Dating in ksa
If feminists care about advancing rights for women of all creeds and countries, then co-opting men into the movement is vital.
Saudi Arabian women—who live in a hierarchical, patriarchal society—will not achieve genuine emancipation unless Saudi men become their allies.
Which is why the racist response to Jameel’s ethnic origin has been particularly painful to see.
As it became known that Jameel was a Saudi heartthrob, the backlash commenced.
He’s a private businessman, who happens to be from Saudi Arabia, a nation where women can’t drive, schoolgirls have burned to death for not wearing correct Islamic dress; female maids and domestic workers are routinely raped, beaten and abused; and women are stoned to death for adultery.
We must never let our outrage at the violations and indignities endured by Saudi women and girls abate.
Earlier this week, R’n’B megastar Rihanna was photographed in a passionate cinch with an as-of-then unidentified man.
Predictably, huge interest greeted the publication of the photographs – following her doomed relationship with rapper and domestic abuser Chris Brown, Rihanna hasn’t gone public with any romance other than a short fling with musical collaborator Drake.
Another troubling subtext to the Jameel backlash is the people tweeting that Rihanna shouldn’t date an Arab man because he’ll never marry an openly sexual woman like her.
To decry him simply on account of his ethnic origin, without any other evidence to support your claims, is flat-out racism. But would we accuse a Venezuelan billionaire of being responsible for his country’s food shortages, or an Australian tycoon of his country’s despicable attitudes towards Aboriginal people?
At most, we can say that Jameel’s personal wealth is representative of the worst inequalities of late-capitalism.
As a British-born woman of Middle Eastern descent, I find this attitude is both tiresome and disempowering.
Perhaps it bears repeating that two women are killed each week by current or former partners in the UK.