Marwa Berro vs. “32 Badass, Ruthless, and Honest Muslim Women”
On January 10, 2014, Tasneem Nashrulla posted at Buzzfeed: “32 Powerful And Brutally Honest Tweets.” The subtitle explains it’s a “snippet of how badass, ruthless and honest Muslim women are.”
Marwa Berro, Lebanese, wore the veil until the age of twenty-four. She writes Between a Veil and a Hard Place. Let’s compare Tasneem Nashrulla’s Tweeters with Marwa’s blog:
Marwa Berro: “…a white Western woman, Lauren Rankin, attempts to make the case that it is not Islam that contributes to misogyny and oppression of Muslim women…Rankin has engaged in what I say is a dangerous refusal to examine the very real influences and intermingling of religion and patriarchy in violence and oppression against women and children in Muslim-majority countries. / My oppression is not a lie, Ms. Rankin.” – The Bigger Lies You’ve Been Told in Denial of Muslim Women’s Oppression
BHT #2 – Aniqah @AniqahC : Constantly having to prove to white fems that Islamic feminism DOES exist so stop trying to “free” me from Islam.
MB: “I wonder about us–Muslims, ex-Muslims, Muslim-ish people, queer and LGBT Muslims and citizens of Muslim-majority countries, Arabs, South Asians, North Africans, Southeast Asians, Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, people from traditional patriarchal societies in the third world, immigrants, et al. I wonder if all of us, if any of us, can reconcile our spiritual, personal, and worldly identities and still do justice to the phenomenally unique pain and/or diversity of experience we carry.” – A Call for Mercy Because of What Muslims and ex-Muslims Share
MB: “We are all Amina Tyler. We are all Aliaa Elmahdy.” A Call for Mercy Because of What Muslims and ex-Muslims Share
BHT #4 – n.s @nsyakiras: white feminists simply love malala yet will not stand in solidarity with other muslim women.
MB: Respect, respect, love to you, Malala. Can you tell me I have hope when someone with your belonging is so hated? – A Call for Mercy Because of What Muslims and ex-Muslims Share
BHT #5 – Zahraa @loredsaviour: White feminists argue women should be able to dress how they want to, yet refuse to let me wear my hijab in peace
MB: “I was forced to wear this shit for 14 years, and ten of those years were in ‘liberal’ Lebanon. Unless the choice to NOT wear the hijab is free of ANY social or legal or material costs by institutions or social structures EVERYWHERE then it’s not a free choice and it can and should be discussed.” – Stop Pretending Your Right to Hijab Is at Risk
It doesn’t take “brutal honesty” to conform to your culture. Ynxxg Hippie & Crew vs Marwa argue against one other. And what’s with the simplistic reductive attack on “white feminists?” Any human who cares about the issue should be welcome to weigh in. As to who takes the risk, bravery is a willingness to face danger without fear. Until Western governments start stoning women who wear the veil, I’m not really buying the “brutally honest” and “powerful” Tweets.
Update: The Death of a Muslim Woman (Details honor killings in Germany of women who want to escape, like Marwa, one woman killed for not “wearing hijab”)