The Sexual Rage Behind Islamic Terror by Jamie Glazov
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THE SEXUAL RAGE BEHIND ISLAMIC TERROR
By Jamie Glazov
ALL SERIAL KILLERS, almost without exception, are severely sexually
abused as children. The kind of people who hijack a plane with innocent
people and drive it into a building with thousands of other innocent
people are related to this phenomenon.
When sociopaths rape and kill, they do not see their victims as human
beings, but only as objects. This is because the sociopaths were
themselves, at one time, used as objects - as their bodily integrity
was repeatedly violated. The rage that results from sexual abuse is one
thing, but when combined with living in a dysfunctional culture of
sexual repression and misogyny, where love is reduced to violent
domination, it is quite another.
Throughout the Islamic Middle East, men and women are taught to be
vehemently opposed to pleasure, especially of the sexual variety. Men
are raised not only forbidden to touch women, but to even look at them.
Sex before marriage is not just a sin -- but also a criminal offence.
It is punishable by a severe beating at best, and an execution at
The sexual privileges that are allowed in Islamic cultures are
permitted to men. Women's sexuality and social independence represent
major threats to male supremacy and are tightly controlled. Thus, as
the Moroccan feminist Fitna Sabbah reveals in her book Woman in the
Muslim Unconscious, there is a disturbing conflict in the Middle East
between sexual libido and repression. A deep-seated fear of, and
hostility to, individuality prevails, and its main expression exists in
Socially segregated from women, Arab men succumb to homosexual
behavior. But, interestingly enough, there is no word for "homosexual"
in their culture in the modern Western sense. That is because having
sex with boys, or with effeminate men, is seen as a social norm. Males
serve as available substitutes for unavailable women. The male who does
the penetrating, meanwhile, is not emasculated any more than if he had
sex with a wife. The male who is penetrated is emasculated. The boy,
however, is not, since it is rationalized that he is not yet a man.
In this culture, males sexually penetrating males become a
manifestation of male power, conferring a status of hyper-masculinity.
It is considered to have nothing to do with homosexuality. An unmarried
man who has sex with boys is simply doing what men do. As the scholar
Bruce Dunne has demonstrated, sex in Islamic societies is not about
mutuality between partners, but about the adult male's achievement of
pleasure through violent domination.
There is silence around this issue. It is the silence that legitimizes
sexual violence against women, such as honor crimes and female
circumcision. It is also the silence that forces victimized Arab boys
into invisibility. Even though the society does not see their sexual
exploitation as being humiliating, the psychological and emotional
scars that result from their subordination, powerlessness and
humiliation is a given. Traumatized by the violation of their dignity
and manliness, they spend the rest of their lives trying to get it
The problem is that trying to recover from sexual abuse, and to
recapture one's own shattered masculinity, is quite an ordeal in a
culture where women are hated and love is interpreted as hegemonic
With women out of touch - and out of sight -- until marriage, males
experience pre-marital sex only in the confines of being with other
males. Their sexual outlet mostly includes victimizing younger males -
just the way they were victimized.
In all of these circumstances, the idea of love is removed from men's
understanding of sexuality. Like the essence of Arab masculinity, it is
reduced to hurting others by violence. A gigantic rupture develops
between men and women, where no harmony, affection or equality is
allowed to exist. In relationships between men, meanwhile, affection,
solidarity and empathy are left out of the picture. They threaten the
It is excruciating to imagine the sexual confusion, humiliation, and
repression that evolve in the mindsets of males in this culture. But it
is no surprise that many of these males find their only avenue for
gratification in the act of humiliating the foreign "enemy," whose
masculinity must be violated at all costs - as theirs once was.
Violating the masculinity of the enemy necessitates the dishing out of
severe violence against him. In the recent terrorist strikes,
therefore, violence against Americans served as a much-needed release
of the terrorists' bottled-up sexual rage. Moreover, it served as a
desperate and pathological testament of the re-masculinization of their
Jamie Glazov holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Soviet
Studies. He is the author of 15 Tips on How to be a Good Leftist. His
father, Yuri Glazov was a Soviet dissident during the Brezhnev era who
signed the Letter of Twelve, denouncing Soviet human rights abuses.
Yuri took his family to Canada in 1975. Today Jamie battles socialism
from his high-tech war room in Toronto. He writes the Dr. Progressive
advice column for angst-ridden leftists at EnterStageRight.com.
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