Afghan Beauty Goes from Burka to Bikini

imageNamanya Vida Samadzai. Dialah perempuan Afghanistan pertama yang berani tampil dengan pakaian setengah telanjang di chat walk kontes ratu kecantikan dunia, dalam 30 tahun terakhir.

Menteri urusan wanita Afghanistan, mengutuk Vida Samadzai yang ikut dalam kontes ratu kecantikan dari Afghanistan. Penampilan setengah telanjang Vida itu berlangsung dalam acara kontes ratu kecantikan di Manila pada hari Sabtu (25/10). “Menurut saya, penampilan telanjang di depan kamera atau televisi bukanlah bentuk kebebasan wanita. Tapi ini hanya tontonan bagi laki-laki bernafsu kotor,” cetus Menteri Hebiba Surabi.

”Kami mengutuk Vida Samadzai. Dia dengan perilaku primitifnya, tidak mewakili wanita wanita Afghanistan. Dan ini bukan bentuk kebebasan wanita,” kecam Surabi. Menurut kultur Afghanistan, kata Surabi, wanita dilarang memperlihatkan harga dirinya dengan menggunakan kecantikan atau mempertontonkan bentuk tubuhnya. Tapi memperlihatkan kebolehannya dengan menampilkan keterampilan dan pengetahuannya. “Atas nama kebebasan wanita, maka apa yang dilakukan wanita Afghanistan itu bukanlah bentuk kebebasan wanita. Tapi lebih merupakan tindakan nista,” kecam sang Menteri.

Peserta kontes kecantikan berusia 25 tahun itu kini menetap di AS. Dia merupakan wanita Afghan pertama dalam 30 tahun terakhir, yang ikut dalam acara kontes ratu kecantikan dunia yang diadakan di ibukota Filipina pekan ini.

Inilah di antara luka yang dialami dunia Islam. Terlebih kontes kecantikan yang melibatkan wanita Afghanistan itu terjadi di awal bulan Ramadhan, bulan suci kaum Muslimin yang harusnya dihormati sebagai bulan mulia. (stn/hrldsn/eramuslim)


IMG: Afghan woman shopping
Image: Miss Afghanistan Vida Samadzai Leads Other Miss Earth Candidates During Press Preview


Afghans angry at beauty queen’s bikini appearance

Date: October 27 2003
The Taliban has been ousted from rule in Afghanistan and its hardline Islamic policies are a thing of the past, but many Afghans have been shocked and angered by an Afghan woman appearing in a bikini at a beauty pageant.

Twenty-five-year-old Vida Samadzai — the first Afghan entrant in an international beauty contest for 30 years and the first since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 — joined more than 50 other women at a hotel in Manila early this week for the Miss Earth competition.

“She is not representing Afghan women. The way she appeared is not in our Afghan culture nor is endorsed by Islam,” Habiba Surabi, women’s affairs minister, told Reuters in Kabul.

The slim and dark-haired Samadzai was born and raised in Afghanistan, but left for the United States in 1996 to escape the civil war and the rise to power of the Taliban’s religious movement.

Her picture in a red bikini shocked many in her nation.

“She is not an Afghan. I was shocked and felt embarrassed to see her appearing like this before cameras and people,” said 30-year-old Mohammad Ashraf, a Kabul University student.

Frishta, a 25-year-old woman, said Samadzai should be stripped of her Afghan nationality.

“She could have participated in Afghan and Islamic traditional clothes rather than showing her body to people. As a woman I am shocked,” Frishta said.

Samadzai, who may be unaware of the outrage she has caused at home, told Reuters this week that she wanted to dispel the notion that Afghan women were cloistered.

“I would like to make people aware that as Afghan women we are talented, intelligent and beautiful. We are one of the people who can make a difference in this world.”

Officials at the women’s ministry of President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government and several religious clerics also criticised Samadzai. Several other residents suggested that Karzai himself should condemn her.

Karzai was installed in power in 2001, after US-led forces overthrew the radical Taliban regime, which had won notoriety for banning women from appearing in public without the all enveloping burqa and banned them from most outdoor jobs and education.

Burka Vs Bikini – The Debauchery Of American Womanhood

By Henry Makow, Ph.D.
On my wall, I have a picture of a Muslim woman shrouded in a burka.

Beside it is a picture of an American beauty contestant, wearing nothing but a bikini.

One woman is totally hidden from the public; the other is totally exposed. These two extremes say a great deal about the clash of so-called “civilizations.”

The role of woman is at the heart of any culture. Apart from stealing Arab oil, the impending war in the Middle East is about stripping Arabs of their religion and culture, exchanging the burka for a bikini.

I am not an expert on the condition of Muslim women and I love feminine beauty too much to advocate the burka here. But I am defending some of the values that the burka represents for me.

For me, the burka represents a woman’s consecration to her husband and family. Only they see her.

It affirms the privacy, exclusivity and importance of the domestic sphere.

The Muslim woman’s focus is her home, the “nest” where her children are born and reared. She is the “home” maker, the taproot that sustains the spiritual life of the family, nurturing and training her children, providing refuge and support to her husband.

In contrast, the bikinied American beauty queen struts practically naked in front of millions on TV. A feminist, she belongs to herself. In practice, paradoxically, she is public property. She belongs to no one and everyone. She shops her body to the highest bidder. She is auctioning herself all of the time.

In America, the cultural measure of a woman’s value is her sex appeal. (As this asset depreciates quickly, she is neurotically obsessed with appearance and plagued by weight problems.)

As an adolescent, her role model is Britney Spears, a singer whose act approximates a strip tease. From Britney, she learns that she will be loved only if she gives sex. Thus, she learns to “hook up” rather than to demand patient courtship and true love. As a result, dozens of males know her before her husband does. She loses her innocence, which is a part of her charm. She becomes hardened and calculating. Unable to love, she is unfit to receive her husband’s seed.

The feminine personality is founded on the emotional relationship between mother and baby. It is based on nurturing and self-sacrifice. Masculine nature is founded on the relationship between hunter and prey. It is based on aggression and reason.

Feminism teaches woman that feminine nature has resulted in “oppression” and that she should convert to male behavior instead. The result: a confused and aggressive woman with a large chip on her shoulder, unfit to become a wife or mother.

This, of course, is the goal of the social engineers at the NWO: undermine sexual identity and destroy the family, create social and personal dysfunction, and reduce population. (See In the “brave new world,” women are not supposed to be nest makers, or progenitors of the race. They are meant to be neutered autonomous creatures that indulge in sex for physical pleasure, not for love or procreation.

At his press conference on Sunday, Donald Rumsfeld said that Iranian women and youth were restive under the rule of the Mullahs. He implied that the US would soon liberate them. To Britney Spears? To low-rise “see-my-thong” pants? To the mutual masturbation that passes for sexuality in America?

Parenthood is the pinnacle of human development. It is the stage when we finally graduate from self-indulgence and become God’s surrogates: creating and nurturing new life. The New World Order does not want us to reach this level of maturity. Pornography is the replacement for marriage. We are to remain stunted: single, sex-starved and self-obsessed.

We are not meant to have a permanent “private” life. We are to remain lonely and isolated, dependent on consumer products for our identity, in a state of perpetual courtship.

This is especially destructive for woman. Her sexual attraction is a function of her fertility. As fertility declines, so does her sex appeal. If a woman devotes her prime years to becoming “independent,” she is not likely to find a permanent mate.

Her long-term personal fulfillment and happiness lies in making marriage and family her first priority.

Feminism is another cruel New World Order hoax that has debauched American women and despoiled Western civilization. It has ruined millions of lives and represents a lethal threat to Islam.

I am not advocating the burka but rather some of the values that it represents, specifically a woman’s consecration to her future husband and family, and the modesty and dignity this entails.

The burka and the bikini represent two extremes. The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Henry Makow, Ph.D. is the inventor of the board game Scruples and the author of “A Long Way to go for a Date.” His articles on feminism and the New World Order are found at He welcomes your comments at

From Mary Sparrowdancer

While this man makes some good and decent points, it is my opinion that his description of what constitutes the sum total of the female human being in his eyes is draconian at best, and quite possibly insulting to any woman who has an IQ over 160. Or over 140. Or over 120, – or let’s just say any woman who is consciously aware of herself as an intelligent individual in addition to being a nurturing, birth-giving human being.

From Mike Harris

While Dr. Makow makes some valid observations concerning some of the flawed perspectives directed towards and about women in Western Society, he fails miserably to produce any true insight.

The comparison of a “Miss America” Contestant with the “average” Burka-covered Muslim female is ludicrous–were women expected to be parading on our city streets or going to the market dressed in Bikinis it might be an apt comparison, but such is not the case. Further, the inadequacies of Britney Spears as a Teenage Role Model have been pointed out many times by others–including Spears herself recently.

Dr. Makow seems to use the term “independent” in connection with women as some sort of slang insult,and he competely ignores that the so-called revered status of Muslim womanhood amounts to them being treated as Property .

In America, women are treated as a Commodity due to their beauty (as are Men) — IF they wish to be and IF they allow it . But bottom-line, they have The Freedom to either self-promote or reject the status of Commodity.

In the Muslim rigid framework of existence, women are Property, and are subject to cruelty far greater than any so-called Western “debauchery”.

“The burka and the bikini represent two extremes. The answer lies somewhere in the middle. ”

That is the only unassailable statement Dr. Makow makes—all else is simply proof that a Ph.D doesn’t necessarily guarantee a perceptive viewpoint, merely that the author’s Opinion shall be printed somewhere.



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