Discrimination Against Islamic Women Essay

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What is sexism? Does sexism even exist? These questions are commonly asked by students and adults alike since this particular topic has seemingly eluded the awareness of most. Sexism is frequently the discrimination of women and/or favoritism of men. It is astonishingly prevalent and incredibly real in society. For instance, sexism in Arabic, Islamic countries, such as Afghanistan, is rampant and, unfortunately, not under control. Extremists believe sexism is merely a figment of the accuser’s imagination and the extremist’s view their treatment of woman as a necessity and something that must be adhered to. (Khaled Hosseini, 2007) Therefore, transmitting this obliviousness to the now ignorant citizens of the world. Regardless of this …show more content…
Mariam’s extremist husband, Rasheed, claims he has “customs that must be abided.” (Hosseini 70) However, by customs he actually means Mariam must wear a burqa, an Islamic dress which shows absolutely no skin and eyes, when in public. The poem “The Threshold of Silence” makes a similar point when it states, “We are covered from head to toe in suffocating garbs/ And we are invisible to the world.” (Neesha Stanza 7) The suffocating garbs alludes to the burqa women in Afghanistan are required to wear and because this attire allows a spectator to solely see cloth, not a person, Afghani women feel “invisible to the world” (Neesha Stanza 7) and are forced to seclusion. Further proof of sexism in Afghanistan is the fact that “women have no rights; girls are not allowed to have an education, [and] women cannot even work.” (Neesha Stanza 4 and 5)
Domestic violence is also a sheer sign of discrimination against women. Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns incessantly physically abuses his two wives, Mariam and Laila, for outlandish reasons such as not cooking rice thoroughly which resulted in forcing Mariam to chew pebbles, cracking her molars. (Hosseini 104) Rasheed also locked Laila and their infant daughter for four days without water and food, nearly killing the two of them, while Mariam was locked in a tool shed after being brutally beaten by his fists and belt. In “The Threshold of Silence,” domestic violence…