Mannequins in Tehran Have No Breasts—What Next?
2010 June 23
by Phyllis Chesler
Dangerous serial killers and sex criminals roam the Western world. In the not-too-distant past, such remorseless killers, such as Jack The Ripper, Ted Bundy, and the Green River Killer, targeted mainly vulnerable women, including prostituted women, whom they kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered. Often, breasts and genitalia were savagely mutilated.
Today, these horrific, individual acts pale in comparison to the barbarism of the Islamist world where similar, but legally approved and publicly shared acts of woman-hatred are carried out by national presidents, religious leaders, Vice and Virtue police—and by mobs inflamed by Friday sermons. In 2001, egged on by their imam, hundreds of men in Hassi Messaoud, Algeria physically and sexually attacked any woman they could find, murdering some, sexually mutilating others. Also in Algeria, religious paramilitary troops kidnapped young girls off the streets, forced them into domestic and sexual slavery, then murdered and beheaded them when they became pregnant. In 2006, one thousand men in Cairo, Egypt, went on a post-mosque “wilding” in which they attacked every unveiled, then every veiled, woman in sight.
True, civil and ethnic wars, largely in Africa (Rwanda, Sudan, Congo), are also characterized by savage anti-woman practices such as the repeated, public gang-rapes of young girls and women. Indeed, rape has increasingly been used as a strategic weapon of war, not merely as a spoil of war—and this once happened in European Bosnia and Herzegovina as well. But by and large, the normalized brutalization of women characterizes Arab and Muslim behavior especially in an Islamist, jihadic era.
The Khomeini- Algerian- and Taliban-era’s hot hatred of women, including Muslim women, and of disobedient Muslim girls and women, got heartbreakingly hotter.
Khomeini began by re-veiling the formerly modern and educated women of Tehran. The 1980s Iranian mullahcracy escalated matters; they stoned women to death—but raped them first so that the rape victim would not be able to enter Paradise. The mullahs also forced women into prostitution, then penalized them (not the Johns or the pimps) for it, all the while restricting womens’ rights at home, on the streets, and on the job.
Afghanistan (which didn’t need much in the way of encouragement) went “native” and adopted some of the worst Arab customs. They also went “Persian,” and came into their medieval own. Thus, the Afghan Taliban also stoned women to death but they did so publicly, in large stadiums, with large, blood-thirsty, cheering male crowds. The Afghan Taliban, and after them, the warlords, refused to allow women to work, even when they were war widows and the mothers of dependent children. This forced women into prostitution for which they were jailed. Girls were prevented from going to school, women could not even run beauty parlors or wear makeup, polygamy flourished as did the sale and forced marriage of female children.
Then, the Pakistani Taliban jumped on this bandwagon of misogyny. Roving vigilante squads started spraying acid onto little girls’ faces for the crimes of going to school or simply for allowing their headscarves to slip. They went beyond mutilating the breasts and genitalia of murder victims to scarring the faces of young girls forever.
The control of women and the woman-hating frenzy went viral, crossed borders, and is now quite simply out of control.
For example, in 2009, a militia in a “Muslim region” of the Philippines massacred more than fifty people and sexually mutilated 22 of the murdered women. This is a militia acting in the name of Islam; it is not just one lone savage and psychopathic individual.
In 2010, in Afghanistan, nineteen-year-old Bibi Aisha had her nose and ears cut off by her husband because she had run away from him and his family. A Taliban Court handed down this sentence. Vigilante-style misogynist justice is the customary law of the land.
Recently, a woman’s clothing store in Tehran featured female mannequins with their breasts clearly removed, hacked off or filed down, on “orders from the Vice police” as part of the current crackdown on “un-Islamic” or bad hijab practices. This makes perfect, if jarring, sense.
A woman’s physical existence is, by definition, sexual and is therefore considered shameful. Living women must literally be covered up, “disappeared,” rendered invisible, lest their living, breathing, bodies lead men into temptation. Alternatively, where possible, one might want to “practice” eviscerating, mutilating, removing the characteristics that render the female form offensive—perhaps on a dummy, a mannequin, and in a store window.
What comes next? And don’t tell me that destroying the breasts of female mannequins in Tehran is the same as Western women surgically reducing their breasts for cosmetic reasons. The latter is an individual choice, possibly misguided, possibly inspired, and is about making oneself more, not less, sexually attractive. The case of the Tehran mannequin without breasts is an example of a legally mandated non-choice in the service of publicly abolishing one of the biological characteristics of being born female.
It is a public warning.
Such woman-phobia, such woman-hatred, always signifies fear and contempt for the life force itself. Thus, the worship of death, the hatred of life, is at the heart of the existential struggle between Islamist terrorists and Israel and between Islamist terrorists and the West. We can measure the terrorist’s capacity and willingness to mass murder infidels in a Holy war by their capacity and willingness to murder their own women as well as other Muslims.
Do not expect World War Three to be a short war.