The Perfect Islamic Porn Stash

The perfect Islamic state was Osama Bin Laden’s stated goal. The Taliban’s too.

In the name of Islam, women under the Taliban (who still control large parts of Afghanistan) are forced to cover themselves, head to toe, mesh hiding their eyes. Women may be punished even for laughing or walking too loudly and drawing attention to themselves. In the home, windows may be painted over to protect men from unwittingly catching sight of an unveiled woman.

All this to keep men pure.

And now we learn that Osama Bin Laden had a porn stash.

In like hypocrisy, a U.N. report says the Taliban has forced women into prostitution.

So is the concern really that women will trample all over men’s purity? Or do Bin Laden and the Taliban just want to control women? And feel empowered, themselves?

The so-called Islamic state the Taliban fashioned when fully in power didn’t seem to have much to do with Islam. The Quran gives women the right to work. Not the Taliban. The Quran gives women the right to consent to marriage. And yet young girls were (and still are) married off before they had even begun to menstruate.

Meanwhile, the Taliban forbade all sorts of things without any scriptural backing: educating girls, television, radio, movies, or even the keeping of birds, whose chirping is unduly musical.

Most people don’t know that the only thing the Quran tells women to cover are their bosoms. Something Bin Laden went out of his way to see uncovered. Perfect Islamic Bin Laden? I think not.

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Posted on May 18, 2011, in feminism, gender, pornography, sexism, women and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Wow, where was I when this piece of “news” broke? Once again I must point out that in Islamic society, just as our own society, women are objectified. True in Islamic culture women are objectified in unfamiliar fashion (as compared to the Western society) but none the less they are viewed as objects. When what a woman has access to, such as mass media, is strictly controlled of even forbidden, their view of their own situation is skewed. I previously read that the Quran does not state that women must be covered from head to toe and was astonished. I believe that people underestimate the power of peer pressure. There are women in Islamic countries that do not cover themselves completely, but these women are often harassed and ridiculed.

  2. Tonya (Facundo) Kamaloni

    I’m not surprised at all about the stash of porn found in Bin Laden’s possessions. I find that many of the extreme offshoots of religions always find some part of sacred writings to cling to and by their actions ignore the rest of the teachings. They indoctrinate their followers to this one “truth” and use that to control and have power over their followers. If we look closer to home, this happened with David Koresh and more recently, the Mormon fundamentalists who were charged with marrying underage girls. In most of these examples, and certainly in the Taliban, women seem like active and willing participants. This surprises me. But then I wonder, if I was born into that life, would I recognize that my life was stripped of basic human rights?

  3. With all the restrictions the men have over the women I find very ridiculous and they do not follow the Quran at all. Men having all this power of the women and trying to have the Quran back up the theory makes it even harder for the women not to listen. Finding out the Osama Bin Laden had a stash of porn is not surprising to me because they as men just want to manipulate women and control them, that includes using them for sexual pleasures. Women are treated very indifferent and unfair and they should be given more choices and rights because they are human too.

  4. Being as I am from the middle east myself I can honestly say that what the Taliban were and are doing is hypocrisy. Much the same kind of hypocrisy as when they kill innocent people even though the message of Islam is peace. The taliban are not the ideal muslims or human beings at all, they are hypocratic with almost everything they do. I agree alot with Deetya he hit it right on the head, they are just being hypocritical once again. The taliban use brute force and violence to send their messages where as the Quran and Islam preach peace. The taliban are merely creating an illusion for themselves trying to justify their own heinous actions by calling it “Jihad” or “Islamic” when what they do is neither. The hypocrisy when it comes to sexuality just adds to the list.

  5. It’s all a hypocrisy. I hate hate hate when religion is mis interpreted and used as a shield to enable a man’s law. i can’t say much to porn but the laws of taliban is a paradox. if it were up to me everyone should go with what culture teaches us, but it is up to us to uphold that certain culture. When we do stray away from whatever culture we have, there shouldn’t be a punishment for it. Quran teaches peaces and gentleness, the laws of taliban is forceful and dictating.

  6. I totally agree with your view that Osama Bin Laden is faking the standpoint of being pure and creating a perfect country. As some of the fictions and history I know, some ambitious people creates some kind of false religion in order to control people. Bin Laden created one for his own to make people believe he is the savior of their culture. Perfect? No one is perfect, hence, no country is perfect. However, what may ones do is to do the best they could to maintain this “perfect “. Osama, who claimed about the countries perfectness and men’s pureness, watches porn! What does this tell us? It is said that there are secret coding embedded in the porn, but why porn? Can’t it be any other kind of media? Or maybe they just thought of this as a way to transfer secret messages while sharing porn among each others?

  7. I most certainly agree with you there; the Taliban rulings are of an inhumane nature and equally are nothing to do with Islamic but a ruling of corrupt men who are trying to exercise their authority over anything possible to make them feel better about themselves.

    • It’s awfully annoying how controlling they are of women (who can’t leave the house of feel the sun and wind on their faces) yet give themselves free reign, in hypocrisy.

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