Revolutionary feminist action at university event in Belgium

Valiant, revolutionary operations by the soldiers of feminism continue amidst the struggle against oppression. According to the latest reports, a band of topless feminist guerillas ambushed the Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Malinas-Brussels (Belgium) during a conference on freedom of expression:

The video is not of very good quality, photographs from the event [NSFW] show the details better, for those readers who want to take a closer look at the… uh… matter.

But, you’ll have to forgive us for adding to the saturation-level demonizing coverage of these feminists. Since this incident happened on April 18th, the mass media and the online news media have been covering it breathlessly. We apologize for adding to that overwhelming media assault on Feminism. Between this event and the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, it’s just non-stop media hysteria in the war on women.

Enough sarcasm. Let’s just hope the feminists don’t show up at your local gurdwara or nagar kirtan.

It’s ironic that at the conference on freedom of expression the feminists expressed themselves via multiple channels while they silenced Archbisop Leonard who, in a show of real class, clasped his hand and began to pray silently as the feminists continued to douse him with water.

Silence is complicity. Let’s hope “Sikh Feminists” will soon express their take on this revolutionary feminist action against the evil patriarchy.

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2 comments

  1. Navpreet Singh Hundal · · Reply

    I took the time to read through your blog and what I thought might be an interesting project turned out to be disappointing.

    I’ll take your “Initial Comments” post as an example.

    “First, a flick of the farla”

    I had no clue what this was and had to google it. Found this (http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/69829-farla/). Would have been better to be gender neutral in how you decide to present yourself for effect, and also probably better not to associate this blog with Nihangs, because surely all Nihangs don’t desire the same thing that you do when it comes to the place of women in society. Can women be Nihangs? I’ve been to a couple of Nihang dears and never seen a woman. Do they practice purdah? (this is a serious question, it is not rhetorical).

    Your next section on “Feminism” and “Sikhism” is worth taking a look at. When you say “does their version of feminism…”, you hit the nail on the head. One of the innovations of third wave feminism in the academy is to recognize that there is no one “feminism” and that not all women desire the same things for themselves and their fellow women. Thus, women in the first world of upper middle class upbringing probably don’t think that their husbands have the same rights over their bodies as shit poor women in the third world, and have different means of expressing their thoughts about it. You write “in typical feminist style.” That’s the point. There is no “typical feminist style” per se, except for this sort of 1960s really rudimentary second wave feminism that you have concocted as “the” feminism par excellence. Its a straw man argument, man. Make up something more complicated because these women writing about feminism simply aren’t that stupid to prop up such uncritical arguments. Its interesting that you bring up the idea of abortion. The vast number of aborted of Sikh infants historically has its roots in the idea that a female child is not as materially useful as a male one, and thus it is a strategic choice to either get an abortion or bury a newborn female child or throw it in a river. There is historical evidence for this, and the statistics of Punjab reveal this. That is a bad thing and is something feminists fight against. “Kuri Jattan di majboori.”

    I think that you are more than within your right to question the dominant framework of “feminism” and how it may or may not be compatible with “Sikhism.” I think also that you are misguided in your approach in that you are not acting in any sense of good faith in trying to dialogue and rather seem to think that the greatest threat to Sikhi is feminism. And for that, I think you are shooting yourself in the foot before the race begins, and distracting the panth from more serious issues. Wait a second. Are you an RSS agent? This would fit the narrative of many very well.

    Now I’ll give you my take: Sikhi as a way of life I would submit without a shred of evidence is more interested in elevating women to share equal status with men. If you think that there is no need for any work to be done for the advancement of women in today’s day, then you might as well give up this blog because I think most people who have ruminated on the topic realize that in every single society, women are kept structurally inferior to men, whether that means that women cannot get the same pay as men for doing the same amount of work, that women enjoy less freedom to walk around for fear of being sexually violated, that women are expected to be inherently deferent to men’s wishes, that women are shamed for expressing any kind of sexual desire vis-a-vis men, that it is expected that a woman bear a certain amount of physical violence in the course of their marriage, or that the socially prescribed preferential option for a woman is to cover herself up and be “modest” while men like Fauja Singh run around in his oh-so-short shorts and is venerated in the community while getting aunties all hot and bothered, is all pretty bullshit. That we have such devastatingly small numbers of female Sikh leaders, politicians, and thinkers vis-a-vis men is one easy example. Maybe we shouldn’t have thrown them away in the first place.

  2. Navpreet Singh,

    Your comments are greatly appreciated because they’re sincere and made after you took the time to read through the few posts on this blog so far. They are also very helpful because in one write-up, you’ve concisely summarized a good deal about feminism as it relates to the Sikh community, and as well as could possibly be done favoring the feminist perspective without falling into outright delusion. You’re probably the best ambassador that feminists could have come up with, to comment on this issue, and a male to boot. This is great for feminists and feminism as well as our readership.

    Compared with the mumbo-jumbo from the official Sikh feminists on the web, the meat of your comment is in a league of its own and is quite coherent, albeit fallacious.

    We’ll address your substantive comments in future posts because they overlap with the analysis & discussion we’ve planned for the near future on this forum. Dispatching them in these comments would not do justice to the critical topic of feminism vs. the Sikh way of life.

    Meanwhile, a couple of clarifications:

    1. SAFAR effort is not aimed at debating feminists. That would be a waste of our time and it’s already been addressed in the post “Why we can’t, and won’t, debate with feminists.” So we won’t debate you either. Instead, your commentary will provide useful launchpad for some posts.

    2. While we do not appreciate your accusation of not acting in good faith, your suspicions are understandable because your frame of reference is the dominant, female-centric modern-day mainstream milieu. Our mission is to expose its contradictions and undo the conditioning that’s increasingly been spreading into the Sikh community over the last few decades and destroying the Panth from the inside.

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