Brava “Ni Putes Ni Soumises” and fuck you Barack Obama

putesI came across an extremely intersting article yesterday.  I can’t remember where I found it or who sent it to me so I can’ t give a h/t but it appeared in the Macau Daily Times and it gave me hope.  The title caught my attention immediately “Feminists attack Obama over Islamic veil”.  Here is what they had to say:

Saturday, 06 June 2009

French feminists attacked US President Barack Obama’s defence of the Islamic veil yesterday, accusing him of dealing a blow to the rights of millions of women in order to appease religious sentiment.
Obama was due to arrive in Paris later in the day, after a Middle East tour in which he gave a speech in which he accused countries like France of hiding “hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.”
France bans girls and young women from wearing Muslim headscarves in state schools, and women’s rights campaigners here see its widespread and sometimes compulsory use in the Islamic world as an abuse of women’s rights.
One French women’s rights group, Ni Putes Ni Soumises (“Neither whores, nor submissives”), said: “Reducing the dialogue between civilisations to a dialogue between religions is once again to instrumentalise women.
“By attacking secularism and defending the veil, the President of the United States […] has hurt the struggle of millions of women, some of whom pay with their lives every day to escape fundamentalist violence,” it said.
Anne Saugier, president of the International Women’s Rights League that was founded by Simone de Beauvoir, accused Obama of seeking to reconcile the United States with Muslims “on the backs of women.”
“What a slap in the face for those women in Algeria, Iran and Afghanistan who died in atrocious conditions for having refused to wear what they consider the most radical sign of their oppression and segregation,” she said.
Wearing some variety of headdress – whether a scarf over the hair, a veil or face mask or a full length “burqua” – is compulsory in some Muslim majority countries and common among Muslim communities in others.
It is considered by some a sign of women’s subjugation and repression, and banned in some public institutions in some countries, but in his speech in Cairo on Thursday, Obama went out of his way to defend it on three occasions.
“It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear,” he said.

Isn’t this interesting?  Groups like NOW and The New Agenda haven’t said shit about Obama’s comments in Cairo not one fucking word.  Their decision to support him in the first place undermined any respect I had ever had for them.  What a bunch of sell outs.  I think term limits on groups like this may be a good idea.  I heard we should all join them and over throw the leaders but they would never let that happen would they.  How is it they have so much power?  How can they stop us?  It truly is about the money isn’t it?  Again, SELL OUTS! Why can’t they see what  Murphy at Puma Pac saw?  The rest of the Puma Nation understood the damage of his comments immediately. Where are these hypocrites?  Where is Ms. Magazine?  Fuck these groups.  It’s time to move on without them. It’s time to use our own strength.  It’s time to find other groups who share our common interests.   Ni Putes Ni Soumises is one of those groups.  Remember what I keep saying?  Think global?  Act local?  this is a perfect example.  If you can’t read French use an online translator or read more about them here.  They are an awesome group with a great mission just like us.  They have been in the news lately and I like what I’m seeing.

Pumas it’s time to push away from the keyboard or to quote Hillary it’s time to use a little shoe leather.  Let’s show that fucker Obama what can happen when Pumas put a little skin in the game.  I don’t k now about you but I am shovel ready.



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