Writing in The Corner, Manda Zand Ervin discusses The Stoning of Soraya M.:
The Stoning of Soraya M. must be shown at the annual conference of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, to which I was a delegate. But, of course, this kind of movie will never be shown because of the politics — UNIFEM is receiving millions of dollars from the Islamic regime every year, paid off to see no evil and hear no evil. The hypocrisy is revolting, the immorality is beneath contempt.When I got home, I communicated with a woman activist inside Iran about the movie. She said:
As barbaric as the act of stoning is, it is the brutal assault against the human dignity of a female person that makes me cry of pain and shame. It is the absolute helplessness that makes me cry out in protest and get arrested again and again.How can the powerful women on your side of the world be so indifferent towards the women in this globalized world of theirs? How can they think for one minute that their freedom and equality is worth anything as long as there are women living under these conditions?
Monir K. is one of the many brave Iranian women who have spent many years of her life battling against the sharia laws that makes the stoning of women and young girls legal.
The trust-fund ladies and their friends in Hollywood go to Iran talk to hand-picked Iranians while their “travel handlers,” who are plain-clothed Revolutionary Guards, assigned by the regime, are watching every move people make and every word they utter to the visitors. The ladies of leisure take publicity photos in the mandatory Islamic robes and head covers and come home to talk about their visit to the “exotic Islamic third world.” Iranian women call them “Cultural Imperialists.”
Cultural Imperialists attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, praising the woman selected by the Islamic regime, but they will not utter one word of support for the real activists, the women who are in prisons, getting tortured and hanged, trying to take back their place among the respected people in the world.It is a fact that the feminist American culture, the culture of Hollywood, is one of the major issues that Islamists like Khomeini, Bin Laden, Hezbollah, the Muslim brotherhood, and the Taliban have against America and the West. But this culture supports the Islamists by its silence and indifference to the issue of human rights.
The Stoning of Soraya M. should have received many academy awards, many Cannes awards, and many movie reviews. It is the least this culture can do for the Iranian women suffering to gain the same human rights that American feminists exploit.
I have seen no indication that feminists in the West give a rat’s ass about the rights or dignity of women living under the brutality of Sharia law. Just the opposite, groups like Code Pink, Boobs Not Bombs, et al, support and aid the degradation of women held prisoner by Islam by their refusal to stand up for freedom and democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere.
How can women of conscience turn their backs on their sisters who are being stoned to death because they have been raped? The answer is that feminists are not women of conscience and that in the most profound sense, they do not support freedom for their less fortunate sisters or anyone else.