"'I definitely don't think that the Miss Universe title is any kind of stereotype or sexual stereotype' [said] Natalie Glebova, the 23-year-old Canadian woman who captured the Miss Universe title in Bangkok in May," but Toronto city officials, afraid of incurring the wrath of politically correct, beauty-challenged feminists, weren't so sure.
You've heard of dhimmitude -- the denial of equal rights and dignity to infidels under Sharia law. Now there's dummitude, the denial of human nature under Canadian law. First a little background, from David Horowitz's essay "How the Left Undermined America's Security Before 9/11":
Totalitarians and fundamentalists share a conviction that is religious and political at the same time. Their mission is social redemption through the power of the state. Using political and military power they intend to create a "new world" in their own image. This revolutionary transformation encompasses all individuals and requires the control of all aspects of human life.
We blogged about one of our favorite instances of the phenomenon from the Land of Sharia here last year:
The head-covering Islamist hijab -- far from being an honored tradition dating back to the Koran -- was actually a modern invention "inspired by the headgear of Lebanese Catholic nuns, itself inspired by that of Christian women in classical Western paintings," according to Amir Tahiri [via Sarah at Trying to Grok via Right Wing News]. (Michelangelo's Mother of Christ from "Pieta" [left] and "Slinky Knits" two-piece hijab, republished from our post "Life imitates art")
"In 1981, Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic, announced that 'scientific research had shown that women's hair emitted rays that drove men insane,'" and the following year he put his fiat where his mouth was:
To protect the public, the new Islamist regime passed a law in 1982 making the hijab mandatory for females aged above six, regardless of religious faith. Violating the hijab code was made punishable by 100 lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment.
By the mid-1980s a form of hijab never seen in Islam before the 1970s had become standard gear for millions of women all over the world, including Europe and America.
Enter the powers that be in Toronto, nicely illustrating Horowitz's notion that totalitarians -- in this case politically correct Marxist feminists who intimidate milquetoast legislators into enacting laws that try to regulate human nature out of existence -- and Islamicist fundamentalists are sisters under the skin:
Natalie Glebova was set to open a festival last weekend at Nathan Phillips Square in front of [Toronto's] City Hall, but municipal officials told organizers that the recently crowned Torontonian couldn't perform that duty if she wore her sash or her tiara, or if she was introduced by her title.
They said beauty pageants and beauty queens were banned from the square by a bylaw that prohibits activities deemed to be degrading to men or women through sexual stereotyping.
According to The Star, "the objection to Glebova's presence at City Hall was based upon fear of the 'message' her role sends young women; specifically, that one should not seek to gain fame or influence based solely upon one's physical beauty."
"My photograph is about the lack of freedom Arabic women have. I have used hands surrounding her face to show that she is trapped in her own society," wrote Carrie Walker of her photograph, "Behind the chador."
As a Darwinian libertarian, we say dress and let dress. As a woman, we say if you've got it, flaunt it. Let the woman herself answer the Freudianesque question, "What does a woman want to wear in the public square?" But no. Like Walter Lippmann and Hillary & Company, the totalitarians and fundamentalists of this world know better than we what is best for us. We are mere props in their utopian fantasies, and they will do everything in their power to pu**y [PMF] whip us into line.