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Mona Eltahawy
White women: footsoldiers of the patriarchy. Brian Kemp: 76% Ted Cruz: 59% Ron DeSantis: 51%
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
Stacey Abrams has not conceded in the race against Brian Kemp but consider this
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
In only one of those graphs, it’s a man vs a woman. In that race, it is a (white) man (Brian Kemp) competing versus a (Black) woman (Stacey Abrams). In that race, white women overwhelmingly chose the man over the woman candidate. (76%)
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
So all that stuff about Year of the Woman? It is NOT the year of the white woman, because white women in their majority continue to vote for white patriarchy.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
Retire: - white women who vote GOP “vote against their own interests.” Their interest is to ally with white supremacist patriarchy. It benefits them. -“the bless-your-heart strong white southern women” They think that allying with patriarchy will protect them. It won’t.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
“GOP women will mainly stand firm in their party affiliation.They are loyal to the party,even if political moderates & those who identify as progressive Left have concluded that GOP doesn’t respect women’s voices and bodies”
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
White Republican women: “Thus, it is within married women’s interests to support policies and politicians who protect their husbands and improve their status.”
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
“The notion of benevolent patriarchy allows conservative women to feel that if they submit to their husband’s wills, they can benefit through their husband’s protection and economic care.”
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
These Republican white women: - Who indoctrinated them? - Who taught them to submit to men? - Why are they so brainwashed? - Should I save them?
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
I know that Republican white women often lament the plight of “Muslim women” and buy into the“you’re lucky you’re a woman in America and not over there.” Those same white women don’t see their own indoctrination: God, guns, white men.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
Because they’re white, the indoctrination of those women is not seen as indoctrination. It’s considered “normal,” the default, “how things are.” While their equivalents in Muslim/other backgrounds are seen as “abnormal” “brainwashed” & pathologized.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
It’s always easier for - always white - women to wonder how to help women “over there” than to ask how to fight for women “over here.”The fight is over here, always: more white women than white men voted for Kemp in the race against Abrams in Georgia.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
White patriarchs love to play “You should be grateful you live in America. It’s shit over there for women” & love to point to (usually) Muslim countries. e.g. Saudi Arabia which I regularly skewer for misogyny. BUT: it’s shit “over here” too, Mr. Man.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
I’ve written lots about patriarchy & misogyny in my cultural & faith background & I’ve never asked anyone to “save us.” No one saves you. You save yourself.When - always a white - woman at my events asks me “what can I do to help women in the Middle East”I say”Nothing.Fight here”
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
It was esp rich when a white woman in asked me “How can I help women in Egypt?” Ha!Texas where white women voted against Wendy Davis,where last night a majority of white women voters chose a racist misogynist.I told her to help women in Texas.
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
I’ve been asked countless times by mostly white people “Why do Muslim women submit to so much misogyny?” I’m now asking why do Republican white women submit to so much misogyny?
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
And TwitterLand, lookout for my book explaining white women to themselves, called : Footsoldiers of the Patriarchy. Instant experts on Islam & Mideast, after a week in the region, write books explaining us to ourselves. I’ve more than earned it. Coming soon!
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ConcernedCelia Nov 7
Replying to @monaeltahawy
Mona, have you read "to hell with good intentions" by Ivan Illich?
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Mona Eltahawy Nov 7
Replying to @2beornotbeing
That’s perfect.
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