When Rumana Manzur was attacked by her husband in their home last month in the town of Dhaka in Bangladesh, there was an international outcry over this homegrown act of violence. What made this particular incident of spousal assault such a global cause célèbre was the outrageous brutality inflicted upon this poor woman. Rumana Manzur’s husband gouged out her eyes, bit off part of her nose, and beat her so badly that she is currently unable to walk.
But there is another crucial element that has helped to push this horrible act of barbarity front and center onto the stage of public discourse: Rumana Manzur is an academician. Ms. Manzur holds an Assistant Professorship at Dhaka University but she is also pursuing graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. And it is at this Western crossroads of clashing cultures where the pampered and protected world of academic feminism and progressive multiculturalism collide head on with the savage and uncivilized realities facing Third World women.
Welcome to the University of Venus, the home-away-from-home for Generation X feminists, the current torch-bearers for a very old and feckless form of intellectual tripe. You know the type, the academic darlings who never weary of the worn-out chant proclaiming the caste system of progressivism’s raison d’être: Racism, Sexism, Homophobia. The two isms and the one phobia stated in exact rank order of importance to the devout apostles of progressivism. And that creates a very knotty dilemma for modern-day feminists who just can’t seem to break out of that rigid Left-wing caste system that relegates the lives of women around the world to backseat status.
But our GenX breed of know-your-place sisters at the University of Venus seem to have no problem shilling for the bigger and better cause of catering to Third World males and their killer cultures. The University of Venus is an online community of 40 something feminists who describe their intellectual endeavor thusly:
The University of Venus is a collaborative venture bringing together the voices of GenX women in higher education from around the globe…We are the “new breed of heroes”…As GenXers, we take a multidimensional point of view. We are the first generation to embrace difference in society: racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, national, religious, and linguistic. Drawing upon our extensive networks, we will bring many voices to the conversation, highlighting higher education issues around the world.
New Breed of Heroes. Many Voices. Hmmm. Well let’s take a look at this updated version of higher educational wisdom. What do these heroic academicians have to say about the brutal assault against Rumana Manzur, a member of their university inner circle, a sister of their very own?
Afshan Jafar, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College, in her response entitled Death by Culture?, states that the assault against Manzur reminds her of just why coverage of violence in Other, non-Western countries must be approached so very differently. Yes, Ms. Jafar capitalized the word ‘other’. Sort of gives you a hint as to where this intellectual giant is going with her apologetic progressive regurgitation.
…instead of approaching these incidents as something “barbaric,” I encourage my students to analyze them as practices that are embedded in particular economic, political, cultural and global contexts. I am haunted by the thought that instead, some of my students may still come away thinking that life in other parts of the world is simply savage and brutal….The fact is, domestic abuse and violence against women and girls is a serious issue in Western countries as well, but these issues rarely receive the attention they deserve.
And here is Melanie Fullick, a PhD student at York University in Canada. Although Ms. Fullick begins to touch on the core issue, the clash of cultural values, she branches off into the prescribed progressive newspeak to rant against the Racism, Sexism, Homophobia in the West in her article entitled Untold Stories of Internationalization.
And though gendered violence is more prevalent in countries where women’s rights are restricted, it’s not merely a “foreign” phenomenon. The attack also reminds us in a very discomforting way of the violence against women that persists in this country (Canada), particularly for indigenous women. This is abuse that happens in “our own backyard” and even in our homes, much of it still unreported.
And last but certainly not least is Lee Skallerup Bessette who has a PhD in Comparative Literature. While counting her blessings on being one of the lucky women to live a privileged lifestyle in the West, Ms. Bessette opts out of outright condemnation of Third World misogyny and decides instead to make it her life’s mission to nitpick Western academia to death on any and every imagined slight to the female intelligentsia. In her article entitled I Can Only Speak for Myself, Ms. Bessette basically plays the cop-out card.
…we tend to hide behind the veil of privilege and class, behind the assumption that inequalities don’t, can’t exist in such enlightened spaces (Western universities). We are made to feel guilt or shame because, really, we should feel fortunate, if not grateful, that we do not face the kind of oppression that Manzur and her daughter have just been subjected to….Think global, act local. I will continue to work to expose the inequality here, with the aim of making everyone more sensitive to the equalities that exist everywhere.
Ah, the New Heroes of academia treading those humdrum and well-worn paths of progressivism. And all those Many Voices from the University of Venus that strangely seem to sound all alike. How aptly named—Venus, from the Latin venerari, to please. Our academic women of the West, offering their servile services to their Lefty male counterparts in higher education by dutifully dropping to their faux feminists knees to give the boys’ Third World comrades a free-pass blow job. Yes, the new and improved Sisterhood, the Prostitutes of Progressivism, plying their pseudo-intellectual trade of convoluted obfuscation and outrageous cowardice.
Did you notice the similar themes running through each wonder woman’s multicultural apologia? And the not-so-subtle tactic of bait-and-switch discourse to get their readers to focus on the sins of the West instead of the misogynistic atrocities embedded in Third World cultures? Better to zero in on Western injustices—it’s so politically, culturally, and physically safe and it will certainly help advance one’s career through the exulted halls of Big Ed. So in essence, our three New Age damsels at the University of Venus have thrown the battered body of Rumana Manzur under their happy hands-around-the-globe multicultural minibus.
The Bangladeshi police didn’t even arrest Manzur’s husband until there was an international outcry. Manzur comes from a privileged class so her plight caught the media’s attention. The husband is claiming Manzur committed adultery and therefore he was justified in venting his anger. In Bangladesh, where domestic violence is winked at and enforcement of domestic violence laws is almost non-existent, the husband will probably get off scot-free.
And here in the West, our phony intelligentsia continue to nudge-nudge-wink-wink their way through yet another multicultural bullcrap day. But anyone who has really looked at the disfigured face of Rumana Manzur, knows in their heart of hearts that hers is the true countenance of the multicultural madness that has fried the soft-boiled brains of too many bookish broads.