I’ve heard several people attack Reza Aslan when he made a statement about the media’s biased attacks on Muslims. One of the statements he made was how in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, men and women are equal. I don’t agree because I don’t think as much as we’d like to think equality exists, we still have a lot more work to do to get there everywhere, so Indonesia would be a part of that.
But here is the sad part, many people, especially those with strong anti-Muslim views, have been attacking Aslan for that statement saying it’s far from true, while they themselves take pride in believing we live in a society where men and women are equal. It doesn’t surprise me that these statements are almost always made by men!
Many of us live under the illusion that men and women are treated equally in our society because we can all vote and apply to the same jobs, though these changes in the last century have been positive, hardly ever do we put things in perspective. How many men ask themselves why there exists a stigma where women are reluctant to report rape and sexual assault? It’s rate to actually take the time to think about why women are highly under-represented in many fields, when in reality they would make great contributions, better than most men who occupy those positions! Why has our society made it so uncomfortable for women to talk about sexual assault, when we should be the first ones rushing in to help?
Do people think about how within the multi-billion dollar porn industry there exists a genre of sexual violence against women that some people get aroused over? Do men take the time to understand how much inequality still exists between men and women, how much misogyny and sexism still plagues the very societies that we like to hold up as the champions of women’s rights!
The ignorance is not only disturbing, but it says a lot about the sociological problems of our society. One of the biggest problems in our world is when we fortify our pathetic ignorance with the comfort of our arrogance. So long as we keep this up, we will not see much progress.