British Muslim women show David Cameron how submissive they really are

Published: January 26, 2016
British PM had last week said ‘learning English’ will help tackle the ‘traditional submissiveness of Muslim women'. PHOTO: TWITTER/@SukainaHirji

British PM had last week said ‘learning English’ will help tackle the ‘traditional submissiveness of Muslim women'. PHOTO: TWITTER/@SukainaHirji

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been hit with a Twitter storm after he recently suggested that ‘learning English’ will help tackle the ‘traditional submissiveness of Muslim women’.

“If you are not able to speak English, not able to integrate, you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is and therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message,” he had said.

Hundreds of women across the United Kingdom along with the author of celebrated novel ‘Love in a Headscarf’, Shelina Janmohamed, were offended by his  portrayal of Muslim women and came up with the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive to counter his comments.

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His remarks drew responses from women of all ages, from young students to mothers and grandmothers. They posted pictures of themselves and their achievements to politely put the British prime minister straight.

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Cameron’s comments also drew criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, which campaigns for better community relations, accused Cameron of “disgraceful stereotyping.”

“David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough,” he added.

British home affairs spokesperson Andy Burnham of Labour party, accused Cameron of a “clumsy and simplistic approach” which was “unfairly stigmatising a whole community.”

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Striver
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:41PM

    Media builds up a stereotype;
    Stereotype makes its home in the subconscious;
    we are all affected by it
    no matter how intelligent we think we may be. Recommend

  • GKA
    Jan 26, 2016 - 8:09PM

    Western values are of gender equality. The above article clearly shows the divergence and why westerners question whether muslims have adopted thier valuesRecommend

  • DNiwasi
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:59PM

    This girl may be the few exceptions but we know a lot of docile Muslim women who accept their inferior status.Recommend

  • Hilake Leke aa
    Jan 26, 2016 - 10:25PM

    Why aren’t these women dressed up like westerners it’s clear that they are submissive to the male folk.Recommend

  • Salim
    Jan 27, 2016 - 5:00AM

    @Hilake Leke aa:
    That’s dumb. Submission is not related to attire.Recommend

  • R
    Jan 27, 2016 - 6:04AM

    @Hilake Leke aa: Why aren’t you half as intelligent as these women ? Shows your narrow mentality and low IQ ! Recommend

  • Tp
    Jan 27, 2016 - 6:07AM

    I don’t think anybody buys it. Lying is part of the community’s psyche.Recommend

  • GKA
    Jan 27, 2016 - 3:36PM

    There is an article in Tribune today about actress Priyanka Chopra where she says she does not need a man except for children. And then this article where muslims are submissive. Take these two articles to a western audience – whom do you think they would identify with ? That is why there is a reaction to muslims from the western communities – they are different. Recommend

  • Naeem
    Jan 28, 2016 - 6:52AM

    @Hilake Leke aa

    You seems like submissive to western like dresses, you need to free yourself from this submission.Recommend

  • SC
    Feb 20, 2016 - 3:50AM

    @Hilake Leke aa:
    did it occur to you that perhaps they chose it? just like they chose to achieve whatever that they boasted of? or was that too “forced” by their male folks? if latter be the case, every woman would love to have such oppressive males around who make them grow ;) Recommend

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