A writer questioned whether or not Dubai’s jailing of a woman who was raped, for having sex out of her marriage, is the same as ‘Western misogyny.’
The truth is outside of the question. We have to be careful about labels. Labeling the behaviors ‘misogyny’ is to imply that the similarities are more important than the differences. This is an important assumption inherent in the framing of the question.
Was Dubai’s verdict a manifestation of misogyny or misogynistic expression of something entirely different? Misogyny, like terrorism, is a symptom. It is a result; not a cause.
Something deeper must be explored to explain ourselves to ourselves. Only then will we find more peaceful tomorrows.