Friday, 8 May 2009
Pfwoar!! Look at the morals on that!

From The Times:


Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder but in a country where a woman’s eyes are the only feature on public display, judging a beauty pageant could prove awkward.

For that reason the future Miss Saudi Arabia will not win on the merits of her figure in a bikini or her perfect skin, but will instead secure the coveted crown by dint of her devotion to her parents and Islamic values.

As of tomorrow 200 veiled hopefuls will start a ten-week process to find the winner of “Miss Beautiful Morals”, including a workshop entitled “Mum, paradise is at your feet”, a reference to the Prophet Muhammad’s dictum that respect for one’s parents is a foundation of the faith. “The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants’ commitment to Islamic morals . . . It’s an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman’s body and looks,” Khadra al-Mubarak, the event’s founder, said.

Unlike other competitions abroad, there will be no men involved at any stage in Saudi Arabia’s only contest for young women and it will not be televised, allowing the competitors to take off the veils and black abayas that cover Saudi women from head to toe. “The winner won’t necessarily be pretty,” Ms al-Mubarak said. “We care about the beauty of the soul and the morals.”


The competition is now in its second year, with the number of women aged 15 to 25 hoping to bag the $2,600 (£1,720) prize almost tripling from last year.

 Bag's the word.

Posted on 05/08/2009 8:43 AM by Mary Jackson
8 May 2009
Hugh Fitzgerald

Yes, we've all noticed how Arab men in the West, with their wives in tow, and their rented harems of Western houris, are careful to choose those who show the greatest respect for their parents, and other outward and visible signs of a higher, Muslims-only morality. Just ask those who work at Claridge's, The Park Lane, The Dorchester, The Crillon, The Plaza-Athenee, all about their Arab clientele, and their deep interest in morality.

9 May 2009

I give them credit, this is brilliant.  They are attempting to draw a distinction between the empowering-of-women that is Islam, and the objectification-of-women that is kufirdom.  Who, other than the most troglodyte of misogynists, could disagree that the morality and philosophy of women is more important than their physical beauty?  The Wahhabi Saudis will pick up support from Western feminist liberals and Christian conservatives.

This is the sort of "defining of issues" that has worked so well in our domestic politics, to slice and dice demographics into manageable bite-sized nibbles for easier digestion.  I would not be surprised if our good friends and strong allies, the Saudis, are getting assistance from U.S. political operatives in a well-funded public relations campaign.

By the way, how will the contestants arrive at the competition?  Will they, each and every one of them, arrive with a related male owner (of course walking behind him, and of course not driving herself)?