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Women Between Islam and Western Society

Women Between Islam and Western Society

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Woman between Islam and Western Society highlights the conceptual difference about women in Islam and in the west by analyzing that the evils of Muslim Society stems from the gap between principle and practice, whereas the evils of western society are the result of a clash between principles and realities. Western civilization has formed principles independent of religious principles.
Woman between Islam and Western Society highlights the conceptual difference about women in Islam and in the west by analyzing that the evils of Muslim Society stems from the gap between principle and practice, whereas the evils of western society are the result of a clash between principles and realities. Western civilization has formed principles independent of religious principles.

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In an attempt to provide women with an equal
status, modern civilization has, in fact, only
managed to provide her a permanently unequal
status. In whatever sector of the western economy a
woman may be working, she is considered second
rate as compared to a man. Even to achieve this

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second-rate position, a woman has to pay a certain
price. She must willy-nilly become the plaything of
men, allowing herself to be subjected to masculine
cruelty and lasciviousness. The following is an
extract about a report on American working
women:

They sound like experiences in a Delhi bus.
Lewd gestures, offensive language, attacks on
your person — the American workplace is for
its women workers what public transport is
for women in Delhi. A bank teller, Michelle
Vinson, suffered physical abuse and alleged
rape by the bank’s vice-president Sidney
Taylor for four years until finally, assisted by
a women’s organisation, she went to court.
The district court rejected her appeal, largely
because she had remained silent for four years
and had not used the bank’s complaint
procedure to ask for help. It held that any
relationship between the two was voluntary.
The higher court of appeal rejected every
finding of the district court and the matter
finally found its way to the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled
that sexual harassment is a direct
infringement of a woman’s right to
employment. It creates a hostile and abusive
work environment in which she may be
forced to leave her job or in which she cannot
function to her full potential, even if such
unwelcome sexual demands are not directly
linked to concrete employment benefits. In
other words, the court ruled that it violates
U.S. civil laws against sex discrimination in
the workplace.

Sexual harassment of working women is
endemic, said the friends-of the-court brief filed
by numerous women’s organisations for this
case. In the last five years, about half the
American female working force has suffered
this type of harassment at work. This does not
just happen to women in factories or at blue
collar workplaces. Within the fibreglass, multi-
storied skyscrapers, the American office is not
as pleasant for its women secretaries, lawyers,
and other professionals as its air-conditioned,
carpeted and muted decor makes it appear.

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About 42 percent of federally employed
women were harassed in their jobs, stated a
recent two-year survey done by the Official
Merits Protection Board. Another 60 percent
of the members of the American Federation of
State, Country and Municipal Employees said
that sexual harassment was a frequent
problem for them. And between 1981 and
1985, the number of such complaints to the
Equal

Employment

Opportunities
Commission, established to monitor
employment practices, shot up by 70 percent.
The complaints vary from the physical
violence of rape and assault to the insidious
harassment of unwanted pushing and
touching, persistent sexual demands,
offensive sexual comments, constant
conversations containing sexual innuendoes
and coarse language.

The offender usually makes his moves swiftly
and silently, when there are not witnesses
around. He is usually confident that fear,
embarrassment, and often the Hopelessness of
the situation will keep the victim from making

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public complaints. And when complaints are
made, he can use every defence that this grey
area of social attitudes and innuendoes
provides. When it is so hard for a rape victim
to prove she has been violated, one can
imagine how much harder it is for a victim of
the less dramatic forms of violence to prove
her case.

In such instances, if the offenders are their
supervisors, women who resist or complain
find themselves burdened with an increased
workload, scathing work evaluation,
unwarranted reprimands and sheer hostility.
So many quit their jobs rather than go to
court. When neither alternative seems
feasible, they give in, quietly.25

This is the condition of the American female
worker, in spite of laws having been passed
assigning equal status to both sexes. There are even
laws prohibiting harassment of women workers by
men, but this has not prevented women being
victimized by unprincipled male colleagues and
superiors. Their helplessness stems from the fact

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that they have already left their parents and
husbands and need to work for a living. If they left
their offices as well, there would be nowhere left for
them to go. If the factory or office were not last in
the line of social and economic refuges for women,
many workplaces would find their female task force
becoming rapidly depleted.

The state of women workers in western offices is no
mere accident, so that legislation can do little to
improve the situation. It is such a serious and
complex matter that no rule or regulation can
effectively deal with it. If we hold that a bird and a
bull are equal and bring them into a field to fight a
duel on an equal footing, as a result of which the
bird gets crushed, can we then stop this cruelty by
imposing laws to this effect? Can there be a law to
prevent a bird from being trampled on when it
encounters a bull?

It has to be conceded that nature has cast men in the
stronger and women in the weaker and more
delicate mold. This accounts for nature making
different demands upon men and women, resulting
in a convenient division of labor. Any alteration in

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the division of labor is a deviation from nature: the
solution to the ensuing problems lies only in a
reversion to nature. They can never be solved while
continuing on the path of rebellion from nature.

A flower, for instance, finds a prestigious position
for itself as part of a bouquet, but if the same flower
is placed under a rock, it will get crushed beyond all
recognition. The same is true of a woman. In her
own natural setting — the home — she is in a
position of honour and prestige, and all her qualities
shine forth as a result. But the moment she steps out
of it to enter a crassly competitive world, she
descends from the pedestal on which her family has
placed her, and sinks deep into the mire of
masculine oppression. Instead of her feminine
talents coming into play quite naturally within the
domestic framework, and bringing joy to herself and
to her nearest and dearest ones, they become the
object of the lustful exploitation of total strangers,
and sources of frustration and stultification to the
woman herself. The humiliations of the office, the
shop and the factory are no fair exchange for the
honor of family life. Outside the home, a woman
feels constantly under siege.

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There is no doubt that nature has cast men in the
stronger, and women in the weaker mold. This
accounts for nature making different demands
upon men and women, resulting in a convenient
division of labor. Any divergence from this pattern
only creates problems in the home, especially for
children. Many solutions have been sought to these
problems, but the only effective way of setting
matters right is to return to the order established by
nature.

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