A question just came our way via Twitter:
The link in the tweet is to a guest blog post at the Langar Hall. The same article has recently been posted to SikhChic as well. We actually first came across this write-up at a British feminist website.
First, a flick of the farla to brother @shindasingh for flagging the feminist fakery.
At the British feminist website, we submitted the following comment which seems to have, typically, disappeared into a blackhole:
The author and her colleagues are not experts on the Sikh religion, as can be seen in their bios at their website. They all happen to be persons born into Sikh families and educated in western colleges/universities in subjects completely unrelated to the Sikh religion or history. They probably are accomplished individuals in their domains of specialization – we do not claim to judge that – but when it comes to expertise on the Sikh religion and its philosophy, neither their bios nor their work shows anything resembling expertise beyond that of an average offspring of Sikh parents growing up in the present day world.
It would be great if the post included some excerpts from original Sikh sources, such as the scriptures of the religion, to back up the claims she makes in the post. As practical reality of Feminism and its effects on the traditional family structure stand, the Sikh religion is quite opposed to the unique aspects of Feminism.
We have a blog dedicated to this specific subject at https://sikhantifeminist.wordpress.com and have the mission of separating the facts from fiction and propaganda.
The problem with the “Sikh Feminist” write-up is that nothing in it is defined. It is mostly a collection of vague assertions when it comes to the two key terms underlying it: feminism and the Sikh religion.
What do the author and her colleagues mean by “Feminism” and “Sikhism”? Does their version of feminism encompass the views of Germaine Greer on fathers and daughters? If not, what do they have to say about Greer, an icon of feminism? Do they have a selective take on abortion – in favor of it any time for any reason, unless the sex of the baby is the reason for it? Or is it that, in typical feminist style, the mother can still “choose” it since abortion is her absolute right and trumps the problem of female infanticide? Do they assign any responsibility to women, including the mother, female family members, female abortionists and helpers, for the sex-selective abortions? Do they consider Sikh history and the families of the Ten Nanaks within the framework of “patriarchy”? If yes, is that not then a blight on the Sikh Religion in their feminist view and are they going to say something about it?
There are so many contradictions anyone claiming to be a Sikh and a feminist has to explain. Instead of vague assertions and allegations, we need to get down to specifics, including the definitions of the basic terms behind the claims of being Sikh AND feminist at the same time. No amount of propaganda is going to obscure the elephant in the room.
Readers are encouraged to indulge us in an exercise to hunt for definitions and specifics. Here’s a good place to get started.
We invite a response from the feminists using the comment box below. Unlike other websites, we will post it for the readers to make up their own minds.