Richard Dawkins mansplains feminism to Muslim women, Bhutto hits back

Published July 24, 2015
Isn't all that mansplaining awfully anti-feminist of Dawkins?
Isn't all that mansplaining awfully anti-feminist of Dawkins?

Prominent thinker 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.

Fatima Bhutto, however, pointed out what really irked us 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.

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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