What I Wrote 2015, and what has changed?How do Muslim women defend themselves? What does it take to strike back? Do they even want to and are western feminists obligated to help, since Muslim women aren’t children? Many don’t see Islam as a threat at all, but a religion of peace. Feminism is against fascism and relies on person’s own agency. Is the situation such at the moment 2020, that we are safe and they are not?

How to deal with religious fanatics, when they think Islamophobes are the problem? Women taking up arms is a sight not often seen which is why I have wondered the fierce opposition Kurdish women have given to ISIS and have continued to wonder why threat of ISIS has not made it so that all women under attack by ISIS do not confront these brutes with force? Women who would be defending themselves, their family members, whole of society and other women against belief that is brutal, medieval and a nonstop wave of crushing human dignity which stops people and Muslim societies from developing and keep rest of the world in fear. To rule with fear is something that has to be answered with, not by fearing but showing no fear and no respect for use of violence, violence that is obviously very normal and in use daily, a threat which hangs over women and girls all the time. To be submissive may be a virtue but in this case self-defense is acceptable and encouraged to be taken. When there is a culture of self-defense being acceptable and a human right women can feel they do not depend on others to defend them and rescue them. This goes for education and providing for oneself, standing up to oneself and speaking for human rights. It is unacceptable for women and children to have to bear a heavy burden of constant violence, loss, destruction, dictatorship, male dominance and hatred which is based on religion, in God’s name, given word and will. It is intolerable that divinity is used to make such slaughter, misery and death. It is godless. God helps those who help themselves has some truth to it. That is spirituality in action and you must have spirit. It is sad when women are made to feel helpless without means, without any say over the matter of their lives, that they are minimized into slaves that can be stolen, sold, raped and murdered on whims of men who are mentally teenagers and spiritual cavemen.  

So I ask, how do Muslim women defend themselves and I have a right to ask as the flood of refugees becomes more and more overwhelming? How does one defend one’s right to the land that ISIS and other rebels have taken over? Why ISIS is the one with arms and means to bomb everything down, slave and slaughter people as it wishes, make judgments over people’s lives and act like God was on their side only?

Women who do as men do are often ridiculed for having lost their femininity in the process when they grab a weapon. It is a little loss in comparison to what ISIS is taking from Muslim women and children. To ban women from moving anywhere without a chaperone, under rule of their fathers, brother, sons, other male relatives wearing a complete cover is surely a paralyzing factor.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/2007/12/muslim-women-learning-to-defend-themselves-what-a-joke-2/“(Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath men the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High Exalted, Great.) (An-Nisaa’ 4: 34)” http://www.protectedpearls.com/womeninislam.htm

Portrait 2015, pencil on paper

Your guns, your freedom? Your fears are your jail. Arms are power, without power what are we?

https://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/why-we-need-global-arms-trade-treaty “Every day, millions of people suffer from the direct and indirect consequences of the irresponsible arms trade: thousands are killed, others are injured, many are raped, and/or forced to flee from their homes, while many others have to live under constant threat of weapons.”
How is it that there are striking similarities between men’s rights groups and associations that fight for American right to own and manufacture firearms? Arguments those both entities use are somewhat similar. There is nothing there for these groups to consider that should be different in what they do and how they think. Threats come from the outside and threaten a way of life, sovereignty and freedom to defend oneself with firearms. To bear a gun is therefore a human right. It is a scary world where one is forced to change even though the enemy does not look peaceful and to be without bullets is like being naked. There are enemies everywhere for people who are dreadfully frightened and scared of losing and surrendering. This small defenceless individual does not wish anything to change, least himself. One can ask why is that? Lobbying for weapon industry, the money flow and jobs it creates? God made him perfect so why change and money weapon industry makes is fabulous. People have all kinds of rights but to bear a gun is not on my list. Arguments used have correlation to being seriously offended by what that other person just said all the time, because minds are made up and somethings just are solid as a rock.
Similarities are there when gun owners feel threatened by someone telling it is not right to threaten security and future of mankind, meaning security of others. Those others by whom the chosen ones with weapons are threatened by. It is not right or even good for you to eat meat every day, it is not hugely correct not to regulate arms trade (results are there open wide), yes it is good to feel secure, but if guns are the only thing that make you feel secure there is seriously something wrong. Alarm bells should be ringing at your end in a different way. Those who defend their right to bear arms as much as they wish do not see themselves a s threat. Why is that? Is it because God is on their side? So far there have been extremely few attacks against the US on their soil. Nobody has been threatening their independence nor their manufacturing or owning of arms. Only threat there against the US is themselves. It is an upside down world where self-reflection could actually do a lot of good.
It is also curious how American lobbyists for freedom to bear arms affect the whole world. There are quite many threats and continues to be as arms do not lessen the threats. Logic is not on your side. Arms do not make you secure, they create an atmosphere of threat and fear, atmosphere of death and distrust. It is interesting how the United States is frightened over Iran having a nuclear bomb. Yes it is scary and rearmament is not stopping because threats are not going anywhere as long as weapon trade cannot be regulated. It is made hugely difficult when UN is the mighty authority and nations with serious military power do not vote for regulation. Some things never change one might think and that is especially nations with macho attitude and a way of life to protect. It is ironic how a way of life is affecting the whole world and the wall is right ahead into which a way of life is driving rather fast.