The status of women in pre-Islamic Arabia was extremely low. Infanticide, patrilineal marriage and polygyny were only a few things that women had to live with. A woman had no share in inheritance because she was regarded as unwise and incapable of effectively managing her inherited property, and although women’s statuses varied from tribe to tribe, a woman was almost always a subordinate of her father or husband. A female child born was the possibility of disgrace, and the affirmation of having an economic burden to take care of. Of course, Islam changed the structure of Arab society and made many reforms concerning the rights of women, giving them a much higher status and the respect that they had previously so sorely lacked, clarifying that they had the same obligations and responsibilities towards their faith and society that men did.
So why is it that today, centuries later, women are still having to fight mental and physical abuse over their gender, and to break down the impossible standards and boundaries that have been put up for them? Why is it that throughout the world, and most certainly in the Middle East, girls are being raised to aspire to a different life than boys? Why is it that girls are taught to be obedient, demure and be successful in finding a proper husband while boys are taught to be strong, wise and successful in building a career and name for themselves?
Culture: The ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society. Religion: An organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods, an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. Two different things and yet, people treat them as though they are interchangeable. Yes, they may go hand in hand, but the wrongful justification of cruelty, bigotry and selfishness isn’t anywhere in their description. Muslim women were given rights by god, and in the name of that same religion, men have taken them away.
Today, many in the Arab world use their religion as a way of declaring their divine right as the alpha sex. Because I was born male, I have the God-given right to exert my force, will and ideas on you, the woman. Often, the principles that these men live by are neither logical nor do they make sense, and as a result, women are suffering.
Feminist: the person who believes in the Social, Political, and economic equality of the sexes. Women in the Arab world are struggling to have the same living standards as men do. Parents set unrealistic standards for their daughters, all the while raising them in an environment where the male always has the upper hand. Feminism isn’t asking for much, it’s asking for equality. For years people from all walks of life have fought to liberate themselves from oppression they faced because of their beliefs, race or ideas. Now, women...