#TraditionallySubmissive: How 30,000 British Muslim women like me took down David Cameron

The #TraditionallySubmissive hashtag mocked David Cameron

Nice article by Shelina Janmohamed at Ogilvy Noor, here’s an excerpt:

Last week, David Cameron made comments that Muslim women are ‘traditionally submissive’ and that giving us English lessons would help stop extremism.

Mr Cameron had cheerfully knitted together all sorts of stereotypes about Muslim women not speaking English, not integrating, being submissive – and all of this being related to extremism.

But hurrah! He also mansplained that a few English classes would solve all our problems, even though it was he who previously slashed funding for such lessons – those that had been provided for anyone of any background to assist in empowerment and civic participation.

It seems I wasn’t the only Muslim woman to feel incensed. The #TraditionallySubmissive hashtag was taken up by others who wanted to express their despair and anger at being stereotyped.

The result was a fast-paced humorous and passionate Twitter storm yesterday evening between 6pm and 9pm, which was still trending this morning.

It made a firm point: Muslim women have voices, they are diverse, their achievements are wide ranging and impressive, and they are taking charge of their lives and their political engagement.

The aim of the campaign was to establish a clear unequivocal response to Mr Cameron’s dangerous comments and to put an end to the lazy kind of thinking that defines Muslim women as just one thing: “submissive victims” who are just waiting to be saved and civilised.

 

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