Women in Contemporary Times
Maryam Jameelah reported that the first champions of the movement for women's 'emancipation' were no other than the very well known western thinkers, Marx and Engel.
Maryam Jameelah reported that the first champions of the movement for women's 'emancipation' were no other than the very well known western thinkers, Marx and Engel. They were undoubtedly the founders of Communism that proved to be a disastrous system of life. Their communist Manifesto (1948) preached that marriage, home and family were nothing more than a curse which has kept women in perpetual slavery. Thus, they insisted that the women must be liberated from domestic servitude and achieve full eco- nomic independence through whole-time employment in in- dustry. The main aim of those women liberation champions and other adamant supporters of feminism was to grant women as much freedom to indulge in illicit sex as the men through mixed education, employment outside the home side by side with men, social functions and courtship before marriage in semi-nude fashion, mixed social functions which include drinking, drug-taking and dancing. This included the widespread use of contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion to prevent unwanted pregnancies, at the expense of the women who carry the burden of emancipation. Fami- lies are broken. Children are neglected and abused. Morality has become an old un- wanted commodity.
Many concerned intellectuals have openly uttered their concern regarding the unlimited personal freedom that has resulted in great damage to the society as a whole, and prob- ably to humanity at large. Among those in- tellectuals is Max Lerner, an acknowl- edged American histo- rian and columnist. In an article in the Read- ers' Digest as early as April 1968, he uttered his deep con- cern regarding the dramatic negative changes that took place under the guise of personal freedom by writing:
The Communist Mani- festo preached that mar- riage, home and family were nothing more than a curse which has kept women in perpetual sla- very.
We are living in a Babylonian soci- ety, ... the emphasis is on the senses and the release of sexuality. All the old codes have been broken down. Until recently, the church, the government, the family and the community have dictated what can and cannot be expressed in public. How- ever, now these institutions have been overrun by the demands of a mass society that demands to see and hear everything. Across the United States of America, audiences pack art houses and neighborhood theaters to watch the multiple or- gasms of a seldom-clothed young Swedish actress in I, a Woman. Ital- ian director, Michelangelo Antonioni breaks the taboo against head-on, total nudity in Blow-up. In Barbarella, a film built around the endless se- ductions of a French comic-strip heroine, Jane Fonda hops from one nude scene to the next in celebra- tion of the erotic life. Portrait of Ja- son, a remarkable voyage into the twisted soul of a black, male prosti- tute, compresses in less than two hours all the raw language and can- did corners of life that today find free expression in almost every indepen- dent American film. The Jesuit theo- logian, Father Walter J. Ong, says: 'We are going to have to live with a degree of freedom much greater than anything we've known in the past...
Infidelity and extramarital sex are becoming part of in- dividual personal freedoms in most western and western- ized societies. Fidelity in today's marriages has become ide- alistic. Such extramarital sex practices have caused many problems in the society at large. Abortion rates are escalat- ing; more children are born out of wedlock. Social and psy- chological traumas have severely affected the family as a heaven for its members. One factor behind such extramari- tal practices is related to the imbalance in the number of men and women in most western communities.
According to The National Opinion Research Cen- ter (1995), 25% ofAmerican married men had sex partner(s), (from one to six), beside their wives during the past twelve months. During the same period, about 15% of American married women had other sex partners beside their hus- bands (from one to six). During their lifetime, American men usually have an average of six sex partners.
The National Center for Health Statistics con- ducted interviews with 60,201 women in re- sponse to National Sur- vey of Family Growth between January and October 1995. Only 10.5% of women inter- viewed did not have partners beside their husbands. The remain- ing 89.5% of women re- ported having extra- marital relations. Abstract of the United States 1998
The Clinton-Lewinsky drama may take place with or- dinary people but is not expected of the commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth.
It involved very outra- geous sexual acts and discussed in the most disgusting way that parents had to keep their children away from watching their TV sets or listening to the horrible details of such im- moral relations.
Why is this taking place in a society that is in great need of family ethics and morality and where fatal diseases like AIDS are serious threats?
The answer is very simple. These immoral practices are expected to happen in any society that has lost its divinely re- vealed values and mor- als, which control the fragile relationship be- tween women and men.
Infidelity and other un- chaste practices are ex- pected to become the norm in societies that perceive morality, virgin- ity and chastity as radical, backward and abnormal. The National Center for Health Statistics conducted interviews with 60,201 women in response to National Survey of Fam- ily Growth between January and October 1995. Only 10.5% of women interviewed did not have partners beside their husbands. The remaining 89.5% of women reported having extramarital relations.
2. TEENAGE BIRTHS
As long as programs like "Dr. Ruth Live" are unleashed to teach open sex on the air and other similar programs, only horrible statistics like the following are expected. In 1990 alone about, 67% of teenage births were to unmarried moth- ers; this is excluding abortions. What is more disastrous is that in the majority of teenager births, the mothers are left alone to carry the financial and emotional responsibilities of raising the newly born babies. The males just abandon them both, and probably look for other easy preys. Macmillan Vi- sual Almanac (1995) reported that 70% of American boys had had sexual intercourse before the age of 18, while 56% of the girls had lost their virginity by that age.
Men and women mix and mingle freely with one an- other with no reasonable restrictions in such a society where these kinds of relations between men and women are preva- lent. Men and women could lock themselves alone in houses, offices or any other private locations; just as President Clinton did with Monica in the Oval office with the excuse that they were involved in serious work for the good of the nation. Western and western-like societies, have for long time, had blindly demolished moral principles to accommo- date false values and principles deceived by the mirage of modernization and liberalism which pushed men and women into dark tunnels of adultery and hypocrisy.