Is Sexism Worse For Muslim Women Than Western Women? A Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley Debate

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Mohadesa Najumi

I was watching a video the other day and it inspired me to write this post. The 9 minute clip shows television show host Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley debating the topic of Muslim men and their treatment of women. The discussion then morphed into a “who’s sexism is the worse?” kind of debate, Muslim women being on one side and western women on the other.

Although Maher’s Islamophobia is apparent to any observant listener, his erroneous conception of the women in the Muslim world seems to be a common trend in liberal circles. Orientalist approaches to Muslim women have been most obvious from sexual liberation movement Femen. But what singles Maher out to me? His ability to create levels of sexism.

Bill Maher begins:

MAHER: I think it’s fair to say Muslim men have a bad attitude about women in general, and I would just like to say…

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