case of ' the enemy of my enemy is my friend.'

It's the same reason leftists joined Castro's "Venceremos" brigades in Cuba to help out with the revolution beck in the 60s and 70s, and lionized and blew kisses to Che Guevara , Mao,Daniel Ortega and other leftist thugs.

They see the Muslim terrorists as the new stalwarts against evil, corporate "Amerika" having been declared enemies by "Rethuglicans" such as Bush , Cheney and the US establishment and so they gain automatic lefty sympathy and support.

What # 4 said.Oh, ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

What # 4 said.

Oh, and also, too, I have to tip my hat to LeBron and Jim M for their keeeeen insight into the mind of the left. LeBron must be studying at Jim's feet, because Jim has been telling us for years "how lefties think."

How does a commenter on a blog "take a stand" against misogyny in the Middle East, Jim? I mean, doesn't one have to pick one's battles, and try to fight the ones one can win?

In other words, what would one have to do to demonstrate to you that one possesses a "moral compass" that is to your liking?

Me, I'm too busy trying to make sure the Wake County, NC school board doesn't resegregate my child's school to try to figure out what I can do about sexual harassment in Alexandria, Egypt.

BTW, there was a long segment on All Things Considered yesterday about the misogyny and sexual harassment of women in Egypt. And another one on the Diane Rehm show about Logan specifically. Later there was a story about what women face in Saudi Arabia on a daily basis, trying to start a business. I guess those egghead elitist liberals at NPR are just trying to head off criticism from Wizbangers.

Woops, I meant "what number... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Woops, I meant "what number FIVE said, not four.

Me, I'm too busy trying ... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Me, I'm too busy trying to make sure the Wake County, NC school board doesn't resegregate my child's school to try to figure out what I can do about sexual harassment in Alexandria, Egypt.

Maybe just say it sucks? That it's not acceptable? That you don't condone it? That you condemn it?

Words are really cheap, Bruce - and don't take long to type. You don't have to go over there and actually do something - just join the crowd saying that it's wrong.

That you're criticizing folks condemning it would seem like tacit approval. I'm pretty sure you don't - but why are you criticizing the people who are against what's been displayed?

BTW, there was a long segment on All Things Considered yesterday about the misogyny and sexual harassment of women in Egypt. And another one on the Diane Rehm show about Logan specifically. Later there was a story about what women face in Saudi Arabia on a daily basis, trying to start a business. I guess those egghead elitist liberals at NPR are just trying to head off criticism from Wizbangers.

No, I think things finally got to a point where they couldn't ignore it any longer. Where their little wall of "We don't need to be concerned about that, it's their culture and we dare not criticize at all, and besides, we're exempt because we're Westerners and they're far, far away" got rather forcefully broken.

Reality has hit. And while 'reality-based' thinking could ignore it as long as it wasn't brought to overt attention, now there's no way to gloss it over or handwave it away. Too many people have seen it, too many to ignore it.

Now they've got to get out ... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Now they've got to get out in front, and lead the parade against it. It's about damn time, too.

I know you feel the need to... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I know you feel the need to school me whenever I post, Mr Lawson, but let me explain.

Rick asks why misogyny in the Middle East is not emphasized by the "elite", by which I assume he means liberals, or the media, or whatever. And why those same "elitists" play up the alleged misogyny in the armed forces.

Colin attempts to answer by pointing out that Americans have some influence over our own military, and very little over the actions of the Arab man-on-the-street.

This is where Jim jumps in to claim that Colin has no "moral compass." I suppose that's because Colin didn't begin his comment with, "Muslims suck, but..."

I ask, what good would it do for Colin, or me, or Jim for that matter, to "stand against" Muslim misogyny by commenting on Wizbang? My question is, how can Jim be so unbelievably arrogant and supercilious as to accuse this guy of having no "moral compass" based on a one sentence comment on a blog?

And why would it be necessary for me to "join the crowd?" I don't come to Wizbang to be part of the Amen Chorus. I dislike misogyny from whatever quarter it comes -- I'm the father of two daughters, son of a widowed mother, and brother to three sisters. I'm pretty sure I'm aware of misogyny and can spot it when I see it. It's not necessary to shout my dislike from the rafters when it's already being condemned quite loudly.

Anyway, I was just trying to keep Jim's feet on the ground. His explanations of "how Lefties think" get tiresome, and if I don't puncture his self-inflated opinion of himself every now and then, he just gets worse and worse.

As to the NPR thing, I was pointing out, AGAIN, that despite the conservative insistence that "You'll never hear about THIS in the Lamestream Media!", one does indeed hear about the stuff that conservative victim-wannabes claim is being swept under the rug.

Bruce,Saying that ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Bruce,

Saying that we can do something directly about misogyny in the military so we speak out about it but we cannot do as much about it in the middle east so we might just as well shut up about it is an abdication of responsibility.

Just because it is difficult to have an impact on something does not mean that we ought to just ignore it, which is what Collin is giving an apology for.

I do not suppose that commenting here on Wizbang has even the slightest impact on the issue. Yet I do not think that because I cannot stop something that I should keep quiet about it and by my silence give it tacit approval.

Yes we should all speak out against wrongs when we see them and ignoring one because it is far away or done by brown skinned people (Who the left seem to think incapable of adhering to any kind of civilized morals so the left gives them a pass on everything from rape to murder) is simply wrong.

"His explanations of "ho... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"His explanations of "how Lefties think" get tiresome, and if I don't puncture his self-inflated opinion of himself every now and then, he just gets worse and worse."

Yeah, no arrogance at all in your thinking, is there? Good thing you're so humble and modest!

"one does indeed hear about the stuff that conservative victim-wannabes claim is being swept under the rug."

Until this incident, you'd see it essentially ignored. There'd be an occasional article, quickly ignored or glossed over. No real outrage, just a 'Well, what can you do?' sort of attitude. Honor killing overseas? "Oh, a Muslim. Well, that's their culture..." Honor killing here in the US? "Oh, that's a shame. But we can't criticize, he's a Muslim and they're different..." Thankfully, our legal code doesn't recognize such 'differences'.

Misogyny overseas? Ignore it until you can't, then downplay.

But this - this is pretty hard to downplay.


The fact that lefties treat... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

The fact that lefties treat CAIR as if it is a serious organization worthy of respect says about all that needs to be said about how seriously they take things.

I never claimed humility an... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I never claimed humility and modesty as virtues I possess, Mr Lawson. Neither do I think I possess clairvoyance, but Jim does.

"No real outrage, just a 'Well, what can you do' sort of attitude." You mean kind of like conservatives felt about racial discrimination until the promulgation of affirmative action policies?

We all have priorities, Lawson. I find it arrogant for one person to accuse another of having no "moral compass" because the other hasn't demonstrated sufficient outrage about the first person's pet issue.

For instance, my local issue here in Wake County, NC. A Tea Party backed school board majority is attempting to dismantle 30 years of successful diversity policy, a policy which has resulted in schools that are a major attraction for new business in the area, in favor of "neighborhood" - read "segregated" - schools.

Where oh where is the outrage from Wizbang? Why has Wizbang not covered this, as many liberal blogs have? Has Wizbang NO MORAL COMPASS???? Where is Jim M on this issue? Where are you, Lawson? Where is your moral compass?

See how stupid that is?

.... a group of females fil... (Below threshold)

.... a group of females filed against Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld. The women allege the American defense establishment is responsible for the alleged sexual assaults the women suffered during their time in the military and claim their alleged abusers were a product of America's military culture ....

Their are scores of very good reason real militaries keep women the Heck away from the roles and the men whose purpose is to kill people and to break their stuff.

All of the reasons we've all heard talked about and as many most of us will never think about or know.

For instance, my local i... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

For instance, my local issue here in Wake County, NC. A Tea Party backed school board majority is attempting to dismantle 30 years of successful diversity policy, a policy which has resulted in schools that are a major attraction for new business in the area, in favor of "neighborhood" - read "segregated" - schools.

Ah, code words. Aren't they FUN? And it MUST be because of racism, right? After all, there's no OTHER concieveable reason, like a school budget that's unsustainable, or parents that want their kids to spend time studying instead of rolling around on busses, right?

“There’s a lot of cachet right now around the idea of neighborhood schools ... but if the community is segregated residentially, what you are gaining in proximity, you are losing in diversity and in integration,” Mr. Dorosin says.

Parents and residents who spoke in favor of the new policy at Tuesday’s board meeting said busing for the purpose of economic diversity poses an unfair burden on families, in terms of costs to the district and in time that children could spend on learning rather than being transported.

“Nobody wants to be on the side of seeming like they want to resegregate schools,” says Andy Smarick, a fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank that focuses on education. “But the real challenge here for the school board is to figure out is: If we’re going to go back to a system based on [students’] home address, how do we make sure that every single kid has access to a high-performing school?”

The school board will take up to 15 months to develop the new assignment plan.
Or are those code words too?

Tell ya what - if you don't like what your school district is doing, do what we did in order to get our kid into a good school.

MOVE!

Take some responsibility for yourself and do what's needed for your family instead of depending on OTHER people to bail your cheap ass out. Don't like the school distrcit? Get the fuck out. Can't do that? Then get your kids into a private school. Too expensive, you say? Well, it's a fucking good thing that in the name of FAIRNESS the chance for school vouchers was stymied, wasn't it? We spend about a 10th of our combined income to make sure the little guy gets the best education we can give him, and we still pay local taxes for the schools. We organize our work schedules to get him to and from school, since there's no bus service. You can do a hell of a lot if you feel you have to, and you feel it's your responsibility and not someone else's.

There's a lot of things we could put that money to, like getting the house painted - but you've gotta have priorities, right?

Are you willing to do the same thing? To put your money where your mouth is?

That's where my moral compass is, Bruce. To take care of my family as best I can. Yours seems to be to get other people to pay for your kid's education, and whine when something changes which MIGHT inconvenience you or lead to what you consider a substandard education.

So I'm thinking you might want to check your azimuth adjustment on your moral compass - I don't think you're going in the right direction at all.

By the way, before we moved we mentioned to folks how the schools locally weren't very good - and one suggestion was to stay where we were and work to reform the schools. We laughed at that. As far as I was concerned, the school had ALREADY failed. We could have taught him to say "Do you want fries with that?" in first grade, and saved 11 years.

The little guy's got one shot at learning enough to make it - I wouldn't put him in a crappy school and hope it got better over time.

You just can't resist lectu... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

You just can't resist lecturing me at length, can you, Mr Lawson?

I live here in Wake County, sir. You have looked up the issue, apparently, and found an article that suggests some of the supporters of neighborhood schools have reasons other than racism for their support.

Which I don't deny. But if you think that most of the neighborhood-schools advocates are worried about long bus rides, I suggest you may be mistaken.

For one thing, we don't have "forced busing" here. We have magnet schools, in which some desirable programs are set in inner-city neighborhoods, thus attracting suburban students who voluntarily attend those schools. In turn, some inner-city kids are bused out to neighborhoods where programs they might like are offered. The only people taking long bus rides are those who wish to attend a school across the county. No one is forced to spend hours on a bus instead of learning.

The policy as it has evolved over the last 30 years has resulted in some of the best public schools in the state, attracting many high-tech companies who want to relocate here because their employees want to attend these public schools. The combination of Research Triangle Park and the excellent schools in the area is a huge factor in the prosperity this area enjoys.

So you see it's not a matter of wanting others to bail my cheap ass out. My older daughter has already graduated from a diverse Wake County school; my younger daughter is in the 9th grade and will only be affected for a couple of years. No, it's a matter of wanting what's good about Wake County to STAY good - something you, who seem to only focus on YOU and YOURS - might not understand.

I never used the phrase "code words," Lawson. Don't put words in my mouth. If you lived in this area, you might see that, if one strictly adheres to neighborhood boundaries in school assignment, the schools are going to be resegregated, INTENTIONALLY OR NOT. The fact that the Tea Party is behind the new school board majority leads a cynical me to think it might be intentional, but what do I know? I only live here.

I attended segregated schools in the South until the 10th grade. I don't think schools should be resegregated, whether the motivation is racism, classism, or any other reason. Diversity, especially if it can be achieved with as little inconvenience as has been our experience in Wake County, is a worthy aim in public education, and I'm fighting for it. You may think I should shut up, pay for private school, or whatever, but, nope, I ain't gonna.

'Diversity' as a code word ... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

'Diversity' as a code word for "Skin color" is a problem. . .

when a liberal says 'DIversity' they only mean skin color. . and never thought or opinion - unless that means a: Liberal opinion or B: Anti western opinion.




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