I wasn’t sure there was more to say about the shameful, degrading climbdown by Brandeis University over their invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali—but that if there was, Phyllis Chesler would be the one to say it:
The Brandeis professors who demanded that Ayaan Hirsi Ali be “immediately” dis-invited wrote that “we are filled with shame at the suggestion that (Hirsi Ali’s) above-quoted sentiments express Brandeis’s values.”
Eight[y] seven professors or 29% of the Brandeis faculty signed this letter. These professors teach Physics, Anthropology, Near Eastern and Jewish Studies, English, Economics, Music, Film, Computer Science, Math, Sociology, Education—and Women and Gender Studies. Four percent of the signatories teach Anthropology, 6% teach Near Eastern and Jewish Studies, 9% teach Physics—and 21% teach Women and Gender Studies.
In my 2005 book, The Death of Feminism, this is precisely what I was talking about, namely, the feminist departure from universal human rights, a greater focus on anti-racism than on anti-sexism, and a deadly multi-cultural relativism. These Brandeis feminists, both male and female, are defending Islamist supremacism, (which is not a race), and attacking an African Somali women, who happens to be a feminist hero.
Feminists have called Hirsi Ali an “Islamophobe” and a “racist” many times for defending Western values such as women’s rights, gay rights, human rights, freedom of religion, the importance of intellectual diversity, etc.
The 1960s-early 1970s feminism I once championed — and still do — was first taken over by Marxists and ideologically “Stalinized.” It was then conquered again by Islamists and ideologically “Palestinianized.”
Feminists became multi-cultural relativists and as such, refused to criticize other cultures, including misogyny within those other cultures.
To be fair to the libbers, the same psychosis came to afflict many leftists. Liberal Jews have been similarly “Stalinized” and “Palestinianized”. Just as Stalin (and, later, the Palestinians) intended (Lenin’s “useful idiots”). Stalin and the Arabs were so successful, feminists at Brandeis turned on a feminist victim of Islamofascism, Jews have turned on Israeli victims of Islamic terrorism, and the Obama Left has turned on the nation that is greatest defender of liberty in the world.
Heckuva job, Uncle Joe!