November 24, 2004

Submission reviewed

Maryam of A Dervish's Du'a' offers a very thoughtful review of Theo van Gogh's film Submission:

For me, this film is quite powerful. The young girl is petitioning the silent god of a false religion. The religion of a misogynistic, patriarchal, androcentric Islam. And that could be quite threatening to those who have a vested interest in keeping this false religion alive. The woman is an archetype as she interweves her degraded existence with verses from the Qur'an used to religiously justify the oppression she experiences. She has a romantic love interest, she is gossipped about, she is forced into an arranged marriage to an abusive and repulsive husband. She cloisters herself while dreaming of liberty. She is raped and abused by her paternal uncle and then rebuked for insulting the honor of her family. At each step, the Qur'an is invoked to justify each experience. And that is what happens to some Muslim women. The victims of female genital cutting, of forced marriages, of honor killings - it is all justified through religion.

Posted by Ideofact at November 24, 2004 11:07 AM
Comments

In a society where dating is taboo, the act of 'arranging' a marriage is a soften sin.
In India, girls giggle, whisper and tease about their arranged marriages, just becuase that is often the only route to which they can get- a man.
Abuse in marriage is a separate issue.
A small fraction of women get burnt for dowry-the rest magically fall in love, only they don't know it's 'love'.
I blog about living in such a society-in New York!

Posted by: Shareen at November 26, 2004 05:36 AM

In a society where dating is taboo, the act of 'arranging' a marriage is a soften sin.
In India, girls giggle, whisper and tease about their arranged marriages, just becuase that is often the only route to which they can get- a man.
Abuse in marriage is a separate issue.
A small fraction of women get burnt for dowry-the rest magically fall in love, only they don't know it's 'love'.
I blog about living in such a society-in New York!

Posted by: Shareen at November 26, 2004 05:37 AM