From the Daily Mail comes a story about Islamic women extremists wanting their equal rights, not for education, employment, equal pay, or laws ensuring equal treatment, but rather for joining al Qaeda as suicide bombers to advance the cause of their own oppression. It is forbidden for women to join and blow themselves up for Allah according to Zawahiri. For the men of that culture, while being perfectly comfortable with beating, oppressing, sexually mutilating, and treating their women as chattel, the thought of women exploding for the cause makes the men feel a bit squeamish.
Instead, claims Zawahiri, women should make themselves “ready for any service” their men require. Better for the women to be ignorant servants to their crazy husbands while staying at home and raising their children to go out and blow themselves up for Allah, than to be allowed any equal footing in their society by sharing the burden (or glory) of dying for their God. And it sort of makes sense when you think about it. What the heck are female martyrs going to do with all those vestal virgins, anyway? (Please leave an amusing response in the comments section, thanks!)
(hat tip Culture Wire)