CAIRO - As angry reactions continued against protests by topless feminists in front of European mosques last week, feminist groups across Europe have rejected the use of Islamophobic clichÃ©s in defending women issues.
I'm amazed that this form of brutal and crude feminism can even exist in 2013, Hilal Sezgin, an author and journalist who writes about women's issues and Islamophobia for German publications, told Deutsch Welle on Friday, April 12.
When I was an active feminist in the early 90s, they were against prostitution.
World Muslims Reject Topless Protests
Even then, we were asking ourselves how we could do that without being domineering or patronizing to women.
Sezgin was referring to protests staged last week by topless women near mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe to express support for FEMEN activist Amina Tyler.
Tyler, a Tunisian activist, sparked a massive controversy in mid-March by posting topless photos of herself on Facebook, with the slogans Fuck Your Morals and My Body Belongs To Me, And Is Not The Source Of Anyone's Honor, painted on her body.
The April 4 Topless Jihad Day was recognized across European capitals such as Berlin, Kiev and Paris.
The event was organized by FEMEN, a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev that was founded in 2008.
Over the weekend, Tyler said on French television that she was happy about the solidarity.
But when Femen burned a flag with the Muslim profession of faith on it in front of a mosque in Paris, Tyler said that went too far.
They didn't just insult some Muslims, but all Muslims, she said.
Rejecting Femen message, Muslim women staged an online protest, held under the title Muslimah Pride Day.
Using social media sites, some Muslim women have posted photographs of themselves holding placards with messages to Femen such as Nudity does not liberate me - and I do not need saving.
Other women held placards reading Femen can't tell me what I can and can't wear.
Feminists also criticized the topless protestors for failing to find out what is important to the women which feminists are meant to be connecting with.
We've long known that feminism is a kind of solidarity with women, among women and for women, Sezgin, the author said.
That is exactly what the Femen women are not doing.
They are using classic Islamophobic clichÃ©s: the suppressed women in a veil, which is supposedly counteracted by Western nakedness.
Islam, as a divine religion, sets down rules that strike a balance between men's responsibilities and women's rights.
Woman is recognized by Islam as the full and equal partner of the man in the procreation of humankind.
By this partnership, she has an equal share in every aspect.
She is entitled to equal rights, she undertakes equal responsibilities, and she has as many qualities and as much humanity as her partner.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net