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Karen Harradine: A female Dr Who cannot protect girls from FGM


I could not care less that the new Doctor Who is a woman. This second rate TV show has nothing to crow about. Another science fiction gender character swop took place long ago, in 2004, with the incendiary reboot of Battle Star Galactica. The male character of Starbuck was recast as the indomitable Kara Thrace, played by the talented Katee Sackhoff, and is probably one of the most complex and interesting female characters ever to be written.  And all this happened without the nauseating fuss made about Jodie Whittaker.

Hypocritical feminist furore shows no sign of abating. Serena Williams recently bitterly complained about John McEnroe’s logical suggestion that she would be the 700th seed if she directly competed with men. At the same time feminist geographers warned against citing too many white men in academic journals.

This would be funny if it was not so calamitous. Because all of this is a distraction from the real abuse against women and girls which does not take place in TV shows, on tennis courts or among Western academics. In an astounding feat of cognitive dissonance, feminists are unable to tear their attention away from criticising and mocking white men while ignoring the horrific abuse of girls and women actually occurring right in front of them.  In trying to act all trendy and virtuous feminists are really harming those they purport to help.

Feminists scream about the patriarchy yet conveniently ignore obvious examples of obscene and regressive patriarchal practices by Islamic fundamentalists – forced marriages, honour killings and female genital mutilation (FGM). Recent figures show that 11,000 cases of honour crimes occurred in the UK between 2010-2014. These girls and women are branded like cattle, their lives deemed virtually worthless in comparison to men.

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were over 9,000 cases of FGM recorded by the NHS. FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985. Yet despite this there have been no prosecutions. Our useless police force has even admitted that they have no idea where in the UK girls are being subjected to this brutal form of medieval misogyny. The police, like the Crown Prosecution Service and our weak government, are too scared of being accused of racism to deal seriously with the abusive evil of FGM. They would rather prosecute someone for a bad joke on Twitter or a journalist for speaking the truth, than save a girl from a lifetime of pain, rape, abuse and even death.

Our post-liberal society is so cowed by the decaying ideologies of multiculturalism, feminism and political correctness that it is prepared to tolerate this abhorrent abuse of girls and women by Islamic fundamentalists. Girls who are forced to go through barbaric FGM risk bleeding to death and if they survive they suffer a miserable existence of infection and pain, foregoing any sexual pleasure.

It should not matter whether FGM is cultural or religious in origin. What matters is that it happens and continues to happen, without protest, because we have been harangued into accepting cultural and religious relativism. We are forced, via the threat of prosecution, to be respectful of other traditions, religious and cultural practices, no matter how heinous they are and how much they contradict our own Enlightenment values, especially the regressive subjugation and abuse of women.

When will we acknowledge that the rights of women in Western countries are light years ahead the rest of the world?  For too long the UK has demonised its own Judeo-Christian values and any dissent is quickly shut down.  Our entire government is complicit in allowing this medieval torture of young girls to continue in our own country in the name of political correctness.

Our cowardly authorities also tolerate forced marriages. Most of the girls affected by this are sent by their families in the UK to marry in Islamist run countries. Disgracefully over 10 per cent of forced marriages of UK citizens take place in our own country. Despite the fact that forced marriage was made an offence in 2014 there has been only one successful prosecution against this awful form of child abuse.

Even the horrific ordeal of Banaz Mahmod is not enough to galvanise our police into saving abused women. Banaz’s father arranged for her murder all because she had the temerity to fall in love with a man deemed not a strict Muslim by her family. Her own uncle watched as she was brutally raped and garrotted by another man. Our authorities are so fearful of being called racist that they are now so paralysed and can no longer prevent the murder of women like Banaz. There is a certain evil in this stupefied ethos which must be called out.

But the UK is not alone in this ridiculous kowtowing to Islamic fundamentalism. The plethora of child marriages among Syrian refugees has now led to Germany drafting new laws banning the practice. Whether this law will be enforceable and result in any prosecutions of those guilty of this form of paedophilia is yet to be seen. I have a suspicion that it will be as ineffectual as our own laws against FGM and forced marriages.

Western societies are so caught up in self-hatred and fear, imposed by politicians, feminists, quangos, charities and activists full of their own deluded self-importance and desperate to virtue-signal their twisted ideologies regardless of whom it hurts. If we let them dictate the agenda many more of these girls and women who live among us will suffer and die.

Even the abhorrent practice of throwing acid into women’s faces has now been imported to our shores. Our Judeo-Christian creed means we cannot stand by and let innocents suffer like this. We are not hypocrites like feminists, who, if they had any integrity, would be marching in our streets protesting against honour killings, child brides and FGM instead of bleating on about mythical pay gaps.

We have to ignore the insane idea of being respectful of these hideous cultural and religious practices against girls and women. Otherwise this abhorrent abuse will become the norm in our own society. There is an Old Testament saying: “Justice, justice shall you pursue”. For the sake of our Enlightenment way of life we must be brave and speak out for those girls and women who have no voice and no power.

(Image: Guido van Nispen)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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