‘Big Bang Theory’ actress Mayim Bialik has come out swinging at feminists who ignore the suffering endured by women in Muslim-majority countries.
Bialik makes her criticisms via a blog post on her website GrokNation.
She begins by responding to well-known Palestinian feminist Linda Sarsour’s recent declaration that feminism and Zionism cannot possibly intersect.
Bialik – an Orthodox Jew – writes:
Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to have an autonomous state in Israel. I am a Zionist. Feminism is the belief that a woman-driven movement can bring about race, class and gender equality and that women deserve all of the rights and privileges afforded to men. I am a feminist.
The definitions of Zionism and feminism are not in conflict with each other. At all.
She goes on to admit that yes, there are things that happen in Israel and Palestine that “cause pain and suffering to women.”
Then, Bialik sets her sights on individuals who choose to focus on that suffering while ignoring similar values in other countries.
The question is this: Many countries – many Muslim countries, in fact – perpetuate atrocities against women which include: female genital mutilation, forced marrigaes, child briges, systematic abuse of women by the justice system, revenge rape and honor killing.
Why is Israel held to a standard none of these other countries – whose offenses are, arguably more extreme – are held to?
Bialik goes on to accuse those who use atrocities against women in Israel as proof of Zionism and feminism’s incompatibility of painting “with such a broad brush.”
That, she argues, is bigotry.
Word of Bialik’s article spread quickly online, prompting praise from numerous social media users.
Breitbart’s article on the topic amassed hundreds of comments within minutes of being posted.