Friday, July 29, 2016

Dangers of False Equivalence

Lately I’ve been noticing a growing trend of people (mostly feminists) talking about two very different things in the same context/sentence/paragraph, as if they were one and the same thing. I’m of course talking about the systematic abuse of women in Muslim countries and the gender pay gap in the West. One example: the #whatIReallyReallyWant remake video of the Spice Girls hit “Wannabe” by the charity “Project Everyone”.

On the surface, it seems to make some sense. Both are about mistreatment of and/or bias against women. But can we really suggest that the kind of abuses Muslim women throughout the world face on a daily basis is somehow related to the lack of absolute gender equality in the modern Western workplace? That practices like honor killings, banning of education for girls, child marriages, and female genital mutilations are somehow all issues on an equal footing with the perceived lack of equal opportunities and remunerations for working men and women in the West?