Tuesday, 10 June 2008

France: Sewing Up the Open Society- One Maidenhead at a Time

"In my culture, not to be a virgin is to be dirt," said the student, perched on a hospital bed as she awaited surgery Thursday. "Right now, virginity is more important to me than life."  tbc.
The words can't help recalling those of another young woman in distress,"I would rather lose my life than my honesty." These from Ann Boleyn pleading against the advances of the King. Those quoted above from a young Parisian Muslim on route to getting her hymen stitched in order to placate Islamic prejudice against unvirginal brides. One can't help noting the disparity in mores at work here. Islam appears to be about five centuries out of sync with the West on this as with most issues. Also worth noting is the shift in english itself, from the once synonymous words of honesty with chastity to the present state of things where almost any woman over seventeen who claims to be a virgin is probably being very dishonest indeed.
We may surmise that the honesty-virginity connotation never existed in arabic, since the entire undertaking of reflowering young westernized Muslims smacks of the grossest deceit toward their prospective husbands and families. It's not the operation's dishonesty that has liberal France in a tizzy, however, but the affront it implies to the liberal society itself. Once again we see Europe colliding into the inevitable contradictions of multiculturalism. But the open society is by definition an exposed society, and one in which no amount of legalistic suturing can mend into the seamless fraternite of revolutionary lore. France has played the whore with its own traditions and now she'll have to play nurse to the bastard culture which she officially condemns.

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