Women in the Back of the Bus

Ladies, the Progressive Element is not your friend. I would like to submit Exhibit A in my case of the Unfriendliness of the Progressives toward the fair sex.


The columnist Steyn reprints a picture of schoolchildren seated in three rows in a cafeteria, bowing with their heads toward Mecca. He explains the composition of the rows:

“… every Friday at the cafeteria of Valley Park Middle School in Toronto. That’s not a private academy, it’s a public school funded by taxpayers. And yet, oddly enough, what’s going on is a prayer service – oh, relax, it’s not Anglican or anything improper like that; it’s Muslim Friday prayers, and the Toronto District School Board says don’t worry, it’s just for convenience: They put the cafeteria at the local imams’ disposal because otherwise the kids would have to troop off to the local mosque and then they’d be late for Lesbian History class or whatever subject is scheduled for Friday afternoon.The picture is taken from the back of the cafeteria. In the distance are the boys. They’re male, so they get to sit up front at prayers. Behind them are the girls. They’re female, so they have to sit behind the boys because they’re second-class citizens – not in the whole of Canada, not formally, not yet, but in the cafeteria of a middle school run by the Toronto District School Board they most certainly are.

And the third row? The ones with their backs to us in the foreground of the picture? Well, let the Star’s caption writer explain:

At Valley Park Middle School, Muslim students participate in the Friday prayer service. Menstruating girls, at the very back, do not take part.

I have several times made the claim that the Liberals or Leftists or Statists or Progressives or Cloudcuckoolanders or the Uruk-Hai or whatever the inchoate smog of label-free postchristian postrational posthuman philosophical nonsense are calling themselves this generation have been longtime allies with feminists and feminism, but that, now that Islam is a more alluring partner in the Jihad against the Establishment or Capitalism or Imperialists or the Man or Big Business or Hate-Think or the Shire, or whatever it is the smog says it is against this generation, the Statist have thrown the Feminists under the bus wheels, as they say. Homosexuals are the next in line on the plank.

Perhaps you think I exaggerate.

Menstruating girls are unclean. They sit in the back. That is what your suffragette mothers fought for: diversity of culture, where a European culture that upholds the Rights of Man and the equality of all citizens is shoulder to shoulder (or, to be honest, boot to neck) with a culture that wraps women in face veils and makes them sit in the back of the mosque when they are ritually unclean.

I don’t think I see Rosa Parks anywhere in the back row.