of American Womanhood: Bikini vs. Burka
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
September 18, 2002
(Note: The Burka is not an Islamic Mandate and is an
extreme interpretation, The Hijab which is a head scarf for modern Muslims is
an optional requirement...some may wear more. For more info go to
On my wall, I have a picture of
a Muslim woman in a Burka. Beside it is a picture of an American beauty
contestant, wearing nothing but a bikini.
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One woman is totally hidden from the public; the other is totally exposed. These
two extremes say a great deal about the clash of so-called "civilizations."
The role of woman is at the heart of any culture. Apart from stealing Arab oil,
the impending war in the Middle East is about stripping Arabs of their religion
and culture, exchanging the Burka for a bikini.
I am not an expert on the condition of Muslim women and I love feminine beauty
too much to advocate the Burka here. But I am defending some of the values that
the Burka represents for me.
For me, the Burka represents a woman's consecration to her husband and family.
Only they see her.
It affirms the privacy, exclusivity and importance of the domestic sphere.
The Muslim woman's focus is her home, the "nest" where her children are born and
reared. She is the "home" maker, the taproot that sustains the spiritual life of
the family, nurturing and training her children, providing refuge and support to
In contrast, the bikinied American beauty queen struts practically naked in
front of millions on TV. A feminist, she belongs to herself. In practice,
paradoxically, she is public property. She belongs to no one and everyone. She
shops her body to the highest bidder. She is auctioning herself all of the time.
In America, the cultural measure of a woman's value is her sex appeal. (As this
asset depreciates quickly, she is neurotically obsessed with appearance and
plagued by weight problems.)
As an adolescent, her role model is Britney Spears, a singer whose act
approximates a strip tease. From Britney, she learns that she will be loved only
if she gives sex. Thus, she learns to "hook up" rather than to demand patient
courtship and true love. As a result, dozens of males know her before her
husband does. She loses her innocence, which is a part of her charm. She becomes
hardened and calculating. Unable to love, she is unfit to receive her husband's
The feminine personality is founded on the emotional relationship between mother
and baby. It is based on nurturing and self-sacrifice. Masculine nature is
founded on the relationship between hunter and prey. It is based on aggression
Feminism teaches woman that feminine nature has resulted in "oppression" and
that she should convert to male behavior instead. The result: a confused and
aggressive woman with a large chip on her shoulder, unfit to become a wife or
This, of course, is the goal of the social engineers at the NWO: undermine
sexual identity and destroy the family, create social and personal dysfunction,
and reduce population. In the "brave new world," women are not supposed to be
"nest" makers, or progenitors of the race. They are meant to be neutered
autonomous creatures that indulge in sex for physical pleasure, not for love or
At his press conference on Sunday, Donald Rumsfeld said that Iranian women and
youth were restive under the rule of the Mullahs. He implied that the US would
soon liberate them. To Britney Spears? To low-rise "see-my-thong" pants? To the
mutual masturbation that passes for sexuality in America?
Parenthood is the pinnacle of human development. It is the stage when we finally
graduate from self-indulgence and become God's surrogates: creating and
nurturing new life. The New World Order does not want us to reach this level of
maturity. Pornography is the substitute for marriage. We are to remain stunted:
single, sex-starved and self-obsessed.
We are not meant to have a permanent "private" life. We are to remain lonely and
isolated, dependent on consumer products for our identity, in a state of
This is especially destructive for woman. Her sexual attraction is a function of
her fertility. As fertility declines, so does her sex appeal. If a woman devotes
her prime years to becoming "independent," she is not likely to find a permanent
Her long-term personal fulfillment and happiness lies in making marriage and
family her first priority.
Feminism is another cruel New World Order hoax that has debauched American women
and despoiled Western civilization. It has ruined millions of lives and
represents a lethal threat to Islam.
I am not advocating the Burka but rather some of the values that it represents,
specifically a woman's consecration to her future husband and family, and the
modesty and dignity this entails.
The Burka and the bikini represent two extremes. The answer lies somewhere in
Henry Makow, is the inventor of the board game Scruples, and the author of A
Long Way to go for a Date. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the
University of Toronto. His articles on feminism and the New World Order are
He welcomes your feedback and ideas at
From Mary Sparrowdancer
While this man makes some good and decent points, it is my
opinion that his description of what constitutes the sum total of the female
human being in his eyes is draconian at best, and quite possibly insulting to
any woman who has an IQ over 160. Or over 140. Or over 120, - or let's just say
any woman who is consciously aware of herself as an intelligent individual in
addition to being a nurturing, birth-giving human being.
From Mike Harris
While Dr. Makow makes some valid observations concerning
some of the flawed perspectives directed towards and about women in Western
Society, he fails miserably to produce any true insight.
The comparison of a "Miss America" Contestant with the
"average" Burka-covered Muslim female is ludicrous--were women expected to be
parading on our city streets or going to the market dressed in Bikinis it might
be an apt comparison, but such is not the case. Further, the inadequacies of
Britney Spears as a Teenage Role Model have been pointed out many times by
others--including Spears herself recently.
Dr. Makow seems to use the term "independent" in connection
with women as some sort of slang insult, and he completely ignores that the
so-called revered status of Muslim womanhood amounts to them being treated as
In America, women are treated as a Commodity due to their
beauty (as are Men) -- IF they wish to be and IF they allow it. But bottom-line,
they have The Freedom to either self-promote or reject the status of Commodity.
In the Muslim rigid framework of existence, women are
Property, and are subject to cruelty far greater than any so-called Western
"The Burka and the bikini represent two extremes. The
answer lies somewhere in the middle. "
That is the only unassailable statement Dr. Makow
makes---all else is simply proof that a PhD doesn't necessarily guarantee a
perceptive viewpoint, merely that the author's Opinion shall be printed
--- Mike Harris (no PhD...But no Personal Agenda,