Wente Watch

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wente the liar

Wente continues her jihad against South Asian culture, saying, again, that it is backward and patriarchal compared to white culture. And once again she fails to present any actual evidence in support of her case, only anecdotes.

Is there a bias in South Asian culture that condones violence against women? Of course there is. Every culture in the world condones violence against women, bar none, and white Western culture is certainly no exception. If Wente believe that it is, then she, not feminists, is the one covering up for abusive husbands.

Indeed, for someone who claims to be writing all this in the name of feminism, Wente has a low opinion of feminists. Just listen to her various accusations:

  • Yet [Western feminists] also excuse and even endorse patriarchal behaviour -- so long as it's imported from somewhere else. Feminists (along with folks like Mr. Khalid) were among the leading proponents of introducing sharia law in Ontario.
  • you don't hear very many Western feminists standing up to argue for the right of South Asian and Muslim women to not be slapped around by their husbands
  • Western feminists endorse the veil as an instrument of female empowerment.

Wente does not quote a single actual feminist who really believes any of these things. Real feminists argue for the right of all women, not just South Asians, to not be "slapped around by their husbands." I know of no Western feminist who has endorsed the veil - at most, merely saying that women should not be forbidden from wearing it. And as for sharia law, that is a flat lie. Feminist groups led the successful campaign opposing it.

The reactionary imam she quoted, M.D. Khalid, endorsed Stockwell Day in the 2000 election, not exactly in agreement with most Canadian feminists, unless you count Wente.

Not only is Wente a hypocrite and ethnocentrist, she has now revealed herself a deliberate liar as well. She is pounding away at a straw man - or straw woman - who simply does not exist, and Wente knows it.


  • May be south asians shoudl boycott the Globe and Mail. The voice in Vancouver, OMNI, Weekly voie, can India are many south asian papers that will support, maybe start a online petition to boycott Globe and other media groups will pick up the story.. maybe GLobe will ask her to shut the fuk up!

    By Anonymous hi, at November 05, 2006 11:07 p.m.  

  • "it is backward and patriarchal"

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    By Anonymous Adrian MacNair, at November 06, 2006 1:41 a.m.  

  • I was pretty upset at Wente's Saturday Column. I know so many feminists who worked so hard to stop Sharia law in Ontario. And who advocated tirelessly for the rights of Afgan women long before September 11, 2001 when it the right wing blowhards suddenly noticed them. Wente's claim otherwise was either a deliberate lie, or she's too ignorant to be writing for major paper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 06, 2006 12:17 p.m.  

  • Actually, Margaret Wente was (as far as I can remember) the first mainstream columnist to rally against Sharia Law in Ontario. I might even suggest that thousands of people would have never heard of Sharia Law had it not been for her columns.

    By Blogger toobusyliving, at November 07, 2006 8:42 p.m.  

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