Author Dawkins ‘Explains’ Feminism to Muslim Women; Fatima Bhutto Hits Back


Richard Dawkins (left) and Fatima Bhutto
Richard Dawkins (left) and Fatima Bhutto

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rominent Western atheist and author Richard Dawkins stepped into yet another messy debate online when he tweeted: “Islam needs a feminist revolution. It will be hard. What can we do to help?”

Dawkins has long been critical of all organized religions, though many have pointed out that he’s overly harsh in his criticism of Islam. The question he posed above drew a heated reaction on Twitter, with some saying that Islam is inherently feminist, and others simply angry that Dawkins was commenting on the religion once again.

Pakistani author and columnist and a niece of the late Benazir Bhutto, Fatima Bhutto, hit back pointing out what really was outrageous about Dawkins’ statement: the fact that he is yet another man trying to explain to women how best to live their lives. In other words, he’s mansplaining, and so already in the wrong — mansplaining is definitely not the feminist way, reported Dawn newspaper.

Bhutto makes it perfectly clear that Dawkins’ input isn’t really needed.And that Muslim women can decide for themselves what works for them and what doesn’t.

Not a bad shut down.

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