One of the most popular memes the Left has created over the past few years is the idea that conservatives have somehow declared a War on Women. It’s usually brought out when conservatives declare their opposition to infant slaughter on demand or refuse to support having their money buy other people’s birth control, among many other things. The feminists and their supporters are obsessed with how American conservatives supposedly hate women, but they are usually suspiciously silent about the real War on Women that’s taking place in other countries across the world.
The Middle East is one of the biggest perpetrators of the real War on Women, and the “rape culture” we are told exists here actually does exist there. The nation of Iran is one of the worst offenders in a region full of them, and Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari might just become the next casualty. She was set to be executed today. Her crime? Killing a man who attempted to rape her. Fox News explains what happened:
Jabbari, who worked as a decorator, was convicted of the 2007 fatal stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Jabbari, who was 19 at the time, has long maintained Sarbandi drugged her and tried to rape her after the two met at a café and she agreed to go to his office to discuss a business deal.
Sarbandi took Jabbari to a rundown building in a remote location, according to her supporters. Once there, he offered her a fruit drink which forensic tests conducted by the police determined contained a date-rape drug, according to human rights advocates.
Jabbari allegedly stabbed Sarbandi in the shoulder with a small pocket knife and fled, while Sarbandi bled to death.
Human rights advocates say the case shows the brutality and intolerance of Iran’s penal system.
“She has been tortured in so many ways in prison. They may have pressured her to confess,” said Shabnam Assadollahi, an Iranian activist based in Canada.
I used the past tense when introducing this story because Persian sources are reporting that the sentence has been suspended. The English website Iranian Human Rights reports that she has been granted a stay of execution for only 10 days, meaning that it could still be carried out.
It’s also worth noting that this execution was handed out under the watch of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who, in 2012, was supposed to be the more “moderate” candidate. Except, as the article notes, executions and human rights violations have gone up under his tenure.
How do American feminists and the wider Left feel about this? I haven’t heard any comments from them on this (shocking, I know), but we can extrapolate from some of their opinions on recent events in the United States. When 2014 Miss America Niz Sanchez stated that she thought it was “very important” for women to learn self-defense to protect themselves from attackers, many feminists freaked out. The Huffington Post even dedicated a couple of videos to the subject. Instead of self-defense, we are told that women should attempt to ward off rapists by urinating, vomiting, or informing the would-be rapist that they are menstruating. On college campuses, where we are told the rape problem is especially bad, the suggestion that women should carry guns is, of course, banned.
Meanwhile, as Reyhaneh’s tale notes, she was drugged as part of the attempted rape. Here in the United States, we have developed a nail polish that will detect one of the most popular drugs used in the commission of date-rape. How did feminists react? We were told by them that the existence of this nail polish was also a part of rape culture. An item that could help deter rape actually helps, in their mind, enable rape. This is how the feminist mind works.
So while American feminists and their fellow allies on the Left are condemning all of these entirely rational ways to prevent rape, we find them enabling a barbaric mindset that exists in some of the worst perpetrators of the real War on Women abroad. Perhaps this is why they are so quiet on the dire situations faced by so many women across the world.
We shouldn’t let the anti-woman mindset of so many American feminists distract us from the real tragedy here. Reyhaneh Jabbari might die because of her country’s backwards, barbaric justice system, which is based in Sharia law, and Iran will likely get off scot-free in the court of international relations. We should be talking about why we don’t talk about the myriad of problems women face in so many countries, and we should be talking about why so many Islamic countries are the perpetrators of some of the worst crimes against women in the world. This is the battleground for the real War on Women, and in this war, there are actual casualties. Instead, here in the United States, the “War on Women” is a catchphrase used by feminists and the Left to argue for free and unfettered access to abortion and birth control.
We need to change our priorities, and we can start by focusing our efforts on saving Reyhaneh from this unjust sentence. A Facebook page has been set up for updates on her situation, and the aforementioned Iran Human Rights website has been covering her case extensively. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #SaveReyhaneh (an alternative spelling of the name). I believe it is possible that real justice will triumph, but we can’t be silent. We must speak up.
May God have mercy on Reyhaneh Jabbari.