And None of These Men are Sane
Saudi Arabian Feminism
and its relevance to the the 21st century
A Clash of Metaphysics
The 21st century is not a clash of civilizations; it is a clash of metaphysics. One metaphysical perspective imagines the world on the analogy of a clock with a divine (male) clockmaker. As the clockmaker is to the clock, so men are to women. The other imagines the world on the analogy of the ground in which everyone -- men and women -- are circling the the Ka'aba. At the center is a sacred presence who invites everyone into the circle on equal terms. The first view is patriarchal. The second view is true to the heart of God, the merciful and compassionate. In order to move toward the more godly perspective, there must be a subtle revolt against the clockmakers. Men must sink into oblivion, just for a moment, so that the dance can begin.
The sinking is an act in which the men can participate. They can relinquish power with help from God; get over their sense that they are ordained by God to rule over women and control the public sphere; and surrender ever more deeply to the One in whose heart the universe unfolds, who is greater than anyone can imagine, not because so distant, but because closer than our jugular veins.
Jay McDaniel, 2/3/2017
Lyrics from the Video
“May all men sink into oblivion.”
“If only God would rid us of men.”
“May men go extinct, they cause us
to have mental illnesses.”
A controversial new song and video produced by Saudi Arabian artist-provocateur Majed al-Esa would be hysterically funny if it were only a joke.
Instead, the song called “Hwages,” with the chorus “If only God would rid us of men,” focuses on very real concerns by oppressed women in Saudi Arabia, who aren’t allowed to drive, swim in public, or complete any task without permission from a male guardian. It also contains a veiled warning to American women on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump.
The video, which has had more than 2.5 million views since it was released Dec. 23, starts benignly with women in full-face-covering niqab crawling into the backseat of a big car driven by a small boy. The women then appear out of the car, lifting their dark robes to expose brightly colored street clothes and sneakers as they skateboard, roller skate, play basketball, and drive bumper cars.
All the while, men, shot from below to make them seem even more overpowering and oppressive, wave their fingers and use hand motions meant to keep the women submissive.
Then, about 80 seconds into the video, a cardboard cutout of a sour-faced Trump rises ominously from behind a podium with the seal “House of Men” in front of dim signs barring out Hillary Clinton and against women in general.
-- BARBIE LATZA NADEAU, The Daily Beast
01.04.17 11:20 AM ET