Burqa Barbie: Veiled oppression

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

24 November 2009: In the event you missed it: just in time for this year’s Judeo-Christian holiday season and Mattel’s 50th anniversary is Barbie dressed in traditional Islamic garb. In other words, it’s  a “Burqa Barbie” that was “unveiled” last Friday at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence, Italy, as reported in the UK’s Daily Mail here (MailOnline). The “Burqa Barbie” is one rendition of about 500 Barbie dolls that are part of an auction benefitting Save the Children Charity.

While there are some who believe that the “Burqa Barbie” represents a celebration of diversity, they either fail to realize (or deliberately mislead people from believing) that Islam teaches women are inferior to men based on the Qu’ran and the teachings of other authoritative texts. It is a well documented and undeniable fact is that Islam oppresses women more than any other “religion,” are considered “possessions,” and are permitted to be beaten by their husbands under Sharia law.

Before falling victim to the fallacy that a burqa-clad Barbie is a positive step toward multiculturalism, consider these examples about the treatment of women, taken directly from the Qu’ran:

Under Islam, women are inferior to men. “…And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree over them…” Sura 2:228

Under Islam, a wife is a possession. “Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet; woman and sons; heaped up hoards of gold and silver; horses…” Sura 3:14

Under Islam, women are unclean. Any man who touches his wife (or any woman) before prayer, he is considered “unclean” for prayer. Approach not prayers… until after washing your whole body if ye are ill or on a journey or ye cometh from the wilderness, or ye have been in contact with a woman…” Sura 4:43

Under Islam, a man may beat his wife as well as withhold relations with her as punishment. “…As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and misconduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them…” Sura 4:34

Also under Islam, a woman’s testimony in court is one-half of that of a man’s testimony (Sura 2:282), and she is restricted in divorcing her husband (Sura 66:5). Numerous other examples of the oppressive and brutal treatment of women under Islam exist and are authenticated by Islamic texts and scholars of Islam. Nonetheless, there are those who insist on keeping true Islamic doctrine veiled through deliberate obfuscation or omission of such doctrinal tenets.

The use of an iconic Western figure aimed at children to advance the agenda of an oppressive religion and culture, and desensitize the West to such tenets is a nefariously insidious tactic.

Let’s keep those tenets - and Barbie - unveiled.

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