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The New York City Progressive Muslim Meetup Group Message Board › Updated Description: Who Owns a Woman's Body? Friday, March 2, 2012 6:45 PM

Updated Description: Who Owns a Woman's Body? Friday, March 2, 2012 6:45 PM

New York, NY
Whether in the United States, Europe or the Muslim-majority world, the issue of women and control over their bodies is an intensely debated topic. Saudi Arabia and Iran require women to cover from head to toe. France and Turkey demand that they do not. Rick Santorum wants to block access to contraception. Afghanistan and Pakistan will execute women for having consensual sex. Virginia wants to force women to undergo invasive exams. Masjids restrict where women can worship. Everywhere there is public scrutiny on women's bodies, frankly in a way that does not exist for men. From vasectomies to Viagra, clothing to worship, no one is really discussing policies to mandate or restrict men's use of their own bodies in the same way.

So, who owns a woman's body? Does Islam truly limit her rights to consent or withdraw consent in what she wears, where she worships, whom she marries, with whom she associates or has sexual relations, whether she gets an education, bears a child or is beaten by her husband for disobedience? Does Islam allow a woman to own herself? Are Muslim and non-Muslim societies able to cope with a woman who owns her own body?

Please join us as we explore these issues on Friday, March 2nd at 6:45pm.

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