If I were to tell you that one of Western Civilization’s most intelligent and outspoken advocates was a migrant from Africa, and a feminist, you probably would not believe me. Despite all the ridiculousness and cultish mentality of third-wave feminism and Islam, there are some birds of that feather whose feathers are too bright for them to be caged.
I give you: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an immigrant from Africa who now lives in the US.
Just like many other revered feminists; Hirsi Ali broke many rules and defied the accepted norms of her culture. She left her religion and embraced western culture with an open heart and open mind, and became a tremendous success as a writer and an outspoken politician and activist. She is the kind of immigrant that makes Western Civilization so great. Her story is one of unfathomable strife and is a testament to just how far staunch determination and ferocious iron will can take you in life. I don’t care how tough or how big you think you are—in comparison with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, you are a pussy.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia in 1967. Her father was an important political figure in Somalia who participated in the Somali revolution. During her earliest years her father was in prison and when she was five years old her genitalia was mutilated in the name of Muslim tradition. In 1977 her father escaped from prison and their family fled the country. They traveled around from Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia before finally settling in Kenya. During her time in Kenya she attended an English language school for Muslim girls. She often read and studied English literature growing up but was still highly invested in her religion.
In 1992 Hirsi Ali fled to the Netherlands while visiting family in Germany in order to escape an arranged marriage. She was granted asylum and worked a number of short-term low wage jobs such as house cleaning and filing posts. Her thorough linguistic knowledge of six languages (English, Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Amharic and Dutch) soon landed her a job at a refugee center where she worked as a translator. She had always been an avid reader and she soon discovered Sigmund Freud who introduced her to the concept of morality without religion. Noticing the stark contrast between her native culture and that of the Netherlands, she set out to educate herself as to what made Dutch society so efficient and so great. She later graduated with a degree in political science from Lieder University.
In 2002, just after September 11th attacks, Hirsi Ali renounced her faith in Islam. Soon she became an outspoken critic of Islam and made several appearances on radio and TV shows. Despite receiving countless death threats she refused to back down. She joined the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy; the Dutch Center-Right party. During her political campaign she spoke out against the Dutch welfare state’s complicity in turning a blind eye toward the abuse of Muslim women and girls in their society and in 2003 she won her seat in parliament. She later testified against her parents for genital mutilation despite knowing full well that they would be obligated to honor kill her afterwards. In 2007 she moved to the US and became a citizen where she could bestow the blessings of her knowledge upon us.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity in order to be who she is today. For this reason she is a staunch adversary of the “victim culture” in the west. She asserts that people that struggle against adversity in their lives come out as a strong survivors, not victims. She stated in an interview with David Rubin: “I happen to be black. I happen to be woman. I happen to be a minority in the United States and I happen to be an apostate… But none of that defines who I am. I am more than all of that and I most certainly don’t see myself as a victim.” On many occasions, before fleeing to the Netherlands, she was told that she would not be able to survive outside of her family and that she would become a whore on the streets. However; she flourished in society and became a respected author and public representative.
Even though she is an apostate, a crime punishable by death in many Islamist nations, she is not anti-Muslim by any means. In a video by Prager University she claimed that she believed reform for her former religion is needed and possible with the right leadership. Unlike many third-wave feminists who turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed against women in Islamist nations, Hirsi Ali has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of these women that truly do face horrendous systematic oppression in their culture. She speaks out against the Universities that perpetuate the myths that western culture is dangerous, oppressive, and evil. She believes in the defunding of programs that teach these ideas.
Having come from one of the least stable African nations in the world, she speaks out against the idea that universities teaching plays by Shakespeare, and books by authors like Mark Twain, is in some way dangerous. It’s not dangerous, and to think so is absolutely absurd. In her opinion academic institutions should have more classes that teach about Western Civilization and how it compares to other cultures in the world, as well as classes that teach individualism and the Constitution.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali came from a land rife with poverty and oppression but through her astounding intellect she learned how to speak six languages and saw past the lies of her family, friends and religion. She took it upon herself to learn about western philosophy, politics and culture and embraced them with an open heart and mind. She took full advantage of her right to freedom of expression granted to her and spoke out against the atrocities committed in the name of Islam. Her words have been labeled as hate speech by many so-called progressives and they certainly merit her a death sentence in the Muslim world. Despite all of this she still has the guts to stand up for what she believes and is a phenomenal role model to both women and men all over the world.
I think we can all agree in saying: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we are Proud of Your Girl!
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